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Saskatoon Police Pipes And Drums Schedule

Friday, September 20th 2019

Glasgow Homecoming events include the Pub Crawl, Sat. Sept. 21st, with the Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums performing. Here is their schedule:

Friday, Sept. 20
2:30 p.m. - Homecoming Parade
6:00 p.m. - Chili feed @ GHS
7:00 p.m. - Homecoming football game

Saturday, Sept. 21
10:30 a.m. - Kiwanis Breakfast @ Glasgow Senior Citizen Center
11:00 a.m. - Valley View Home
11:30 a.m. - Nemont Manor
Noon - Prairie Ridge Village
1:00 p.m. - GHS for volleyball match

5:30 – 6:00 - VFW
6:15 - 6:45 p.m. - Cottonwood Inn
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Busted Knuckle Brewery
7:40 - 8:10 p.m. - Glasgow Elks Lodge
8:15 - 9:00 p.m. - Stockman Bar
9:15 - 10:00 p.m. - Durum Restaurant
10:15 p.m. - 10:45 p.m. - Montana Bar
10:50 p.m. - 11:20 p.m. - Alley's Palace
11:30 p.m. - End - Sam & Jeff's

Sam Kitzenberg Passes Away

Thursday, September 19th 2019

Sunset Hills Funeral home

Leslie Loring (Sam) Kitzenberg died peacefully in his sleep at Evergreen Nursing Home in Hot Springs, MT on September 12, 2019. Sam was 72 years old and suffered the last several years from dementia. Sam is survived by his wife, Ronnie of Deer Lodge, MT; children Mark (Paula) Kitzenberg, Josh Kitzenberg, Samantha (Corey) Kitzenberg of Billings, MT and Jordan (Jake) Lowney of Draper, UT; grandchildren Katie and Cole Kitzenberg, Jackson and Lily Lowney; brother Kim (Mary) Kitzenberg and their children Kyle and Kristina Kitzenberg of Williston, ND. Sam is preceded in death by his parents Leland and Agnes (Thorstenson) Kitzenberg.

Born on July 25, 1947 in Williston, ND to Leland and Agnes Kitzenberg, Sam graduated from Plentywood High School in 1965 and the University of Montana in Missoula, MT in 1969 with a BA in Education.

He married Ronnie Gilman in February 1969 and they moved to Columbia Falls, MT where Sam began a career in education. Sam and Ronnie later moved to Williston, ND where Sam joined the family shoe business (H & H Shoes/Sam’s Shoes) from 1977 to 1990.

Sam went back to school and updated his teaching certificate which led him to a teaching position at Glasgow High School until 2005.

During his time in Glasgow, Sam fulfilled a lifetime dream of serving in the Montana legislature in both House of Representatives and Senate for a period of 14 years. Showing early signs of political ambition, he was elected Boy’s State Governor in 1964, and, from then on, it was full steam ahead! He was extremely proud of his many accomplishments while serving the people of Montana. His accomplishments include: establishing the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery, the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, MT and the Fort Peck Interpretive Center in Fort Peck, MT.

He also was instrumental in establishing the All-Day Kindergarten in MT. He was the presenter/champion of the School Bullying Bill and was a leader of the 4 for 2 Highway Campaign. Sam was tenacious on all projects he undertook and rarely took no for an answer, “anything was possible”. Riding around in his green Volkswagon Bug, proclaiming his faith on his license plate, “PRSEHIM”, Sam’s faith was an integral part of his life. He was a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and occasional Lay preacher. Anyone who knew Sam the least little bit, knew he chugged those 12 packs of Diet Pepsi like a thirsty man in the desert. Add a few turkey dinners in the mix, and he was a happy man.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, October 19 at the Senior Citizen’s Center in Deer Lodge, with a reception to follow from 12-3pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sam’s life. In lieu of flowers, please share Sam’s memories at sunsethillsfuneralhomes.net . The family would like to thank the Evergreen Nursing Home in Hot Springs, MT, the Genesis Home and the Renaissance Assisted Living Home in Deer Lodge, MT for their continued quality of care they gave Sam.

Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council To Meet Sept. 19

Tuesday, September 17th 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) will meet from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 19, at the Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery in Fort Peck.

The meeting is open to the public and will include wildlife, fisheries, state parks, and other updates from FWP, and a roundtable discussion with CAC members.

Each of FWP’s seven administrative regions has a volunteer CAC to help guide policies and programs. The Region 6 group meets three times a year.

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

Missouri River flooding expected downstream from Fort Peck

Tuesday, September 17th 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal officials say the amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the 2011 record and a third round of flooding is expected this week after unusually heavy rains upstream.

Heavy rains dumped more than four times normal in parts of Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota last week. That triggered flood warnings and forced the forecast for how much water will flow down the Missouri River to jump to 58.8 million acre feet (17.92 million meters).

That will be second only to 2011's 61 million acre feet (18.59 million meters).

The Corps of Engineers doesn't expect major problems or threats to cities with the latest flooding — provided the temporary repairs made to levees since the spring hold up. But communities along the river are bracing for problems.

North Dakota sets record for oil production in July

Tuesday, September 17th 2019

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

The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.44 million barrels of oil daily in July. That was up from the previous record of 1.42 million barrels a day in set in June.

North Dakota also produced a record 2.94 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in July, up from 2.88 billion cubic feet in June.

Statewide, companies flared 23 percent of all gas produced in July, or nearly double the 12 percent target.

There were a record 15,943 wells producing in July. The July tallies are the latest figures available.

There were 62 drill rigs operating Monday, up five from the July average.

GHS Educational Trust Announces $2 Millon Dollar Bequest From The Estate Of James “Jim” A. Parke

Tuesday, September 17th 2019

(Press Release)
To say that Jim Parke’s bequest to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust is a generous gift from a generous individual is a serious understatement. It is so much more. It is a reflection of a life defined not only by intellectual and professional excellence, but also by an abiding faith, loyalty, and concern for others that guided his every move, from his earliest days in a small town on the Montana prairie to the pillars of the American and international business world in his career to his active and philanthropic retirement.

James “Jim” A. Parke began life in Glasgow, Montana, the son of Arthur and Audrey Parke, a banker and the city-county treasurer, respectively. His values were acquired early from his devoted and loving parents and shared with his younger sister Ardis, who both adored and delighted him. The feeling was mutual. His participation at First Lutheran Church in study and worship, in Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, in Key Club, serving as Montana’s Governor, and in football, playing quarterback and serving as co-captain, all helped cement his values and displayed and developed his leadership potential. He graduated from Glasgow High School with the class of 1964 and retained and nurtured the friendships he formed there throughout his lifetime.

He continued his education and honed his leadership skills at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, serving as student body president and graduating in 1968 with a triple major in economics, political science, and history. He later became a generous supporter of the college, both financially and with his professional guidance, serving on the Board of Regents and other councils, where his expertise and sound judgment were deeply appreciated. In 2017, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Concordia and delivered the commencement address. It was revealing that at the conclusion of his address, Jim Parke, then battling stage-IV lung cancer, raised his fist up high and in a strong voice recited Concordia’s motto: “Soli Deo Gloria”—Glory to God alone.

Jim Parke began a 37-year career with General Electric Company following his graduation from Concordia College. His financial acumen, hard work, collaborative style, and high ethical standards propelled him through various enterprises within GE’s global interests, resulting in his rise to the highest level of management in GE. He retired from GE as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of GE Capital Services and Senior Vice President of General Electric Company in 2005.

True to his nature, after his retirement, Jim remained actively engaged in improving the lives of others by enhancing financial services and promoting educational opportunities. He served as a director of Genworth Financial for 14 years and as a director of First Community Bancorp in Glasgow, where his father and his wife, Marilyn Sellers Parke, had worked decades before. For 27 years, Jim served on the Board of Directors of buildON, a nonprofit that builds and operates schools in impoverished areas of underdeveloped nations. On his passing in 2018, a school in Delva, Haiti, was built in his name.

Through all of his successful endeavors, Jim moved with a humility and humor that made him a cherished friend and beloved family member. Taking time for recreation was essential to him and experiencing other cultures through his extensive travel was a priority and a joy. It is clear by his gift to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust, however, that no matter where he went or what he achieved, he still loved his home town and wanted to help its students to a brighter future.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was established in 1964 by the Glasgow High School Class of 1938. Gifts of cash, stock, and real estate from supporters across the nation have grown the corpus of the trust to over $7.9 million dollars. Interest earned on its investments is awarded to eligible applicants through a semi-annual process administered by the trustees. Application deadlines are July 1st and October 15th of each year.

All Glasgow High School graduates who have completed one year of college or one semester of trade school, are in good academic standing, attending full-time (12 semester credits minimum) either on campus or online, and showing steady progress toward completion of a degree or certification are encouraged to apply. The application, which lists additional requirements that must be met, is available at www.ghsedutrust.org. It must be completed properly, thoroughly, and submitted on time to be considered. Financial need has always been a primary consideration; therefore, the trust has established levels of support to meet students’ diverse needs, and it distributes the funds available accordingly.

Students may reapply for additional aid for a total of eight semesters if they meet all of the eligibility requirements. To date, the trust has made 2,397 awards to 734 different students totaling $2,309,500.00. The trust has also made 122 awards to Glasgow High School providing enrichment activities and advanced equipment to every department. The dollar value of these gifts totals $247,779.09.

Whenever the trust receives donations that total $500 in the name of a particular individual, a gift is given to a student or to Glasgow High School in honor, memory, or recognition of that person. Gifts of $10,000 or more in the name of a particular individual allow for an annual naming opportunity.

James “Jim” A. Parke led an extraordinary life. It serves as an inspiration to all students to dream big, work hard, stay true to themselves and their values, and serve others. The Glasgow High School Educational Trust is honored to include the first gift in memory of Jim with those recently awarded for the 2019-2020 school year.

First Time Recipients: Alexander Fransen, Dickinson State University, IMO Harold H. & Irene W. Smith (fall semester) IMO Harry Rybock (spring semester); McKenna Gagne, Minot State University, IMO Class of 1969 (fall semester) IHO Stan Andersen Family (spring semester); Bailee Holstein, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Leonard H. & Kathryn L. Langen (fall semester) IMO Ronald A. Combs (spring semester); Jesi Kennedy, Montana Tech–U of M, IHO Dorothy Kolstad (fall semester) IMO Vern & Edna Richardson (spring semester); Kaylee King, ND State University, IMO Leonard A. & Margery A. Bollinger (fall semester) IMO Maxine Fiedler (spring semester); Madison Knodel, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Lois Wilson Markle (fall semester) IMO Lois Wilson Markle (spring semester); Sophia Koessl, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Class of 1978 (fall semester) IMO Horace O. & Emma C. Gamas (spring semester); Sarah Law, Miles Community College, IHO Everett & Elizabeth Breigenzer (fall semester) IMO Marsha Cotton Hall (spring semester);
Bryce Legare, MSU-Bozeman, IHO James & Ailene Dokken Olk Family (fall semester) IMO James “Jamie” K. Fewer (spring semester); Benjamin Phillips, ND State University, IMO Steven “Steve” C. Bell (fall semester) IMO Arthur & Audrey Parke (spring semester); Deann Rasmusan, Minot State University, IMO Ardis Parke Fuhrman (fall semester) IMO James F. & Anne Hoffmann (spring semester); Alexis Stahl, MSU-Billings, IMO Kathleen “Kathy” Logan Block (fall semester) IMO Gary & Idella Mott (spring semester).

Second Time Recipients: Kiauna Barsad, Rocky Mountain College, IHO Bill & Peggy Pattison Endowment (fall semester) IRO Herb & Lucille Friedl Family (spring semester); Luke Breigenzer, MSU-Bozeman, IMO James “Jim” A. Parke (fall semester) IMO James “Jim” A. Parke (spring semester); Des’Rea Dible, Arizona State University, IHO Gayle Wagenhals Sage (fall semester) IMO Hovland Family (spring semester); Teagan Fossum, University of Mary, IMO Curtis “Curt” Wesen (fall semester) IMO Cecil & Chloe Toftness (spring semester); Khloe Krumwiede, University of North Dakota, IMO Dean Rusher (fall semester) IRO Leroy & Bess Lockwood Family (spring semester); Jordan Kulczyk, Williston State College, IMO Verda Hoffarth Stewart (fall semester) IRO Stannebein Family (spring semester); Taylor Padden, MSU-Bozeman, IMO O. E. & Lois Wilson Markle (fall semester) IMO O.E. & Lois Wilson Markle (spring semester).

Third Time Recipients: Andrea Hansen, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Sever & Esther Enkerud (fall semester) IRO John & Catherine Etchart Family (spring semester); Karissa Liebelt, ND State University, IHO Beryl Pehlke (fall semester) IRO Paul & Joyce Ruffcorn Jacobson (spring semester); Jacob Page, U. of Montana, IMO Dr. F. M. & Bernice Knierim (fall semester) IMO Lila M. Sanders & IHO Phyllis Moen Sanguine (spring semester); Brett See, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Charlotte Bruce (fall semester) IRO Willard & Charlotte Bruce Family (spring semester); Alexa Shipp, MSU-Billings, IMO Karen D. Newton (fall semester) IRO Beatrice Trites & Family (spring semester); Alexandrea Simensen, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Donald J. “Don” Baker (fall semester) IMO Donald J. “Don” Baker (spring semester); Kendra Vaugh, MSU-Billings, IMO L. J. & Jean Baker (fall semester) IRO Glenn R. & Carolee Grina Wallem (spring semester).

Fourth Time Recipient: Kaleb Cole, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Aaron “Chappy” Chatten (fall semester) IMO Wallace L. Johnson (spring semester).

The following equipment was also purchased for Glasgow High School:

GBC Heatseal Ultima 65 Roll Laminator, IMO Robert “Bob” E. Rennick, Jr. , for the Library ;
Boomerang Collaborate Desks, IRO Ione & Phyllis Kleppin, for the Social Studies Department;
Framing Saw, IRO Tom & Flora Coghlan Family, for the Industrial Technology Department.

2019 ACT Composite Results Remain Unchanged from 2018; Slight Increases in Math and English Language Arts Proficiency

Friday, September 13th 2019

2019 ACT Composite Results Remain Unchanged from 2018; Slight Increases in Math and English Language Arts Proficiency
HELENA—The Office of Public Instruction announced Montana’s 2019 ACT results today. The overall state composite score in 2019 was 19.6, the same as in 2018 and down from 2017 and 2016 composites of 19.7 and 20.0 respectively. The ACT is Montana’s statewide assessment for high school students for federal reporting purposes and an important tool for assessing college readiness. In the math category, 34% of students were proficient compared to 32% last year. In the English language arts combined categories, 46% of students were proficient compared to 44% last year.
“These ACT results show that Montana has work to do in preparing our students for success in college and careers, especially in the critical areas of math and English language arts,” State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen said Friday. “While one test is not an indicator of a student’s full potential and not all students need to go to college to find a career, Montana must prepare the next generation for success after they graduate high school.
This year, 9,570 juniors took the ACT which represents about 95% participation statewide. The test measures proficiency in English, reading, writing, math, and science. The bellow chart shows the percentage of students who are college ready in each category. The Montana University System requires a composite score of 22 as one of the admissions criteria of its four-year campuses.
As part of Montana’s federal accountability system, the OPI included the ACT as a college or career readiness indicator alongside Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, and CTE concentration, among others.

The ACT is funded by the Office of the Commissioner of High Education through a federal Gear Up grant and is administered by ACT Inc. and the Office of Public Instruction.

*A detailed 2019 ACT report along with state and local results can be found at this link: https://gems.opi.mt.gov/StudentAchievement/Pages/ACTDashboard.aspx
*State and local SBAC results for elementary and middle schools will be available in the coming weeks.

College Readiness Benchmarks

Subject ACT College Readiness Benchmark % At or Above College Ready Indicator for 2018 % At or Above College Ready Indicator for 2019
English 18 49% 50%
Reading 22 38% 37%
Math 22 32% 34%
Science 23 30% 29%
Composite 22 33% 32%

Governor Bullock orders all flags flown in Montana to be at half-staff in observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service

Wednesday, September 11th 2019

I hereby order all flags flown in the State of Montana to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, in honor of all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and in observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service.

On the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we are reminded of how much we lost, of the brave first responders and citizens who gave their lives to save others, and the men and women of the Armed Forces who continue to carry out the mission we asked of them. We owe an enormous debt to these Americans for ensuring the safety of our communities and upholding the freedoms and values of the United States. Today is not only about mourning, but a reminder of the promises we made to these heroes and a re-commitment to make good on those promises.

Dated this 10th day of September 2019.


US seeks to dismiss tribes' lawsuit over Keystone pipeline

Wednesday, September 11th 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for the Trump administration are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes that want to block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Tribes in Montana and South Dakota say President Donald Trump approved the pipeline in March without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction.

The Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and South Dakota's Rosebud Sioux tribe say Trump's action violated their rights under treaties from the mid-1800s.

The administration argues Trump's presidential permit applies only to a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) section of pipeline along the U.S.-Canada border in northern Montana.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris will preside over a Thursday hearing on the government's attempt to dismiss the case.

Montana is the oldest state in the West. Demographics tell the tale.

Tuesday, September 10th 2019

Montana Free Press
By Eric Dietrich

HELENA — Montana is, in fact, a country for old men, and women too, according to demographic statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, which indicate that based on median age, Montana holds the distinction of grayest state in the west.

And certain stretches of the state — including many but not all rural counties — have considerably older residents than Montana as a whole. That state of demographic affairs has wide-ranging implications for regional economies, education systems, and health-care access.

“We’ve got this Baby Boomer bulge that’s pushing into retirement as we speak,” said University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research economist Pat Barkey. Aging demographics are also driven by national trends toward smaller families and longer life expectancies, he said.

The median Montanan, according to the Census figures, is 39.8 years old — two years older than the national number, 37.8, and further into middle age than the median resident of any of the 10 other states in the continental western U.S.

The second-place contender for grayest western state, Oregon, has a median age of 39.2 years. Utah, the youngest state in the West, and the youngest state in the country, has a median age of 30.5 years.

There are 10 states in the eastern U.S. with populations older than Montana’s, among them Florida (median age: 41.8), Vermont (42.8), and Maine, which, with a median age of 44.3, is the oldest state in the nation.

Those statistics and others in this piece come from U.S. Census American Community Survey data, representing a five-year average from 2013 to 2017. The margin of error associated with ACS figures means they can be somewhat imprecise, especially for low-population, rural counties where federal statisticians survey relatively few people.

An aging population creates a number of challenges for Montana. Business leaders and economists, for example, worry that an older population means fewer potential employees to staff Montana businesses. While tight labor markets can drive wages up as companies compete for a limited number of workers, they can also stifle economic growth when businesses hold off on expanding because managers are uncertain about being able to fill new positions.

“Any individual company can find good workers, but in aggregate there are fewer of those [workers],” Barkey said. “It’s always good to have more jobs than people, but it’s still a problem.”

Barkey also said that aging demographics can influence how much revenue government is able to collect from various taxes, since older taxpayers “tend to be property rich and income poor.”

Additionally, having fewer family-age residents in rural communities can starve schools of enrollment. And older residents are likely to need more medical attention as they age, a particular challenge in isolated communities, where traveling to a major hospital can require a multi-hour round-trip.

In terms of age distribution, Montana’s population includes more residents in their 50s and 60s relative to the U.S. as a whole, and fewer under the half-century mark. For example, 13% of Montanans are in their 60s, compared to 11% of Americans nationwide. If Montana’s population mirrored national age distribution, the state would have 32,000 fewer residents in their 60s and 70s, and 14,400 more in their 20s and 30s.

The statewide age gap is relatively modest, however, compared to the demographic distributions in many rural Montana counties.

Missoula and Bozeman, with their flagship state universities and high rates of in-migration, are home to a disproportionate share of twenty-something residents by national standards: 19% and 21% of their populations, respectively, compared to 14% nationally.

Rural counties, in contrast, tend to have demographic gaps when it comes to young adults and peaks for residents older than 50. In Teton County, northwest of Great Falls, for example, only 9% of residents are in their 20s — nearly 5 percentage points below the national number. In Granite County, which includes Philipsburg, 21% of residents are in their 60s — nearly twice the national figure of 11%.

Counties that overlap with American Indian reservations are the exception, generally hosting demographics with more children. In Glacier County, which spans Cut Bank and most of the Blackfeet Reservation, almost 19% of residents are under 10. Nationally, the figure is 13%.

The median age in Granite County is 53.1, making it the second-grayest county in the state, after Golden Valley County. Gallatin County, encompassing Bozeman, has a fresh-faced median age of 33.4, but is still older than a trio of reservation counties: Glacier, Roosevelt, and Big Horn. Roosevelt and Big Horn are in a statistical tie for youngest county in the state, with their median ages estimated by the Census Bureau at roughly 30.

This story is published by Montana Free Press as part of the Long Streets Project. This work is supported in part by a grant from the Greater Montana Foundation, which encourages communication on issues, trends, and values of importance to Montanans. Reach Lead Reporter Eric Dietrich at edietrich@mtfp.org.

Bank of Bridger, N.A. Announces Acquisition Of Valley Bank In Glasgow And First Security Bank In Malta

Tuesday, September 10th 2019

Bridger, Montana, September 10, 2019 - Bank of Bridger, N.A. is proud to announce that its parent bank holding company, The Bridger Company, has acquired Malta Banquo, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiaries, First Security Bank and Valley Bank. With the acquisition, Bank of Bridger N. A. is expected to have $600 million in total assets, $300 million in total loans, and $550 million in deposits. Bank of Bridger, N. A. Family of Banks is a community bank with 12 locations throughout Montana and Wyoming.

"We are excited to expand our footprint in the agriculturally based communities of Malta and Glasgow," remarked Bart Langemeier, CEO of Bank of Bridger, N.A. "Our expertise in ranching and farming will pair well with the existing customer base. In addition, we will bring technology enhancements, increased lending capabilities, more products and services and an expanded lending area. We believe in investing in all the communities we serve and strive to provide quality banking services to meet our customer's needs."

Bank of Bridger, N. A. was originally chartered on May 1, 1906 under The First National Bank of Lovell. Several name changes and ownerships later, the current owners purchased the holding company in 1986 and ownership remains the same today. Bank of Bridger, N. A. Family of Banks commitment to community is reflected in the names of our locations as each one is named for the towns we serve. Keeping with our community spirit, we are proud to announce that First Security Bank will be renamed Bank of Malta and Valley Bank will be renamed Bank of Glasgow.

Our market areas include Bridger, Butte, Glasgow, Harlem, Joliet, Malta, Plentywood and Red Lodge Montana; Greybull, Lovell, Powell and Thermopolis Wyoming. For more information, log on to www.bankofbridger.com . Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

National Weather Service Expecting More Rain This Week - Flooding Possible

Monday, September 9th 2019

The National Weather Service is expecting the next round of rain to begin Tuesday evening and continue into late Thursday. Expected additional rainfall amounts will range from around an inch in the northwest to in excess of two and a half inches near the North Dakota border, with the heaviest rain occurring Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Flooding is possible along Beaver Creek and the Milk River below the Beaver Creek confluence. The ground is already saturated from one to three inches of rain over the weekend. An additional one to three inches mainly Wednesday and Wednesday night will cause rivers, creeks and streams to rise over the next several days.

For the latest forecast updates, visit www.weather.gov/ggw.

National Weather Service Radar Down For Maintenance Today

Monday, September 9th 2019

(from the National Weather Service office in Glasgow)

Due to the ongoing precipitation this week, we moved the start date to today to take the radar down as the 2nd of 3 systems is moving out of the area today and we get a small break before the next round of moisture comes in.

The radar team will be working extended hours to get the radar back up and running as quick as they can, hopefully before mid-week if things go well.

In the meantime, your reports are critical to us. Rainfall totals are important to know about, as well as flooding over roads and causing streams to go out of their banks. You can call us (228-4042) post them on our Facebook page, or tweet them to us (@NWSGlasgow) or email ggw.wxreport@noaa.gov, every bit of information helps.

Fort Peck water elevation falls 2.1 feet from July level

Friday, September 6th 2019

Widespread and heavy rainfall in the Missouri River basin above Sioux City, IA (upper basin) resulted in another month of above average runoff. Precipitation during August was more than 150 percent of normal in eastern Montana, portions of North Dakota, much of South Dakota and Nebraska. As a result, the Fort Randall and Gavins Point reaches experienced their wettest Augusts on record, while the Sioux City and Oahe reaches were second and third, respectively.

The 2019 upper basin runoff forecast is 54.6 million acre-feet (MAF). If realized, this runoff total would be the second highest runoff in 121 years of record-keeping, only surpassed by 2011 (61.0 MAF) and exceeding the 49.0 MAF observed in 1997. Accumulated runoff in the lower four reaches (Oahe, Fort Randall, Gavins Point, and Sioux City) was 27.3 MAF. In each of the lower four reaches, the observed runoff exceeded the maximum annual runoff with four months of the year remaining to accumulate additional runoff. By the end of 2019, the forecasted runoff in these four reaches is roughly 30.0 MAF, which exceeds the average annual runoff for the entire upper basin.

Fort Peck Dam
Average releases past month – 15,100 cfs
Current release rate – 15,000 cfs
Forecast average release rate – 14,800 cfs
End-of-August reservoir level – 2244.1 feet (down 2.1 feet from July)
Forecast end-of-September reservoir level – 2242.2 feet
Notes: Spillway releases will be increased this month during scheduled maintenance at the powerhouse. Total releases will remain unchanged during the maintenance.

The Missouri River mainstem reservoir system (System) storage was 65.6 MAF as of September 1, occupying 9.5 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone. All three of the upper three reservoirs (Fort Peck, Garrison, and Oahe) have fallen out of their exclusive flood control zones but remain high. “As a result of the high reservoir levels and the forecasted above-average runoff for the remainder of the summer and fall, releases from all System projects will be much above average for the next several months, and possibly as late as November, to ensure evacuation of all stored flood waters prior to the start of the 2020 runoff season. System releases from Gavins Point Dam are currently 70,000 cfs, which is nearly twice the average release for this time of the year,” said John Remus, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division (MRBWMD).

Seven public meetings will be conducted throughout the basin October 22-25. The purpose of these meetings is to update the region on current hydrologic conditions and the planned operation of the mainstem reservoir system during the remaining fall months as well as present the draft plans for operating the System during 2020. Meeting times and locations will be announced when additional details become available.

Updates on basin conditions, reservoir levels and other topics of interest can be viewed here: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/pdfs/weeklyupdate.pdf.

Canada’s Suncor sees increased political risk for Keystone XL oil pipeline

Thursday, September 5th 2019

Sept 4 (Reuters) - Canada’s second-largest oil producer, Suncor Energy, believes the political situation in the United States has increased the risks to companies counting on construction of TC Energy Corp’s proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

A legal fight between TC, previously known as TransCanada, and environmental activists has delayed the Canada-to-Texas pipeline for a decade. A court in Nebraska last month affirmed an alternative route through the state, raising hopes the project might proceed and provide badly needed transport capacity for Alberta’s crude.

U.S. President Donald Trump, a supporter of Keystone XL, faces an election in 2020 and candidates for the Democratic nomination are critics of the fossil fuel industry who favor government support for renewable energy and other steps to fight climate change.

“Keystone XL is a massive investment and the political situation in the U.S. is I think increasing the risk associated with that,” Suncor CEO Mark Little said at a Barclays investor conference in New York. “That’s one that a lot of people are doing soul-searching about right now because it’s also a very substantial investment. Now we still believe it will go ahead. But time will tell.”

A Suncor spokeswoman could not be immediately reached to clarify Little’s comments.

“We are committed to Keystone XL and will continue to carefully obtain the regulatory and legal approvals necessary before we consider advancing this commercially secure project to construction,” TC Energy spokesman Matthew John said.

Little said he believes plans to expand the Canadian government-owned Trans Mountain pipeline are “in pretty good shape,” and noted there is still ongoing work by Enbridge Inc to replace its Line 3 in Minnesota.

Congestion on export pipelines prompted the government of Alberta, Canada’s main oil-producing province, to impose crude production curtailments this year to help drain a glut of oil in storage and support prices.

Last month the Alberta government said it would extend curtailments into 2020 because of delays getting new pipelines built.

Government-mandated production quotas have weighed on investor sentiment toward Canadian energy stocks, but Husky Energy’s chief executive, also speaking at the Barclays investor conference, said curtailments would likely ease.

“I think quotas will become less of an issue going forward as we see incremental pipeline and rail capacity coming on. I don’t think they’ll bite as hard,” Husky CEO Rob Peabody said.

Canadian crude-by-rail volumes have increased this year as companies look for alternatives to congested pipelines, even though it is a more expensive way of transporting crude.

Glasgow City Council votes to increase mills levied on city property

Wednesday, September 4th 2019

The Glasgow City Council voted 3-2 on Monday to increase the amount of mills allocated for fiscal year 2019-2020. The value of a mill in the city of Glasgow increased from $4558.47 to $4812.87 in fiscal year 2019-2020. The City Council had several options presented to them on how they could proceed with the amount of money generated by allocation of mills. The council voted to levy 281.11 mills which will generate $1,352,945.89 for the general fund of the City of Glasgow.

This is an increase of $48,995.26 in taxes for residents of the City of Glasgow. The council had options of decreasing of taxes by $47,262.14 all the way to the increase of $48,995.26. In the end, the council voted 3-2 to take the largest increase in revenue generated by the amount of mills levied.

The council also voted on a new annual contract with T&R Trucking in the amount of $247,388.70. This is the contract that has T&R Trucking to pick up garbage in the City of Glasgow.

The council voted to start the process of selling the used street sweeper to the City of Malta. The city recently purchased a new street sweeper.

Lisa Koski was reappointed to the Glasgow Housing Authority for a 5 year term and the council voted to pay $1000 in dues for Two Rivers Economic Growth.

Stapleton Announces HAVA Grant Allocations For County Election Offices

Tuesday, September 3rd 2019

Helena, Montana—Today Secretary of State Corey Stapleton announced the awarding of 2018 HAVA Election Security Grants to Montana’s counties. The funds are part of a federal appropriation to update and improve security in elections. A $750,000 subgrant was made available to all Montana counties to share in the replacement of antiquated voting equipment or to supplement current voting equipment.

The grants will help counties buy the new ExpressVote voting system, which will be easier to manage for the election judges and a great benefit to voters with disabilities. The 2019 Montana legislature approved use of the new technology at the request of Secretary Stapleton, who worked with disability groups on the legislation.

“This is a big step in the right direction for counties to upgrade election technology that strengthens Montana’s election security ahead of 2020,” said Stapleton.

Valley County is to receive $3,529.21 according to the press release

Form Required For Lentils Payment

Tuesday, September 3rd 2019

There is currently an LDP rate of $0.20 per hundredweight on lentils in Valley County. To remain eligible for this payment, producers must file form CCC-633EZ with the Valley County FSA Office in Glasgow PRIOR to losing beneficial interest in the commodity. This generally occurs when the crop is hauled into the elevator. If beneficial interest is lost prior to filing the 633EZ, the crop is ineligible for the LDP payment.

Additionally, with the continued decline in crop prices, there may be LDP’s available for other crops, including spring wheat.

To ensure this potential benefit is not lost, FSA strongly encourages all producers to file form CCC-633EZ with your local office. The form may be obtained online and faxed to the FSA office at 855-556-1454 or you may stop by the office and complete the form.

Reminder In The Field This Hunting Season: Be A Good Steward Of The Land

Tuesday, September 3rd 2019

Photo tagline: “leave gates as you find them…if in doubt, call the landowner”- photo courtesy of FWP

Although most hunters respect the land, property, and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts to be good stewards of the land, and respect both private and public property. The FWP Region 6 Citizens Advisory Committee, recognizing that this is an ongoing issue, raised the need for more public outreach.

Every hunting season, there are reports of vandalizing of Block Management Area (BMA) boxes, hunters driving off road, illegal trespassing, hunters being shot over, littering, and livestock being shot. With upland bird and mourning dove seasons beginning over the Labor Day weekend, and deer and elk archery on Sept. 7, we encourage everyone to be good stewards of the land.

Below are just a few of the things that hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts should be aware of when enjoying our resources:

Standing crop- avoid hunting, walking or driving in fields that have not been harvested yet.

Littering- not only is littering careless and unsightly, it is against the law. This includes toilet paper, and the proper management of human waste.

Leave gates as you find them- If a gate is closed, close it behind you. If it is obviously open (pulled all the way back to the fence), leave it open. If you are unsure, contact the landowner or public land agency.

Know your target and beyond- Hunters must be sure of what they are shooting at (species, sex, etc.), and know what lies beyond their target (houses, outbuildings, livestock, vehicles, other hunters).

Prevent fires- Be aware of fire danger at all times and use precautions.

Be weed free- Check clothes, dogs, ATV’s, and vehicles for weeds and weed seeds to help prevent the spread to other private and public lands.

Avoid driving on muddy roads- Unless it is a well-graveled road, walk.

Avoid ridge driving and driving to overlooks- Not only is this a poor strategy while hunting, it is considered as driving off road if it is not already an established trail.

Do not park on roads- Move well off of roads to avoid folks moving farm equipment. Find a designated parking area or an approach that is clearly not being used for equipment.

Driving off road- While hunting on private property, a person may not drive off established roads or trails without landowner permission. Off-road travel on public land, including game retrieval, is prohibited unless designated as open. Consult appropriate land agency or land maps for specifics.

Ask for permission to hunt- Montana law requires permission for all hunting on private land. Even if the land is not posted, hunters must have permission from the landowner, lessee, or their agent before hunting on private property.

Completely fill out BMA slips- If a hunter doesn’t correctly fill out a block management slip, they are hunting without permission.

Know where you are located- Whether you are hunting public land, private land, or land enrolled in an access program such as block management, it is every hunter’s responsibility to know where they are to avoid trespassing. Maps are always available, as are GPS chips and cell phone apps to aid in orientation.

Accessing public lands- Access to public lands (on a private road) through private land requires permission of the private landowner, lessee, or their agent.

Camping- camping is allowed on most public lands (see agency regulations), but permission is needed to camp on private property and BMAs.

Know the rules- Consult BMA maps for specific rules on block management property, including: driving on roads, parking areas, no shooting zones, walk-in only areas, camping, number of hunters allowed, game retrieval, etc. Rules for most land agencies can be found on maps and/or on brochures. Go to the appropriate agency website or local office for information.

Report violations- report any hunting and fishing, trespassing, vandalism, or other criminal activity you see to 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

Also remember that the fall is a very busy time for landowners. Along with late harvest, cattle and other livestock are being moved from their summer and/or fall pastures and are often brought near the home site for winter feeding and care. Please use common sense and respect when around these activities.

FWP also offers a free online program called The Montana Hunter-Landowner Stewardship Project. This project is an information program for anyone interested in promoting responsible hunter behavior and good hunter-landowner relations in Montana. The program is delivered through an interactive website utilizing questions, videos, and feedback as well as opportunities for you to test your knowledge on a variety of practical topics related to hunter-landowner relations and responsible hunter behavior.

Please go to http://fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/hunterLandowner/ to learn more and complete the program.

Montana reports season’s first human cases of West Nile Virus

Friday, August 30th 2019

State and local public health officials are reporting the season’s first human West Nile Virus (WNV) cases in Montana. The cases, reported in Custer and Lewis and Clark counties, both occurred in individuals over the age of 60, who are often at greater risk for severe disease.

Both required hospitalization and no further information is available at this time.

Most people who become infected with WNV experience no symptoms, but 1 in 5 develop a mild illness, with symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash. Other individuals, fewer than 1 out of 150, may become severely ill with encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). Most people recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or even months.

“This is typically when we see our first human cases in Montana following the hot drier weather of late July and early August,” said DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiologist Erika Baldry. “Our season can begin as early as July and because it can take some time to become ill, we can receive reports of ill individuals as late as October.”

Baldry stressed the importance of continuing to take steps to avoid exposure since our period of transmission is still occurring.

There is no available treatment for WNV infection other than supportive care. Individuals who develop any of these symptoms should see their healthcare provider. Detection of WNV in mosquito samples is a good indication that WNV is in Montana. WNV is a vector-borne disease meaning that for individuals to become infected, they must be bitten by an infected mosquito.
Positive mosquito samples were previously reported from Blaine, Cascade, Sheridan, Valley, and Yellowstone counties. In addition, one equine case of WNV was identified in Lake County this season. DPHHS continues to urge Montanans to take extra precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes as summer winds to a close by following the 4 D’s of prevention.

The 4 D’s of West Nile Virus prevention:
1. DEET: Use insect repellent such as DEET or picaridin
2. Drain: Drain standing water around your house to prevent mosquito breeding
3. Dawn/Dusk: Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk. Stay inside or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites during these times
4. Dress: When possible, wear long sleeved shirts and pants to protect yourself from bites

In 2018, there were a total of 51 human cases, including one death. In 2017, there were 13 cases identified.

Since arrival of WNV in Montana in 2002, case counts have varied widely each year. In 2002, there were two cases, while one year later, in 2003, there were 227 cases reported. The 17-year average, which includes two outbreak years consisting of 200 plus cases, is 37 cases.
For more information about WNV protection, contact your local health department or visit the state health department website at: https://dphhs.mt.gov/

Medicare rule change aimed at helping rural hospitals attract and retain doctors, nurses

Wednesday, August 28th 2019

(Billings, Mont.) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester today was recognized for his work to increase the number of doctors in rural America during a visit to the Billings Clinic.

The recently finalized Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule change incorporates Tester’s Restoring Rural Residencies Act, which will allow Medicare to make reimbursements for the time residents spend in training at Critical Access Hospitals.

When the Billings Clinic welcomed its first class of Internal Medicine Residents in 2014, rural training rotations were included thanks to the Helmsley Charitable Trust while the hospital awaited this fix. The rule change will finally allow rural rotations through the Billings Clinic and other medical centers to be reimbursed by CMS.

“When new doctors are trained in rural communities, they are more likely to stay and build their practices in those areas,” said Tester. “This rule change will help reduce the shortage of physicians across Montana by allowing medical centers like the Billings Clinic to keep training doctors on the ground in our rural communities.”

Montana is home to 48 Critical Access Hospitals, which are facilities in rural communities that have fewer than 25 inpatient beds. Previously, regulations prevented Medicare from funding residents’ training time at these facilities, significantly limiting recruitment and training of medical professionals in rural states like Montana.

Tester originally introduced his Restoring Rural Residencies Act in 2016 after hosting a Rural Health Summit that brought together more than 100 health care professionals and policy-makers to discuss challenges facing health care providers in Montana. He reintroduced the bill at the beginning of this year and wrote multiple letters to CMS demanding they adopt the policy change. CMS proposed the change in May and recently finalized the rule.

Tester has been a consistent voice for rural hospitals in Washington. Earlier this year, he introduced two bipartisan bills that would strengthen relationships between rural hospitals and medical schools and increase the number of residents serving in Montana. During last year’s budget negotiations, he secured millions of dollars in funding to invest in rural medicine and successfully fought to save long-term funding for Community Health Centers across the country.

Charles and Monie Tow receive Yard of the Week designation

Wednesday, August 28th 2019

Charles and Monie Tow are this week's recipients of the Yard of the Week. They reside at 78 Heather Lane in Glasgow and were selected by Council Member Rod Karst.

They receive $25 in Chamber Big Bucks and the Yard of the Week sign in their yard all week!

FWP Requests Folks To Be On The Lookout For Greater Short-Horned Lizards This Fall

Wednesday, August 28th 2019

Photo: Ryan Williamson with three short-horned lizards

As you are hitting the field this fall, be sure to take a break from scanning the horizon for game and look down at the ground once in a while. Not only will this hopefully help you avoid stepping on a cactus or a rattlesnake, you might also see one of eastern Montana’s rarely seen critters…the greater short-horned lizard; and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to know about it.

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

It was once considered the second most abundant reptile along the Missouri River in Montana in the late 19th Century, second only to the western rattlesnake, but there isn’t enough data to accurately estimate current populations or distributions.

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

“This is where we can use outdoor recreationists’ help,” continued Harris, “because oftentimes people just accidentally come across one.”

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

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

Observations can then be reported by email to Heather Harris at heharris@mt.gov, or your local FWP biologist. Observations can then be reported by email to Heather Harris in Region 6 at heharris@mt.gov, Brandi Skone in Region 7 at bskone@mt.gov, or your local FWP biologist.

A few things about the short-horned lizard:

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

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

Montana History Foundation sponsors exhibit highlighting the life and legacy of Basque immigrant and Montana rancher John Etchart

Tuesday, August 27th 2019

An exhibit highlighting the life and legacy of Basque immigrant and Montana rancher John Etchart opens this week in Helena. The temporary exhibit will be on display in the Goodkind Block Partners Building from August 28th-September 6th and then at the City-County Building from September 6th-30th.

The exhibit is based on the research of Dr. Iker Saitua, a postdoctoral fellow in history at the University of California-Riverside. Dr. Saitua is also the author of Basque Immigrants and Nevada’s Sheep Industry: Geopolitics and the Making of an Agricultural Workforce.

John Etchart, the focus of the exhibit, came to the United States at the age of 18 from his home in Aldude in the Basque Country of southern France. Etchart originally moved to California, where his brother had immigrated several years prior. The two worked on a sheep ranch in the San Fernando Valley, but eventually moved to Nevada to begin their own sheep operation.

In 1910, Etchart found himself in Montana and set up his own sheep grazing business in Valley County. It was there that he cemented his place in the industry, continuing to accumulate land and grow his operation, eventually becoming the county’s largest sheep operation. Etchart became a noted member of his community and was known as a prominent livestockman in the American West.

The exhibit will display in two distinct parts. The first will share objects and artifacts of Etchart’s related to ranching in Montana and the American West. The second part includes informative banners on Etchart’s life, starting from his early years in the Basque Country through his time in northeastern Montana.


The exhibit is sponsored by The Montana History Foundation and supported by the Department of History at Carroll College and the Etchart family. For more information, please contact Dr. Iker Saitua at (951) 897-0464.

Northwest Farm Credit Services Announces Grant

Tuesday, August 27th 2019

SPOKANE, Washington (Aug. 26, 2019) – Northwest Farm Credit Services is proud to award the City of Glasgow a $1,500 Northwest FCS Rural Community Grant.

“Thank you so much to Northwest Farm Credit Services for your support of our community,” said Grant Manager Kathy Granger. “The money will go toward construction of the new Valley County Community Swimming Pool. Our new pool will contribute to the safety, health and well-being of all our citizens.”

According to the Valley County Community Pool campaign the total amount raised in the efforts for a new community pool total $537,857.

Northwest FCS is committed to helping rural communities succeed. To date in 2019, Northwest FCS has committed over $183,000 to 153 projects in rural communities across Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Since the program’s inception in 2007, it has awarded 1,145 grants totaling more than $1.94 million.

The next rural grant deadline is Oct. 1, 2019. If you think your rural project may be eligible for a grant, visit northwestfcs.com/Stewardship/Rural-Communities for more information and an application.

Northwest FCS is a $12 billion financial cooperative providing financing and related services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, commercial fishermen, timber producers, rural homeowners and crop insurance customers in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Northwest FCS is a member of the nationwide Farm Credit System that supports agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. For more information, go to northwestfcs.com

Yellowstone National Park transfers 55 wild bison to Fort Peck Reservation

Monday, August 26th 2019

BILLINGS — Yellowstone National Park has transferred 55 wild bison to a Montana Indian reservation under a program that aims to establish new disease-free herds of the animals, park and tribal officials said Friday.

The male bison, also known as buffalo, were transferred in trailers and released onto the Fort Peck Reservation, home of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes. They had been captured in March 2018 and held in quarantine to ensure they don't carry the disease brucellosis.

The relocation program is part of an effort to conserve a species that once roamed North America by the millions. Officials also want to reduce the government-sponsored killing of Yellowstone bison over disease concerns.

More than 10,000 Yellowstone bison were captured and slaughtered or killed by hunters over the past several decades. The animals try to leave the park during winter in search of food at lower elevations.

Officials plan to capture more bison this winter to keep the park's population of about 4,500 bison from growing. They also want to expand the quarantine program, Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly said. But officials say that will require more quarantine facilities because the corrals now in use have a limited capacity.

Fort Peck officials have been trying to increase the size of their bison herd, which now numbers almost 400 animals with the latest additions.

"The return of the bison is a return of our culture," Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure said in a statement.

The 55 newly arrived animals will be held separately for another year as part of disease prevention efforts. Most of the animals eventually will be sent to other tribes that want to grow their existing herds or establish new ones, said Robert Magnan with the Fort Peck Fish and Game Department.

In June, Fort Peck transferred five of its bison to the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming. It has also sent animals to Montana's Fort Belknap Reservation.

Brucellosis can cause animals to abort their young. Its presence in Yellowstone-area elk and bison herds traces back to their exposure to the infected livestock of European settlers.

The disease has since been largely eradicated from domestic livestock. Ranchers in the past have opposed the transfer of Yellowstone bison, but state and federal officials have tried to quiet those concerns by setting up a rigorous testing program.

Buck Antelope Shot West Of Glasgow, Wardens Seeking Information

Friday, August 23rd 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 game wardens are seeking any information regarding an antelope buck that was shot and left to waste west of Glasgow. The incident occurred on BLM land along the old bentonite railroad bed road about 9 miles west of where the road splits off the main Bentonite road.

A local hunter reported the dead antelope buck on Aug. 21, indicating the location. Upon investigating the scene, Warden Todd Tryan observed a small hole in the body cavity that indicated the antelope was wounded and left to waste. Due to the level of decay, Tryan estimated that the incident occurred sometime around the middle of August.

The archery season for the 900-20 antelope license began on Aug. 15, but rifle hunting for antelope does not begin until Oct. 12. “The wound was clearly not caused by lawful archery equipment,” indicated Warden Tryan.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Warden Todd Tryan directly at 406-263-0067 or call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).
The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

Six people have died from car crashes in Roosevelt County since Friday.

Tuesday, August 20th 2019

Story from Billings Gazette:

Fatal crashes occurred Friday, Saturday and Monday in the northern Montana county where about 11,000 people live. So far this year, 114 people have died in crashes on Montana's roads, according to MHP.

Five of the six victims in Roosevelt County were publicly identified late Monday morning by Sheriff Jason Frederick.

Two people were killed in a crash Friday near Culbertson, one person was killed in a crash Saturday near Poplar, and two people died later Saturday in a crash near Culbertson. Monday morning, MHP was investigating a fatal crash east of Wolf Point that left another person dead.

Friday's crash killed Valerie Youpee, 50, and Natalie Long Hair, 41, both Fort Kipp residents. The Saturday morning crash killed Richard Brown, 22, of Poplar.

Saturday night's crash killed Caleb Fell, 21, and Bryan Pederson, both of Culbertson.

The Monday morning crash occurred on Montana Highway 25, and it appears the driver was negotiating a curve in the road when his vehicle went into a ditch and rolled multiple times, said MHP Trooper T'Elle Evans. MHP was dispatched to the crash at about 5 a.m.

Friday's crash involved an SUV driving on BIA Route 1 near mile marker 2.4 at about 2:11 p.m. Three people were in the car. It's unknown who was driving the car at the time of the crash. The eastbound vehicle was attempting to pass another car but swerved off the right side of the road due to an oncoming westbound vehicle.

The SUV went an estimated 50 feet off the road before going airborne and traveling another 80 feet before landing and rolling twice. All three people inside the vehicle were ejected during the crash. The deceased were identified as Youpee, and Long Hair, both of Fort Kipp. A 66-year-old man from Brockton was taken to the Roosevelt Medical Center Clinic for treatment.

Alcohol and speed are being investigated as possible factors in the crash, according to the MHP crash narrative.

The next fatal crash occurred Saturday morning at about 4:30 a.m. near Poplar. A 22-year-old Poplar man, later identified as Richard Brown, died after his eastbound car left BIA Route 1 and entered a ditch. The car traveled 400 feet, hit a metal culvert and traveled 187 feet before rolling multiple times and hitting a wooden pole.

The car came to a stop on its roof. Brown was not wearing a seat belt and he was ejected during the crash, according to an MHP crash narrative. MHP is investigating alcohol and speed as possible factors in the crash.

Later Saturday two men were killed after the commercial truck they were driving was hit by a train near Culbertson. That crash took place at about 5:15 p.m. near Road 1013 and U.S. Highway 2. The box of the truck was separated from the cab as a result of the collision. The driver was 18-year-old Bryan Pederson and the passenger was 21-year-old Caleb Fell. Both Culbertson residents died as a result of the crash.

It appeared their vehicle failed to yield to the train, according to MHP.

The truck they were driving was hauling the radioactive filters sometimes found in oil fields to a dump site.

Five people killed in vehicle accidents in Roosevelt County over the weekend

Monday, August 19th 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Five people were killed in three recent crashes in Roosevelt County in northeastern Montana.

The Montana Highway Patrol says a train struck a commercial truck east of Culbertson shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday, killing two men, ages 18 and 21, in the truck.

The patrol tells The Billings Gazette the truck was believed to be carrying filters used in oil fields to a nearby dump site. Trooper David Moon says a hazardous materials team was called to clean up the filters, which posed a low radioactive hazard.

Troopers say a 22-year-old Poplar man died in a rollover crash near Poplar at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Great Falls Tribune reports two Brockton women, ages 41 and 50, died Friday afternoon when their SUV swerved off the road near Culbertson to avoid oncoming traffic as they tried to pass another vehicle.

Victims of plane crash identified

Sunday, August 18th 2019

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Two men from Wyoming were the victims of a deadly plane crash in northeast Montana.

The single-engine Cessna caught fire and crashed at its destination outside Wolf Point, Mont., on Aug. 5. Roosevelt County, Montana, officials on Thursday identified the victims as James D. Heald, of Recluse, and Benjamin Robert Casey, of Gillette.

The bodies of the men were found after the fire was extinguished. Services for the two took place earlier in the week.

The Gillette News-Record reports the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Valley County Unemployment Rate at 2.5%

Friday, August 16th 2019

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate has reached a 10-year low for the second straight month, decreasing 0.1 percentage points to 3.4% in July.

“Montana’s economy continues to grow, with about 4,000 new jobs added so far in 2019,” Governor Bullock said. “My administration will continue to invest in our state’s economy by expanding access to workforce development opportunities to ensure every Montanan has the ability to join the workforce and contribute to our ongoing success.”

The national unemployment rate remained steady in July at 3.7%.

The unemployment rate in Valley County was 2.5% in July.

Total employment, which includes agricultural, payroll and self-employed workers, indicated a gain of 1,371 jobs in July, while the labor force grew by 791. Payroll employment added 900 jobs over the month. The construction industry posted significant job gains over the month, with 600 jobs added, corresponding to 2.1% growth. Job losses were concentrated in retail trade, and leisure and hospitality industries.

Governor Bullock Announces Community Integrated Healthcare Pilot Sites

Thursday, August 15th 2019

New legislation allows for six Montana communities to expand EMS services to non-emergency and preventative care in a patient’s home

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that six EMS services in Montana will pilot a model of community-based healthcare designed to expand the role of EMS providers to deliver more effective and efficient non-emergency services.

The sites are Great Falls Emergency Services, Jesse Ambulance in Broadus, Marcus Daly in Hamilton, Rocky Boy EMS, Red Lodge Fire Department, and Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.

“I applaud these communities for spearheading a new and innovative approach to engage first responders in delivering low-cost primary and preventative care,” Governor Bullock said. “Improving the health of Montanans in the comfort of their homes can prevent costly complications down the road.”

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) secured $300,000 in federal and private funding for the two-year pilot, which includes a grant from the Montana Healthcare Foundation. All six sites received $50,000 each to cover training and equipment expenses.

The new opportunity is the result of Senate Bill 38 that passed during the 2019 Legislative session. The bill, signed by Governor Bullock and sponsored by Senator Margaret MacDonald, creates a provider status enabling EMS to provide Community Integrated Healthcare (CIH).

CIH means the provision of non-emergency, out-of-hospital medical services that an emergency care provider with an endorsement may provide as determined by rules being adopted by the Board of Medical Examiners (BOME) of the Department of Labor and Industry. CIH is an evolving and innovative healthcare model which allows paramedics and emergency medical technicians to operate in expanded public health and primary care roles to help patients access more appropriate care in non-emergency situations than an ambulance transport and ER visit.

Staff with each site are currently undergoing accredited Community Paramedic Technician training delivered through Hennepin Technical College based in Minneapolis. EMS staff will be trained to provide an expanded range of services tailored for their own community’s needs. This may include wound care, post-hospitalization follow-up, medication set up, home safety checks and other services in the home.

“This is an excellent opportunity to implement a program that has shown to improve patient care, and also address challenges our EMS providers are facing,” said Justin Grohs of Great Falls Emergency Services, one of the site participants. “Our goal is to keep individuals in their home environment to improve health outcomes, remove barriers to health, and reduce unnecessary EMS transports and emergency room (ER) visits.”

“While the primary mission of EMS services has been to respond to 9-1-1 calls, many calls are for non-emergency events,” said Jim DeTienne, EMS and Trauma Systems Section Supervisor for DPHHS. “These non-emergency transports challenge Montana’s EMS services, which are struggling with limited staffing and resources, especially with volunteer services in rural communities.”

CIH programs across the country have demonstrated success in utilizing EMS responders integrated with the rest of the healthcare system to provide non-emergency and preventative care in a patient’s home to keep them healthier, at less cost, and a decreased strain on the emergency medical system.

DPHHS is working closely with the BOME to determine the education, curriculum, and scope of practice of community paramedics. SB 38 requires the BOME to create a CIH endorsement for EMTs and paramedics which defines their education and scope of practice. BOME, DPHHS, and numerous other stakeholders will develop education, medical oversite, data collection and funding to help assure emergency care provider services and EMS services are successful and sustainable.

For more information about CIH, visit the DPHHS’s EMS & Trauma Systems Program website at https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/EMSTS/cp .

Fort Peck Summer Theatre Concludes 50th Season With On Golden Pond

Wednesday, August 14th 2019

Audience favorites Pam L. Veis and James Rio play the roles made famous on film by Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. This touching, warm and witty story centers around Ethel and Norman Thayer as they spend their final summer on Golden Pond! Veis’ many memorable FPST roles include Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy, Louise in Always…Patsy Cline and M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, as well as directing Rio in Man of LaMancha. A founding member of Arizona Broadway, Rio appeared internationally in The Phantom of the Opera, and directed last season’s Leader of the Pack.

Director Dan Sharkey, who is a veteran of many Broadway productions, including The Music Man, Bridges of Madison County and Spider-Man; Turn Off the Dark, makes his FPST debut!

The cast also features Glasgow high schooler Ian Wright as Billy along with Jay Michael Roberts, Megan Wiltshire and Andy Meyers.

Don’t miss opening night for some special announcements about the 2020 season!

Performances are August 16 – September 1; Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm.
For more information call 406-526-9943 or visit our online box office at fortpecktheatre.org

Public Comment Sought On Tentative Fishing Regulations; Meetings Held In Glasgow And Havre

Wednesday, August 14th 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 will host two open houses to seek public comment on the proposed changes to the fishing regulations that will go into effect in 2020 and be in place through 2024.
Meeting location and dates are:
· Glasgow – Tues., August 20, at the Busted Knuckle Brewery (North Room)
· Havre – Thurs., August 22, at the Best Western Plus (1425 Highway 2 NW)

Both open house meetings will run from 6:30 pm – 8:30pm.

In Region Six there are several proposed changes, including:
· Ice shelter removal timelines
· Clarifying the trout limits in the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam
· Paddlefish rules reorganization

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks undergoes major fishing regulation revisions every four years. This nearly year-long process focuses on public comment and involvement including open houses across the state. The two scheduled open houses will focus on the tentative regulations with a formal comment period that will end September 13.

“Please plan to attend these meetings if you have anything you would like to discuss or share,” said FWP Region 6 Fisheries Program Manager Steve Dalbey. “We look forward to meeting with interested anglers and talking about regulations and fisheries in general.”?

Fuhrman Scholarship Award Winners Announced

Wednesday, August 14th 2019

Three Valley County high school graduates are recipients of this year’s Clarence and Charlotte Fuhrman Scholarships, according to Doris Leader, who chairs the Valley County Community Foundation. VCCF is steward of the gift from the Fuhrmans that established the scholarship.

Recipients Jesi Kennedy and Deann Rasmusan are 2018 Glasgow High School graduates and Nicole Williams graduated from Nashua High School in 2017.

Kennedy will begin her sophomore year at Montana Tech and studies biology. Rasmusan majors in communication disorders and is a sophomore at Minot State University. Williams, who studies nursing at Montana State University, is a junior.

The Fuhrmans farmed near Opheim and provided the scholarship to benefit high school graduates from Valley County. Among the requirements are a three-year residence in Valley County, graduation from a Valley County high school, home school or GED, participation in school and civic organizations, completion of at least one year of study beyond the high school level and a 2.8 scholastic average.

The first Fuhrman scholarships were awarded in 2011. Since then, 20 students have received over $28,150. More information is available through the VCCF website, www.valleycountycf.net . A notice of the 2020 application due date will be available next spring through local media and the website.

Commerce Director Announces 19 Infrastructure Planning Grant Awards

Wednesday, August 14th 2019

HELENA, Mont. -- Nineteen Montana communities will share more than $275,000 in planning grants through the Montana Department of Commerce’s Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP) to support the development of infrastructure projects.

“Every community needs clean drinking water, safe bridges and good water treatment systems,” Montana Department of Commerce Director Tara Rice said. “These TSEP grants support the planning of infrastructure projects that are vital to the future of Montana communities.”

The state funded TSEP program supports local governments with the development of infrastructure plans. The project phase of the program assists local governments with drinking water system upgrades, wastewater treatment facilities, sanitary or storm sewer systems, solid waste disposal and separation systems, and bridges.

The following communities have received TSEP Infrastructure Planning grants:

Big Horn County: $12,696 to complete a Capital Improvements Plan update
Town of Big Sandy: $15,000 to complete a storm water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Butte-Silver Bow County: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
City of Deer Lodge: $15,000 to complete a wastewater system Preliminary Engineering Report
Flathead County: $15,000 to complete a wastewater system Preliminary Engineering Report for Evergreen Water and Sewer District No. 1
Town of Flaxville: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Town of Fromberg: $10,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Glacier County: $12,581 to complete a Capital Improvements Plan update
Gore Hill County Water District - Cascade County: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Ranchview County Water District - Lewis and Clark County: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Roberts Carbon County Water and Sewer District: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
City of Scobey: $15,000 to complete a storm water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Seeley Lake Sewer District: $15,000 to complete a wastewater system Preliminary Engineering Report
Sweet Grass County: $15,000 to complete a Capital Improvements Plan update
City of Three Forks: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Valley County: $15,000 to complete a Capital Improvements Plan update
Town of Wibaux: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report
Wibaux County: $15,000 to complete a bridge system Preliminary Engineering Report
City of Wolf Point: $15,000 to complete a water system Preliminary Engineering Report

Eligible applicants for TSEP planning grants include incorporated cities or towns, counties, consolidated governments, tribal governments and county or multi-county water, sewer, or solid waste districts.

West Nile Virus Confirmed In Mosquito Samples In Three Montana Counties

Wednesday, August 14th 2019

State and local public health officials are reporting the season’s first West Nile Virus (WNV) detections with three counties confirming positive mosquito samples.

Cascade, Sheridan and Yellowstone counties have all had a positive mosquito sample for WNV. To date, no cases of WNV have been identified in a human but the detection of WNV in Montana is a reminder of the importance of avoiding mosquito bites.

Most people who become infected with WNV experience no symptoms, but 1 in 5 develop a mild illness, with symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash. Other individuals, fewer than 1 out of 150, may become severely ill with encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). Most people recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or even months.

DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiologist, Erika Baldry states, “Late July and early August is when we typically see WNV activity pick up here in Montana. Our season can begin as early as July and because it can take some time to become ill, we can receive reports of ill individuals as late as October.”

There is no available treatment for WNV infection other than supportive care. Individuals who develop any of these symptoms should see their healthcare provider. Detection of WNV in mosquito samples is a good indication that WNV is in Montana. WNV is a vector-borne disease meaning that for individuals to become infected, they must be bitten by an infected mosquito.

DPHHS reminds Montanans to take precautions and protect against WNV by following the 4 D’s of prevention.

The 4 D’s of West Nile Virus prevention:

DEET: Use insect repellent such as DEET or picaridin
Drain: Drain standing water around your house to prevent mosquito breeding
Dawn/Dusk: Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk. Stay inside or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites during these times
Dress: When possible, wear long sleeved shirts and pants to protect yourself from bites
For more information about WNV protection, contact your local health department or visit the state health department website at: http://dphhs.mt.gov/

Thunderstorms Move Through Montana; New Daily Precipitation Record Set In Glasgow

Monday, August 12th 2019

Thunderstorms blew through much of central and eastern Montana on Sunday. Billings suffered through a thunderstorm that brought high winds and hail Sunday night resulted in property damage, power outages, damaged trees, flooding and numerous other incidents requiring local emergency personnel to respond.

Three-inch diameter hail was reported by the public in Petroleum County. In Glasgow, no hail was reported, but at the National Weather Service office in Glasgow, a precipitation record was set for the day, with nine tenths of an inch of rainfall recorded. The previous record was forty-nine hundredths in 2010.

More rainfall is expected throughout northeast Montana today, with most of it expected to fall near the Canadian border.

Grobel Scholarship Recipients Announced

Monday, August 12th 2019

The 2019 Grobel Scholarship Recipients have been announced. The scholarships, each $2200, are awarded annually by the Lynn D. Grobel family in memory of Mary Grobel Honigstock, a nurse and a 1970 Glasgow High School Graduate. This years recipients: Madison Knodel (GHS) MSU - Bozeman; Teagan Fossum (GHS) University of Mary; Karissa Liebelt (GHS) NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health.

Scottie Booster Club Awards Jeff Jurgens Scholarships

Sunday, August 11th 2019

Nine Valley County high-school graduates have received Jeff Jurgens Memorial Scholarships to enable their studies at colleges and universities.

The scholarships are awarded annually by the Scottie Booster Club in memory of the late Jeff Jurgens, Glasgow student and rabid sports fan whose namesake basketball tournament is the source of the funds. The Jeff Jurgens Memorial Tournament, presented by the Scottie Booster Club, is held annually in March and attracts scores of youth basketball teams, players, and their families from across northeastern Montana and southern Canada. This year’s JJMT featured 79 teams, 10 of which hailed from Glasgow, and 640 players in grades 4-8.

This year’s running marks the 21st year the tournament has been held in Glasgow. The event fills up not only all available basketball facilities, but hotels and restaurants over the three days of the event.

In order to be eligible for the Jeff Jurgens scholarship, students must have graduated from a Valley County school and either played varsity basketball or are entering a medical or health-related field of study. This year, the Booster Club selected nine scholarship recipients from Glasgow High School, Nashua High School, and Hinsdale High School.

Applicants’ sports backgrounds are considered, along with academic achievement and career plans, community service, citizenship, and financial need.

The nine 2019 JJMT Scholars are:

Gavin Adkins – A 2019 graduate of Nashua High School, Adkins played four years of basketball, in addition to baseball and track, and received all-conference recognition twice in basketball. He graduated at the top of his class at Nashua, served as president of the Student Council, and has volunteered extensively for community groups. Adkins will attend Dakota College in Bottineau, North Dakota, where he plans to complete general studies before furthering his education elsewhere in pursuit of a degree in biochemistry.

Sarah Boucher – The lone Hinsdale High School recipient of the Jeff Jurgens Scholarship, Boucher is attending Flathead Valley Community College this fall, where she’ll pursue a radiologic technology degree. Boucher played both volleyball and basketball all four years for the North Country Mavericks. She was active in Student Council, the pep band, H-Club, National Honor Society, and FFA.

Tehya Campbell – A 2019 Glasgow High School graduate, Campbell is attending Montana State University this fall, where she plans to major in biology and pre-health en route to a career in dermatology. She played Scottie basketball and volleyball for four years—serving as basketball captain her senior year—in addition to two years of track. She was president of the Key Club and also served as treasurer of the Pep Club.

Brett Glaser – Glaser graduated in May from Glasgow High School, where he participated in basketball and track for four years, football for three years, and cross country for a single season. He also served on Student Council, G-Club, and National Honor Society as well as St. Raphael’s Youth Group. Glaser will attend North Dakota State University where he intends to pursue a degree in pre-nursing in addition to participating in Bison track & field.

Ellis McKean – Another 2019 Glasgow High graduate, McKean will attend the University of Montana, where he intends to pursue a medical-related field while running collegiate cross country and track. McKean played two years of Scottie basketball in addition to four years of cross country and track. He was president of National Honor Society and the Scottie G-Club and served as student liaison for the Montana Warriors on the Water.

Merlin McKean – McKean will attend the University of Michigan, where he intends to pursue a degree in either biochemistry or cognition and neuroscience. McKean, a 2019 graduate of Glasgow High School, ran cross country and track for the Scotties all four years and played in the Jeff Jurgens Memorial Tournament for three years. He graduated at the top of his class and served as both Student Council and student body president.

Adler Morgan – A Larslan-area resident and 2019 Nashua High School graduate, Morgan will attend MSU-Northern this fall, where he intends to pursue a degree in welding and pipe fitting. Morgan played varsity basketball for Scobey and Nashua, and he also participated in football and baseball in addition to 4-H, FFA, and BPA.

Cordelia Nickels – Nickels played basketball for both Nashua and Glasgow High School, from which she graduated in May. She also played volleyball for four years and ran track for two years. She participated in National Honor Society, JMG, Pep Club, and volunteered extensively for her church. Nickels will attend Montana State University-Billings this fall and intends to pursue a degree in nursing.

Brooke Westby – Westby graduated in May from Glasgow High School, where she participated in cross country, basketball, and track as well as serving as boys basketball manager. She was involved with Student Council, National Honor Society, G-Club, Key Club, and as a youth leader at her church’s youth group. Westby will attend Carroll College this fall, where she’s been accepted into the direct-entry nursing program.

Montana Judge To Take Up Keystone Pipeline Flap In Fall

Saturday, August 10th 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge won't take up the latest dispute between the Trump administration and environmental groups over the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline until this fall.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris scheduled a hearing for Oct. 9 on the groups' request to block President Donald Trump's new permit allowing the pipeline to be built across the U.S.-Canada border.

Justice Department attorneys also will present their argument at the hearing to dismiss the lawsuit challenging Trump's issuing of the permit in March.

Trump signed the new permit after Morris blocked construction of the 1,184-mile (1,900-kilometer) pipeline from Canada to Nebraska in a ruling that said officials had not fully considered oil spills and other impacts.

The plaintiffs accuse Trump of signing the new permit to get around Morris' previous order.

Abundance of deer prompts increase in quotas, many licenses are available in surplus

Wednesday, August 7th 2019

Are you looking for more hunting opportunity this year? Due to the abundance of both mule deer and white-tailed deer, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 biologists elected to increase antlerless quotas in many of the hunting districts (HDs) in Region 6.

Every two years, FWP considers changes to all hunting seasons, proposes changes from the previous biennium, and encourages public comment before the Fish and Wildlife Commission makes its final decisions. Part of this process includes setting the license quota ranges for species in their respective HDs for the following two hunting seasons. All HD’s have different quota ranges and those ranges must be commission approved.

Within those commission-approved ranges, biologists can adjust the quotas annually before the license drawing. For instance, in HD 670 north of Glasgow, 600 licenses were “listed” as available through the drawing in the 2019 hunting regulations for antlerless mule deer. However, prior to the drawing in July, the area biologist proposed to increase the quota to 1,000 licenses.

“The ability to adjust the hunting district quotas after spring surveys allows biologists to closely track what the population trend is showing on an annual basis,” said Ryan Williamson, Outlook-area biologist. “This allows us to lower quotas if we come out of a bad winter or increase quotas if we have above average reproduction…instead of waiting every two years to respond.”

In region 6, the following license changes took place:
Mule deer:
600-01 from 400 to 600 licenses
611-01 from 300 to 500 licenses
620-00 from 300 to 500 licenses
640-00 from 400 to 800 licenses
641-01 from 100 to 200 licenses
650-00 from 300 to 400 licenses
651-00 from 200 to 400 licenses
670-00 from 600 to 1,000 licenses
680-00 from 350 to 500 licenses
690-00 from 550 to 700 licenses

White-tailed deer:

699-00 from 1,000 to 3,000 licenses

As mentioned earlier, this may lead to a lot of harvest opportunity for hunters. Up to seven antlerless deer licenses can be held during the license year in any combination, including licenses that were acquired through the drawing, or licenses that were purchased as surplus. Surplus licenses will be available to purchase starting Aug. 12. A full list of available surplus licenses can be found on the fwp.gov website through a link on the home page.

In addition, due to the detection of CWD north of Hwy 2, FWP encourages hunters to get deer tested for CWD if they came from any district in the CWD Management Zone, which includes all HDs north of Hwy 2 in Region 6 and other HDs in other areas of the state. To prevent the spread of CWD from areas in Montana known to be infected, which is any CWD Management Zone, the whole carcass, whole head, brain or spinal column from any deer, elk or moose harvested within a CWD Management zone may not be removed from that Management Zone. Instead, hunters must quarter or “bone out” their deer prior to leaving the management zone. Please refer to page four in the 2019 deer, elk, and antelope hunting regulations for more information.

Congressman Greg Gianforte visits the Kltz/Mix-93 Studios

Wednesday, August 7th 2019

Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte visited the Kltz/Mix-93 Studios on Wednesday and visited with Stan Ozark. The conversation included agricultural trade, and Gianforte's bid to be the next Governor of Montana.


Plane crash kills 2 in Roosevelt County

Tuesday, August 6th 2019

Story from KRTV.com

Two people died in a plane crash in eastern Montana Monday afternoon.

According to the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office, two men were killed when their plane went down around 2:30 p.m.

The Sheriff's Office said the small, private airplane crashed in the far northwestern corner of the county.

No details were released about where the plane was coming from or why it crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

The names of the victims have not yet been released.

Max and Kathy Makich receive Yard of the Week

Tuesday, August 6th 2019

Max and Kathy Makich are the recipients of this week's Yard of the Week. The Makich’s live at 126 Heather Lane and were selected by City Council member Dan Carr.

Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust Scholarships

Monday, August 5th 2019

The Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust has announced its 2019 scholarship recipients. There were a total of seventeen scholarships awarded.

Kiauna Barstad, daughter of Bruce Barstad and Kelley Barstad, in her junior year at Rocky Mountain College majoring in Biology and Psychology.

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

Teagan Fossum, daughter of Steve and Janel Fossum, in her junior year at University of Mary, majoring in Nursing.

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

Trent Herbert, son of Craig and Doreen Herbert, in his junior year at North Dakota State College of Science, majoring in Precision Machining.

Kerry Hoffman, daughter of Tom and Darla Hoffman, in graduate school at University of North Dakota, majoring in Physical Therapy.

Bailee Holstein, daughter of Trent Holstein, in her sophomore year at Montana State University, majoring in Criminology with minors in Human Development and Business.

Sara Jimison, daughter of Roy and Cindy Jimison, in her junior year at Montana State University-Northern, majoring in Nursing.

Kaylee King, daughter of Casey King and Jody Simpson, in her sophomore year at North Dakota State University, majoring in Psychology.

Jesi Kennedy, daughter of Lori Rodger, in her sophomore year at Montana Tech, majoring in Cellular Biology.

Khloe Krumwiede, daughter of Bryan and Dena-Marie Krumwiede, in her junior year at University of North Dakota majoring in Biology Pre-Chiropractic.

Bryce Legare, son of Robert and Lisa Legare, in his sophomore year at Montana State University, majoring in Accounting with a minor in Finance.

Grant Legare, son of Robert and Lisa Legare, in graduate school at Montana State University-Billings, pursuing a Master’s Degree in School Counseling.

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

Deann Rasmusan, daughter of Terry and Mandy Rasmusan, in her sophomore year at Minot State University, majoring in Communication Disorders.

Alexa Shipp, daughter of Cam and Kim Shipp, in her final year at Montana State University-Billings, majoring in Elementary Education.

Kendra Vaughn, daughter of Kendall and Tracie Vaughn, in her final year at Montana State University-Billings, majoring in Biology.

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

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

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

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

July Weather Summary

Monday, August 5th 2019

July was near normal in both temperature and rainfall; no records were broken during the month.

The wettest day of July was on the 16th, when Glasgow received 59 hundredths. Only one more hundredth fell during the rest of the month. The hottest day of July was on the 24th when the temperature hit 102; the low temperature for the month was 51 degrees.

Glasgow Police Department makes drug arrest

Thursday, August 1st 2019

On July 26, 2019, at around 8:00 p.m., Officers with the Glasgow Police Department and Deputies with the Valley County Sheriff’s Office conducted a high-risk Pre-trial Conditions check at a residence located at 1007 6th Ave. South. A male identified as Robert Arthur Wing Jr. who is residing at the residence is on Pre-trial District Court Conditions, was suspected of criminal activity.

During the probation check, an Illegal, loaded sawed-off shotgun, a loaded .40 cal handgun and miscellaneous rounds of ammunition were recovered. All of which are a violation of Wing Jr.’s pre-trial District Court Conditions.

Officers then stopped the probation check and obtained a search warrant for the property. During a search of the property, officers and deputies found evidence of drug activity. The case is still being investigated and charges are pending in the incident.

Wing Jr. is currently remanded in the Valley County Jail for Possession of a Sawed-Off firearm and Conditions Violation.
A Montana Highway Patrol drug detection K9 and agent with the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force assisted with the search.

A man died after driving his car through a highway intersection near Glasgow and into the Milk River Tuesday morning.

Wednesday, July 31st 2019

Story from Billings Gazette:

A man who was found dead after driving his car into the Milk River Tuesday morning has been identified by Valley County officials.

Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer said that the man, Adam Wade Nees, 46, died of accidental drowning, according to a preliminary medical examination at the Billings Crime Lab. Nees' last known residency was in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Boyer said that Nees was driving southbound on MT Highway 24 North when he came to a “T” intersection of Montana Highway 24 South and Montana Highway 42.

Nees' maroon SUV appeared to have gone through a traffic sign, a barbed wire fence, and a field. The car was found submerged in the river around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Both Nees and his dog were found dead on scene, Boyer said.

Boyer could not release a definitive cause of death Wednesday afternoon, but said that there were no outside indicators of alcohol or drug use or that Nees experienced a medical crisis before his death.

The Montana Highway Patrol and the Valley County Sheriff’s Office will continue investigating why Nees drove through the intersection and into the river.

USDA announces details of support package for American farmers

Tuesday, July 30th 2019

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced further details of the $16 billion package aimed at supporting American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals.

In May, President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other trade disruptions. The Market Facilitation Program (MFP), Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP), and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) will assist agricultural producers while President Trump works to address long-standing market access barriers.

“China and other nations have not played by the rules for a long time, and President Trump is the first President to stand up to them and send a clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate unfair trade practices,” Secretary Perdue said. “The details we announced today ensure farmers will not stand alone in facing unjustified retaliatory tariffs while President Trump continues working to solidify better and stronger trade deals around the globe.

Our team at USDA reflected on what worked well and gathered feedback on last year’s program to make this one even stronger and more effective for farmers. Our farmers work hard, are the most productive in the world, and we aim to match their enthusiasm and patriotism as we support them,” Secretary Perdue added.

Payments in Valley County will total $15 per acre.


American farmers have dealt with unjustified retaliatory tariffs and decades of non-tariff trade disruptions, which have curtailed U.S. exports to China and other nations. Trade damages from such retaliation and market distortions have impacted a host of U.S. commodities. High tariffs disrupt normal marketing patterns, raising costs by forcing commodities to find new markets. Additionally, American goods shipped to China have been slowed from reaching market by unusually strict or cumbersome entry procedures, which affect the quality and marketability of perishable crops. These boost marketing costs and unfairly affect our producers. USDA is using a variety of programs to support American farmers, ranchers, and producers.

Details of USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP)

MFP signup at local FSA offices will run from Monday, July 29 through Friday, December 6, 2019.

Payments will be made by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) under the authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act to producers of alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dried beans, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, millet, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, rye, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, triticale, upland cotton, and wheat. MFP assistance for those non-specialty crops is based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per-acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings. County payment rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact of unjustified trade retaliation in that county.

Dairy producers who were in business as of June 1, 2019, will receive a per hundredweight payment on production history, and hog producers will receive a payment based on the number of live hogs owned on a day selected by the producer between April 1 and May 15, 2019.

MFP payments will also be made to producers of almonds, cranberries, cultivated ginseng, fresh grapes, fresh sweet cherries, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. Each specialty crop will receive a payment based on 2019 acres of fruit or nut bearing plants, or in the case of ginseng, based on harvested acres in 2019.

Acreage of non-specialty crops and cover crops must be planted by August 1, 2019 to be considered eligible for MFP payments.

The MFP rule and a related Notice of Funding Availability will be published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2019, when signup begins at local FSA offices. Per-acre non-specialty crop county payment rates, specialty crop payment rates, and livestock payment rates are all currently available on farmers.gov.

MFP payments will be made in up-to three tranches, with the second and third tranches evaluated as market conditions and trade opportunities dictate. If conditions warrant, the second and third tranches will be made in November and early January, respectively. The first tranche will be comprised of the higher of either 50 percent of a producer’s calculated payment or $15 per acre, which may reduce potential payments to be made in tranches two or three. USDA will begin making first tranche payments in mid-to-late August.

MFP payments are limited to a combined $250,000 for non-specialty crops per person or legal entity. MFP payments are also limited to a combined $250,000 for dairy and hog producers and a combined $250,000 for specialty crop producers. However, no applicant can receive more than $500,000. Eligible applicants must also have an average adjusted gross income (AGI) for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 of less than $900,000 or, 75 percent of the person’s or legal entity’s average AGI for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 must have been derived from farming and ranching. Applicants must also comply with the provisions of the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations.

Many producers were affected by natural disasters this spring, such as flooding, that kept them out of the field for extended periods of time. Producers who filed a prevented planting claim and planted an FSA-certified cover crop, with the potential to be harvested qualify for a $15 per acre payment. Acres that were never planted in 2019 are not eligible for an MFP payment.

In June, H.R. 2157, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 was signed into law by President Trump, requiring a change to the first round of MFP assistance provided in 2018. Producers previously deemed ineligible for MFP in 2018 because they had an average AGI level higher than $900,000 may now be eligible for 2018 MFP benefits. Those producers must be able to verify 75 percent or more of their average AGI was derived from farming and ranching to qualify. This supplemental MFP signup period will run parallel to the 2019 MFP signup, from July 29 through December 6, 2019.

For more information on the MFP, visit www.farmers.gov/mfp or contact your local FSA office, which can be found at www.farmers.gov.

Meland's receive Yard of the Week Award

Tuesday, July 30th 2019

Glasgow City Council member Butch Heitman has selected the yard of James and Christi Meland as the Yard of the Week. The Meland's live at 535 5th Avenue South in Glasgow.

Wade Sundby selected as Superintendent of Glasgow Shools

Monday, July 29th 2019

Wade Sundby was the unanimous choice of the Glasgow School Board to be the Superintendent of the Glasgow School System.

Sundby was one of 2 candidates who interviewed for the position on Friday. He was offered the job on Friday evening and came to terms on a contract shortly thereafter.

He is a graduate of Glasgow High School and has been Superintendent in Saco since 2016.

Sundby accepted a 2-year contract for $100,000 per year in salary. His start date is August 5th which reduces his 2019-2020 contract by $9,615 because he missed 5 weeks from the regular July 1st start date.

He replaces Bob Connors who left in June to take the Superintendent job in Bozeman.

Kathy Smith awarded Yard of the Week

Wednesday, July 24th 2019

Kathy Smith was awarded Yard of the Week by Glasgow City Council member Stan Ozark on Wednesday. Kathy resides at 1120 Valley View Drive and receives the Yard of the Week sign plus Chamber Big Bucks!

Glasgow School Board to interview 3 candidates for Superintendent position

Tuesday, July 23rd 2019

The Glasgow School Board received 5 applications for its vacant Superintendent position and narrowed down to three that will be interviewed.

Those selected for interviews include Wade Sundby, Lisa Stroh and Aaron Cornman.

Sundby is currently Superintendent at Saco and has teaching experience in New Mexico along with Hinsdale, Absarokee and Plentywood. He has been superintendent in Saco since 2016 and Sundby is a graduate of Glasgow High School.

Stroh has experience teaching in Alaska and Wyoming. She has served as a principal in Havre, been a professor at Fort Belknap Community College and was Blaine County Superintendent of Schools. She recently worked in the Poplar School District.

Cornman is from Missouri and has 14 years of experience in administration in Missouri.

All 3 candidates will be in Glasgow for interviews on Friday.

Peter Pan Debuts This

Tuesday, July 23rd 2019

Peter Pan flies onto the Fort Peck Summer Theatre stage!

Peter Pan, Captain Hook and the Darling family come to life on stage in this colorful and extravagant musical. The FPST production will feature high-flying special effects, athletic dance sequences and swash-buckling pirates, perfect for the entire family!

Sure to leave audiences in ‘awe’, flying effects are created and installed by ZFX (zfxflying.com). The company is reasonable for flying effects for Broadway, many A-List musicians and entertainment events throughout the world. Veteran FPST Designers Jay Michael Roberts (Scenic), Spencer Perry (Lighting), Sarah Bell (Costumes) and Lauren Kolstad (Hair/Make-Up) have created a visually stimulating world to feature many magical moments.

Glasgow native Christen Etchart takes the stage (and air) as Peter Pan, alongside Tommi Prewett as Wendy, Chase Tarum as John and Ian Anderson as Michael. Also starring are Willian Pipinich (seen last season in Guys on Ice) as Captain Hook, Brittany Archambeault as Tiger Lily, Treyson Sherk as Smee, Sydney Hayward as Liza, Staci Weidner as Mrs. Darling and Ali Kuka as Jane.

The role of Grown-Up Wendy will be shared by Connie Boreson, Patt Etchart and Holly Taylor Hunziker at alternating performances.

Megan Wiltshire serves as Director/Choreographer and Alicia Bullock-Muth is Musical Director, who previously teamed up for Fort Peck Summer Theatre’s sold-out 2017 production of Grease!

Performances are July 26 – August 11; Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm.
For more information call 406-526-9943 or visit our online box office at fortpecktheatre.org

Following Peter Pan, the 2019 season continues to celebrate the 50th season with:
Friday On Golden Pond: August 16 – September 1

Glasgow Hunter/Bowhunter Education Courses Offered For Both Youth And Adults

Tuesday, July 23rd 2019

(Pictured: Glasgow hunter ed students practicing shooting positions)

The last Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks hunter and bowhunter education course dates have been set for the Glasgow area:

Aug. 7- bowhunter education adult field course, 5:15-9:15 p.m.

Aug. 12-15- hunter education classroom course, 5:15-8:45 p.m. each evening

Aug. 28- hunter education adult field course, 5:15-9:15 p.m.

For youth to be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2019 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16, 2020. Students aged 10 and 11 can take a course and hunt as an apprentice but will not be fully certified until the year they turn 12. Preference will be given to 11 and 12-year olds (or older) if the class becomes full. All registrants for these events must be 10 years old by the first day of class.

For the adult field courses, adults must pass the online hunter education or bowhunter education online courses 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.

Archery hunters must have purchased a Montana bow and arrow license prior to hunting during the archery-only season. To purchase a bow and arrow license an individual must meet one of the following requirements:
· show completion of a bowhunter education course
· show proof of purchase of a previous year’s bow and arrow license from Montana or another state

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, and other information will be found on the registration page. The hunter education classroom course requires students to pick up a manual and complete chapter quizzes before class begins. All hunter education classes are free of charge.
Instructors needed:

Hunter and bowhunter education are state-mandated courses, which are taught by dedicated volunteers. The heart of Montana’s Hunter and Bowhunter Education programs is this group of dedicated volunteer instructors. They stand as examples of how each hunter should demonstrate safety, ethics, behavior, and responsibility to not only themselves, but also to landowners, other hunters, and the resource.

Region 6 needs to recruit more of these dedicated men and women to continue to serve the area. Anyone who is at least fourteen-years old is eligible to apply. Volunteer instructors are being sought across the region, which includes the counties of Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels, McCone, Sheridan, and Roosevelt.

For information on becoming a Hunter or Bowhunter education instructor, visit the FWP web site at fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/instructors/ to learn more and apply.

For any information or questions on these upcoming courses or becoming an instructor, please contact Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704, or email mkloker@mt.gov.

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