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Thursday, July 24th 2014
North Dakota Lawmakers React To Oil Train Proposals

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Members of North Dakota's congressional delegation say they're encouraged by proposed rules for rail tank cars that carry crude oil.

Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer say the issue of rail safety is important, though they also want commonsense rules that are workable. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp adds that it takes a comprehensive approach that includes government and industry in the discussion.

U.S. regulators are proposing to phase out thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude. It's the government's response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including one at Casselton in December that left an ominous cloud over the town and led some residents to evacuate.

Casselton Mayor Lee Anderson says anything that will make oil shipments safer is welcome news.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Thursday, July 24th 2014
Rainfall Totals From Wednesday Night - Thursday Morning

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GLASGOW MT
859 AM MDT THU JUL 24 2014


...LATEST RAINFALL REPORTS...

LOCATION AMOUNT TIME/DATE
12 SSE OPHEIM 1.09 IN
7 NE THOENY 0.78 IN 0830 AM 07/24
16 N BROCKTON 0.76 IN
SCOBEY 0.70 IN
4 W BREDETTE 0.59 IN 0833 AM 07/24
OUTLOOK 0.50 IN
10 W MEDICINE LAKE 0.50 IN
MALTA 0.40 IN
21 N POPLAR 0.38 IN
20 N SACO 0.30 IN
5 WSW FORT KIPP 0.24 IN 0842 AM 07/24
MALTA WEATHER STN 0.23 IN 0800 AM 07/24
1 ESE MEDICINE LAKE 0.23 IN 0758 AM 07/24
FROID 0.22 IN 0830 AM 07/24
BAINVILLE 0.16 IN
POPLAR RAWS 0.09 IN 0818 AM 07/24
BUFFALO RAPIDS-GLENDIVE AGRIME 0.07 IN 0700 AM 07/24
1 WSW THOENY 0.07 IN 0844 AM 07/24
GLASGOW WEATHER STATION 0.06 IN 0800 AM 07/24
4 W WELDON 0.04 IN 0832 AM 07/24
2 ESE CULBERTSON 0.03 IN 0800 AM 07/24
1 E GLASGOW 0.03 IN 0845 AM 07/24
6 ENE SACO 0.02 IN 0800 AM 07/24
MANNING CORRAL DOGTOWN 0.01 IN 0841 AM 07/24

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.

Wednesday, July 23rd 2014
Large Grass Fire East Of Wolf Point

Update: MDT reporting the incident below has been cleared.

According to the Montana Department of Transportation, there is a large grass fire burning out of control just East of Wolf Point, along US-2 at MP 596.0

A detour is being set up at this time to re-route traffic around the fire. MDT, Fire, EMT personnel and law enforcement are on the scene at this time.

Expect delays and slowed traffic.

Wednesday, July 23rd 2014
Two Rivers Launches Its 2014-2015 Member Campaign

TWO RIVERS LAUNCHES ITS 2014-2015 MEMBER CAMPAIGN

Two Rivers Economic Growth has launched its member campaign for the new fiscal year and invites you to participate.

Two Rivers—your local nonprofit development organization, has been serving the needs of Valley County for more than 22 years with the belief that northeast Montanans deserve stability, opportunity, and prosperity in their businesses, communities, and economy.
Members of Two Rivers are Valley County’s growth partners who share a common vision and mission. The vision: economic freedom and prosperity. The mission: to help make Valley County a better place to live, work, and play.

Two Rivers plans on accomplishing its objectives by focusing on the following areas that are critically important to members:
 Business Recruitment and Expansion
 Community Infrastructure
 Rural Economic and Community Development
 Advocacy
 Membership
 Public Awareness
 Establish relationships/partnerships with Western North Dakota,
Eastern Montana, and Canadian communities

Within these core areas, Two Rivers will work to create an environment that increases local jobs and tax base, retains and expands existing businesses, attracts new business, develops the downtown, and encourages collaborations and partnerships.

Two Rivers is actively recruiting new members and volunteers as well as seeking renewal dues from existing members who want to help grow Valley County. For more information about Two Rivers or to become a member, please contact Michelle Tade at (406) 263-GROW (4769) or email trg2@nemont.net.
Joining Two Rivers Economic Growth is a great way to grow your business and community. As a member, you join other businesses and colleagues who are dedicated to ensuring the economic stability and growth of Northeast Montana.

This year Two Rivers will be hosting the Annual Banquet/Membership Meeting the beginning of September. Details will be announced soon. We look forward to new members joining our team and sincerely appreciate continued support from our existing members.

Wednesday, July 23rd 2014
Valley County Transit Awarded Funds To Purchase Dispatching Software

Valley County Transit has been awarded federal funds to purchase dispatching software. That is a huge step toward giving you, our customers, better service. The dispatching staff just went through a week of intensive training and is ready to begin using the new system on Tuesday, July 29th.


There are many positive aspects to this new system, but that means there is the needed information gathering that must be accomplished first. So when you call for a ride, we will be asking every customer/rider for their name, address, phone number, birthdate, whether they need the wheelchair lift and their emergency contact information. This will be a one time entry of information.


Most importantly when you need a ride, you must call as much in advance as possible, give us your name, pickup location and dropoff location and if you have an appointment. Since this new system will be using GPS, and will have all passenger information, it can determine which vehicle will best serve your needs and which route the driver will take. This will cut down on wait time and the time you will be on the bus.


As before, when we are given a pickup time, you can expect the bus to arrive up to 10 minutes before or 10 minutes after this time. Please make sure you are ready and waiting as we will only wait for 1 minute prior to departing for the next stop.


A few other changes will be implemented...once you have boarded the bus, you will not be able to change your destination; we will not be able to wait while you are transacting business; you must have the correct fare when boarding (i.e. no charging); every person who will be boarding the bus must have a reservation.


The staff at Valley County Transit would like to thank you in advance for helping make this a smooth transition for everyone. If you have any questions, call Colleen Pankratz at 228-8744.

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014
Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Includes “Walls Of Honor”

The first phase of fund raising for the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park in Fort Peck has been a success.

“We have raised over $400,000 to date and have begun finalizing plans to complete the first phase of construction,”
Tom Markle said. He co-chairs the fundraising committee with Steve Page.

“People of Northeast Montana stepped up to the challenge to build a world-class memorial. After a very successful site dedication on Memorial Day at Fort Peck we are encouraged that support for this project remains strong,” he said.

The committee expects to break ground this fall for initial site preparations to establish the footprint for the park. Construction will also begin on the main memorial with a formal entry, access walkways and a flag park.

In addition, the planning committee approved “Walls of Honor” that will be a central feature of the park. Engraved tiles placed on the Walls will provide permanent recognition for Veterans from all parts of Northeast Montana. Expertly etched on select black granite tiles will be a veteran’s last name, first name, initial and branch of service.

Walls of Honor committee chair Mike Hughes explained that the Walls will honor all Veterans in all branches of the service who are honorably discharged, and those currently serving. “Custom-made tiles will allow families and friends to permanently recognize and honor any veteran special to their heart, or one who may be forgotten.”

The cost of each tile is $225 through Memorial Day 2015 when the cost increases.

Orders are currently being processed and forms are available at local vets clubs, http://www.VeteransMT.org, or by calling the committee at (406) 228-2223.

Monday, July 21st 2014
FWP Region 6 Mule Deer & White-tailed Deer Aerial Survey Findings Released

GLASGOW, Mont. – Aerial surveys of deer populations across northeastern Montana generally indicate a continuing increase in some numbers following several years of heavy weather-and-disease-related losses, state wildlife managers say.

For mule deer, 11 different trend areas in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6 are typically examined each year from the air. While total deer counts tend to be variable, FWP Biologist Scott Thompson of Malta said the 2014 surveys generally indicate mule deer in most areas are approaching long-term-average (LTA) numbers again.

Region 6 mule deer, white-tailed deer and pronghorn antelope numbers took a big hit in the severe winter of 2010-11, and additional mortality -- especially among whitetails -- was caused by subsequent, scattered outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, commonly known as EHD.

Total mule deer observed across the region this year generally indicate deer population trend and status running about 10 percent below the LTA,” Thompson said. “The trend still shows an ongoing, gradual recovery across the Region.”

Thompson said mule deer numbers in the eastern third of Region 6 – meaning the Northeast corner-- are at or above the LTA. The center third of the Region – which includes the Glasgow and Malta areas – remains at or below the LTA. The same is true in the western third of the Region, which includes the Havre area.

Mule deer fawn-to-adult ratios, which indicate over-winter survival as well as recruitment into the population, this year have been pegged at 57 fawns to 100 adults across the Region, which is slightly above the LTA of 53 fawns to 100 adults. Thompson said the eastern third of Region 6 saw the highest number of fawns to adults.

“Figures taken from our deer surveys are only one factor in deer management recommendations,” Thompson explained. “Season-setting and quota-setting decisions made by the Fish & Wildlife Commission also consider prior year’s harvest, weather and habitat factors, as well as additional input gathered from landowners, hunters, the general public and other agencies.”

For the 2014 seasons, all Region 6 hunting districts will be managed under a restrictive mule deer season, which means only antlered mule deer bucks – or either-sex whitetails - can be taken with a “Deer A” license. Apart from some possible game-damage hunts where local populations are higher, antlerless mule deer “B” licenses will not be issued this year.

In regards to whitetails, Thompson said surveys have been completed in six areas across Region 6. This year’s surveys show that whitetail populations have decreased across the Region and are approximately 44 percent below the LTA. That means an average of six deer per square mile was found in these trend areas.

“Densities in the western portion of the Region are 42 percent below the LTA and are 44 percent below the LTA in the eastern section,” Thompson said. “In response to an EHD outbreak in the Havre area, a new whitetail trend area has also been established along the Milk River by Chinook to track trends in that area.”

A large peak in the Region 6 whitetail population was observed between 2008 and 2010, when numbers were observed to be 25 percent above the LTA. At the time, some whitetail densities hit an incredible 40 – 50 deer per square mile in some areas. But EHD outbreaks and other factors helped trim those numbers back considerably.

With whitetail numbers still relatively low, and in accordance with recent F&W Commission rule-setting, no antlerless “B” licenses will be available to hunters anywhere in Region 6 this fall.

Friday, July 18th 2014
Daines Secures Full Pilt Funding For Montana Rural Counties In Interior Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Steve Daines today announced that following his request, the House Committee on Appropriations has committed full funding of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and other programs to address the needs of Montana’s rural counties.

The Fiscal Year 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which passed the committee on a bipartisan vote of 29-19, will fully fund PILT, which helps offset losses of tax revenues from federally owned land that fund critical services for rural communities.

“PILT is essential for the health and safety of Montana’s rural counties. I am pleased that the Appropriations Committee has committed to fully funding this important program that helps fund law enforcement, infrastructure and education for communities surrounded by federal lands,” Daines said. “I will continue to work to ensure these communities are reimbursed for lost revenues and also fight for sustainable long-term solutions that improve the health of our National Forests, help create good-paying jobs and grow our rural economies.”

Friday, July 18th 2014
Senator John Walsh Unveils Proposal To Improve PILT Program To Benefit Montana Counties

US SENATE)—Senator John Walsh today unveiled a new proposal to improve the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program so that rural counties receive fair payments for non-taxable federal land in their counties.

Walsh’s legislation consolidates the three major programs the federal government uses to pay counties for land ownership and management. The Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), Secure Rural Schools (SRS), and Refuge Revenue Sharing (RRS) programs would merge into one expanded PILT program that will provide full, permanent, and mandatory funding, giving local governments the certainty they have lacked under the current programs.

“Our local governments deserve predictability and simplicity when receiving payments they are owed,” Walsh said. “Montanans rely on our local governments to educate our children, plow our roads, protect our families, and pick up our trash. This legislation provides more certainty and predictability for our local officials as they budget for the essential services we count on.”

Under the current payment programs, rural counties often wait each year for Congress to act at the last minute to reauthorize county payments, throwing off local budgets and disrupting services. This legislation would provide permanent funding, ensure part of the payments corresponds to Congressional land designations and historic revenue sharing, and ensure that rural counties in the most need receive an adequate share of payments.

PILT payments are made to counties to offset the loss in property tax revenue from federally owned public lands in the county. SRS and RRS payments have been made to counties based on historic timber receipts and refuge land value. The combination of stable PILT funding and higher timber harvests, especially under a new Farm Bill program championed by Walsh for forests affected by mountain pine beetle, will help forest communities and keep jobs at mills in Montana.

Senator Walsh strongly supports passing a temporary extension of the payment programs in order to provide continued funding while the Senate considers his bill.

In 2014, Montana counties received $29 million in PILT payments and $19 million in SRS payments.

Friday, July 18th 2014
Montana officials: bison strategy by 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials say they're aiming to come up with a strategy to manage bison in the state by 2015.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks chief of staff Mike Volesky says a draft plan will be out later this year, followed by a final document by this time next year.

An advisory committee met in Billings this week to make management suggestions. The plan has been in the works since 2010, but the process has faced repeated delays over concerns from the livestock industry about bison competing with cattle.

The advisory committee has been discussing alternatives for creating new, wild herds outside of Yellowstone National Park. Those range from a pilot project of about 100 bison on public land to a 1,000-animal herd on tribal or private land.
(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Friday, July 18th 2014
MDT Proposes A Storm Drain Outfall Pipe Repair On MT Highway 42 – Glasgow – Valley County

Glasgow - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to repair a storm drain outfall pipe and replace a manhole on Montana Highway 42 southeast of Glasgow. The project is northwest of the reference post sign 75, near the Market Place and Gallery Gifts.

Proposed work includes replacing both the deteriorated storm drain outfall pipe and manhole in the roadway. Minor roadwork will complete the project to address settling caused by the failed outfall pipe.

The project is tentatively scheduled for construction in the fall of 2014, depending on completion of all project development activities and availability of funding.

No new Right-of-Way or utility relocations will be needed.

For more information, please contact Glendive District Administrator Shane Mintz at (406) 345-8212 or Project Design Engineer Kevin Gilbert at (406) 4446230. For the hearing impaired, the TTY number is (406) 4447696 or 1-800-335-7592, or call the Montana Relay at 711. Members of the public may submit written comments to the Montana Department of Transportation Glendive office at PO Box 890, Glendive MT 59330-0890, or online at

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

Friday, July 18th 2014
Valley County Transit Awarded Federal Funds For Dispatching Software

Valley County Transit has been awarded federal funds to purchase dispatching software. That is a huge step toward giving you, our customers, better service. The dispatching staff just went through a week of intensive training and is ready to begin using the new system on Tuesday, July 29th.

There are many positive aspects to this new system, but that means there is the needed information gathering that must be accomplished first. So when you call for a ride, we will be asking every customer/rider for their name, address, phone number, birthdate, whether they need the wheelchair lift and their emergency contact information. This will be a one time entry of information.

Most importantly when you need a ride, you must call as much in advance as possible, give us your name, pickup location and drop-off location and if you have an appointment. Since this new system will be using GPS, and will have all passenger information, it can determine which vehicle will best serve your needs and which route the driver will take. This will cut down on wait time and the time you will be on the bus.

As before, when we are given a pickup time, you can expect the bus to arrive up to 10 minutes before or 10 minutes after this time. Please make sure you are ready and waiting as we will only wait for 1 minute prior to departing for the next stop.

A few other changes will be implemented...once you have boarded the bus, you will not be able to change your destination; we will not be able to wait while you are transacting business; you must have the correct fare when boarding (i.e. no charging); every person who will be boarding the bus must have a reservation.

The staff at Valley County Transit would like to thank you in advance for helping make this a smooth transition for everyone. If you have any questions, call Colleen Pankratz at 228-8744.

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