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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.


Portion Of Highway 191 To Be Closed On Tuesday And Wednesday

Saturday, July 20th 2019

U.S. Highway 191 will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 23-24 for culvert repairs.

The repair work will be at mile marker 105, three miles north of the DY Junction, the U.S. Highway 191 and Montana Highway 66 junction.

North-bound traffic can travel north to the DY Junction, then will need to detour north onto MT Highway 66 to US Highway 2.

South-bound traffic from the Malta area can detour on US Highway 2 west, then south on MT Highway 66.

Local traffic will be allowed to travel on US 191 but not through mile marker 105.

The road will be open by each evening with one lane traffic but closed during the daytime July 23rd & 24th when crews are working. Signs will be in place on both north and south ends of this route to warn travelers of the road closure.


Fort Peck increases water released from reservoir

Thursday, July 18th 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has partially opened two of the Fort Peck Dam's spillway gates to relieve the rising water level in the reservoir.

The Billings Gazette reports Fort Peck had been holding back water on the upper Missouri River because of this year's flooding downstream in South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

The water in the dam had reached an elevation of nearly 2,247 feet (685 meters), with the top of the gates at 2,250 feet (686 meters).

Opening the gates on Monday brings the amount of water moving through the dam to 15,000 cubic feet per second (425 cubic meters per second). The corps' Darin McMurry says that will likely be the level through August.

Last year's peak releases from Fort Peck dam were 20,000 cubic feet per second (566 cubic meters per second).


Yard of the Week

Thursday, July 18th 2019

Roger and Chris Hystad are the latest Yard of the Week recipients. THey are lcoated at 641 4th Avenue North and were selected by Mayor Becky Erickson.


Oil production remains steady in North Dakota

Wednesday, July 17th 2019

Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State officials say oil production in North Dakota held steady this spring.

The state's wells produced 1.39 million barrels of crude per day in May, just 800 per day more than in April. Despite the steady May numbers, North Dakota's oil production is near the record set in January. And, the high level is creating some transportation challenges. Statewide, companies are flaring off 19 percent of all gas produced, higher than the 12 percent target.

Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms tells the Bismarck Tribune work is underway on a number of facilities to capture more of that gas, including several processing plants and Oneok's Elk Creek Pipeline, which will carry natural gas liquids from eastern Montana to Kansas.


Hump Day Is Today! (July 17th)

Wednesday, July 17th 2019

Another Hump Day is underway in Glasgow today. Many businesses are having flash sales throughout the day. Don't forget to bring in your receipts from participating merchants to the Chamber by noon Friday for a chance to win $50 in Chamber Big Bucks.

Also, the Glasgow Downtown Association will bring Alive At Five tonight in front of the Glasgow Elks Lodge. There will be live music, food and drinks from 5-8 p.m.


Glasgow School Board Chairman updates on search for new Superintendent

Wednesday, July 17th 2019

Glasgow School Board Chairman Mona Amundson talked about the search for a new Superintendent for the Glasgow School District. The application deadline is Wednesday and Mona Amundson explains the short application process:


https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/mona-superintendent-search


Power outages explained by Norval

Wednesday, July 17th 2019

The past few weeks residents of Northeast Montana have experienced several power outages or blips in their power. Haylie Shipp visited with Leila Seyfert of Norval who explained the outages:

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/leila-seyfert-norval-power-outages-717


Sheriff Tom Boyer addresses VCSO patrolling of the Fort Peck Lake area

Tuesday, July 16th 2019

Stan Ozark visited with Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer and Boyer addressed the relationship of the VCSO and Valley County Search and Rescue along with patrolling of the Fort Peck Lake area by the VCSO.


https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/tom-boyer


Fort Peck Reservoir Chinook Salmon Egg Collection And Stocking Looks Promising

Saturday, July 13th 2019

(Pictured: FWP's BJ Kemp with a big female that was collected in 2017. Some of her offspring may be showing up on anglers line this summer)

Good news for Chinook salmon anglers: Fort Peck Reservoir and hatchery crews recently stocked record numbers of Chinook salmon fingerlings into Fort Peck Reservoir, with over 534 thousand being stocked this spring.

Initially, the outlook from the fall 2018 egg collection efforts did not look very promising. Due to fewer mature females being present in the system due to limited stockings during 2015 and 2016, FWP Fisheries and hatchery personnel were only able to collect just over 110 thousand eggs last fall.

On a positive note, with the few eggs that FWP was able to obtain on Fort Peck Reservoir, hatchery personnel did see a very good “eye-up” percentage. According to Wade Geraets, Fort Peck Hatchery Manager, “Eye-up is a developmental stage in the egg where the actual eyes are seen and gives staff good indications that the eggs have been fertilized and are near hatching. The eye-up percentage was over 75%, which suggests that the female Chinook salmon were very healthy and mature and were able to produce good, viable eggs.”

In addition, due to collaborative work with the Dakotas, egg numbers were greatly increased. North Dakota was able to supply almost 400 thousand eggs and South Dakota 150 thousand, bringing the total to almost 650 thousand eggs that were then hatched and reared at the Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery over the winter.

“We would like to give a big thanks to the North and South Dakota fisheries and hatchery staff for assisting us with surplus eggs to meet stocking requirements,” said Heath Headley, FWP Fort Peck Reservoir fisheries biologist.

According to Headley, Montana and North and South Dakota have worked collaboratively for many years, including supplementing eggs when one may be short and another had surplus. In addition, these salmon are the only disease-free certified Chinook salmon in North America.

“There have been some problems with the Great Lakes and Pacific Northwest salmon due to multiple diseases, including viruses and other pathogens that can negatively impact the overall health of the fishery,” said Headley. “We are very fortunate that Montana and the Dakotas have been able to maintain this healthy land-locked salmon fishery.”

FWP has an Aquatic Health Advisory Committee, that makes recommendations to the Fisheries Division Chief on fish health, whom then uses these recommendations in the decision-making process. “One of these recommendations is that all eggs or fish from outside the State of Montana, that are transported or shipped into the state, be disease-free certified,” said Geraets. “This also works for all eggs or fish that Montana ships or transports to other states across the country.”

Salmon were first introduced into Ft. Peck Reservoir in 1983. Due to the abundance of their preferred forage fish, cisco, salmon have shown excellent growth, with males maturing in two to four years and females in three to four years. This is the only Chinook fishery in Montana, so anglers travel from near and far in hopes of hooking up with these fresh water titans.

Headley hints that the salmon fishing in 2019 looks favorable based on stocking numbers in 2017 (345,000) and 2018 (377,000) as well as with numbers seen during 2018 fall surveys conducted. “Crews noticed good numbers of two-year old male salmon that averaged a little over five pounds during the fall 2018 collection efforts,” said Headley. “This is an encouraging sign that improved numbers of larger, older 3-year old salmon may be more abundant this year.” ?


32nd Annual Montana Governor's Cup Walleye Fishing Tournament

Friday, July 12th 2019

The 32nd Annual Montana Governor's Cup Walleye Fishing Tournament is this Thursday thru Saturday. All the details are on our
Governor's Cup page.


Two Rivers Economic Growth Awards Storefront Beautification Grants

Wednesday, July 10th 2019

Two Rivers Economic Growth has awarded Storefront Beautification Grants to four Valley County businesses.

Two Rivers launched the Valley County Storefront Beautification Project last year and successfully awarded four Valley County Storefronts money. We were so pleased with the final projects and applicants we decided we would offer it again this year. It is a 1:1 match with awards up to $1,000 per applicant. Projects are awarded based upon criteria within the grant that follows guidelines for façade improvement to enhance storefront and curb-side appeal. This promotes growth and development for individual businesses as well as boosting our own local economy.

Two Rivers is proud to announce grant awards to FOUR existing businesses that include:

• Mary’s Mercantile & Whistle Stop Barbershop owned by Mary Helland. Mary is currently focused on revitalizing the historic integrity of her shop by adding a brick cornice or crown to the top of the storefront. Antique corbels will be added to this crown by a local mason resembling the original cornice on the Goodkind building.

• Eternal Beauty.Ink owned by Lisa Mavity. Lisa is going to make her downtown storefront more appealing by having it scraped, primed, and painted by a local painter. Four women work from this building which creates heavy foot traffic in itself, as well as being located on one of the busiest streets in downtown Glasgow.

• Shippwrecked owned by Haylie Shipp. Haylie is trying to bring some of the history back to one of the oldest buildings in Glasgow (constructed in 1900) while also improving the functionality and aesthetics of the storefront. She is replacing the old interior door with a new wood door featuring a large window and transom above.

• Valley County Pioneer Museum. The Pioneer Museum has a wonderful location on Highway 2 in Glasgow but has had issues with people finding them in the past. They will be adding a beautiful twenty-five-foot metal sign created by the local artists at DB Design. This will not only make the building more appealing but will also make it easier to find by locals and tourists.

Two Rivers thanks all applicants and encourages others to look forward to future projects as we continue our efforts year after year through this program. Thank you for helping Two Rivers to make Valley County the best place to live, work & play!

For more information or to inquire about membership or volunteer projects, please contact Executive Director, Keegan Morehouse at 406-263-GROW(4769), email trg2@nemont.net or visit our website at GrowValleyCounty.com.


Yard of the Week

Tuesday, July 9th 2019

Jeff and Julie Sanders are the latest Yard of the Week winners. They are located at 55 Bonnie Street. They were selected by Councilman Rod Karst.


Glasgow School Board begins process to hire Superintendent

Tuesday, July 9th 2019

The Glasgow School Board will consider retaining the services of the Montana School Board Association as it begins the search for a superintendent to replace Bob Connors.

The cost of retaining the services of the MTSBA would be $5500 plus travel, printing and postage expenses. The MTSBA would lead the search for a new superintendent to replace Bob Connors who took over the Superintendent position in Bozeman.

The school board will vote on Wednesday at its regular July meeting.

The school board will also consider raising the price of school meals for the 2019-2020 school year. The cost of a school breakfast is currently $2.00 for students and $2.00 for adults. Lunch prices are currently $3.00 for students and $3.50 for adults. The school district is proposing an increase to $3.25 for lunch and $2.25 for breakfast for all students. Adult prices would increase to $2.25 for adults and stay at $3.50 for lunch.

The school district had a loss of $34,000 last school year and these price increases should prevent the loss of money for the next school year. Last year the school served 140,855 meals.


FWP “Kids to Fish” Program Allows Anglers To Borrow Gear & Tackle For Free

Tuesday, July 9th 2019

Photo: Tate Langel, FWP summer education technician, inspects some rods at the Hill County Library in Havre

A popular Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 program that allows kids and their friends or families to check out free fishing rods and tackle is in full swing again this year.

In time for summer fishing, FWP staff has restocked and maintained over 350 fishing rods in most all the 43 different location sites across Montana’s Hi-Line. The “Kids to Fish” program lets anglers check out fishing rods and reels and use basic tackle, such as hooks, bobbers, and sinkers. Typically, eight rods are at each location, and usually a tackle box is available to borrow/use the available tackle.

Marc Kloker, FWP Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager, runs the program. “Although it takes quite a bit of time and effort to replace, maintain, and travel around to all the loaner locations, I think it’s worth it if it gets someone out fishing who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity,” says Kloker.

Tate Langel, a summer education specialist with FWP’s Montana WILD, has given Kloker a hand this summer in fixing up and distributing rods. “Just because someone doesn’t have a fishing rod doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to go fishing,” Langel said. “And whether it’s a cousin in town that wants to go along and needs a rod, or an extra pole is needed for catfishing on the Milk River, we want as many kids as possible to go out and fish and enjoy themselves.”

“We had one family who checked out a dozen rods to use at their kid’s birthday party,” says Kloker. “This equipment is for use for anybody who needs some extra gear.”

FWP appreciates all the locations that display a rack of these fishing rods, and they are the reason the program has been so successful. “The many business owners and organizations who participate in the program deserve special thanks,” adds Kloker. “They’re helping a lot of kids have fun on the water this summer.”

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

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

More than 350 of these fishing rods are available to be checked out from the outlets by individuals, families, organizations, church groups and schools. If anyone is looking to check out a large number of rods (over 20) for a particular event, please contact either the Glasgow or Havre FWP offices and they will get you set up. If there are any questions about the program or if you are interested in having poles available at other locations in your community, please contact Kloker at 406-228-3704.

Fishing rods and tackle are currently available to check out at these locations. Locations can also be found on the Region 6 webpage on fwp.mt.gov .
BAINVILLE
Welcome Stop
BIG SANDY
The Grocery Store
BROCKTON
B & S Quick Stop
CHESTER
Liberty Quick Stop
CHINOOK
Finley’s Food Farm
CIRCLE
Circle Country Market
CULBERTSON
Val-Am
Hometown Market
FLAXVILLE
PRO CO-OP
FORT BELKNAP AGENCY
Kwik Stop
FORT PECK
Downstream (Kiwanis) Campground
Fort Peck Fish Hatchery
Lakeridge Motel & Tackle Shop
Fort Peck Marina
Fort Peck Interpretive Center
Rock Creek Marina
FRAZER
School
FROID
Froid Grocery
GLASGOW
FWP Region 6 headquarters
City-County Library
Cottonwood Inn
Ezzie’s West End Conoco
Glasgow Recreation Department
Shady Rest RV Park
HARLEM
EZ Mart store
HAVRE AREA
FWP Havre Office
Stromberg’s Sinclair
Hill County Library
Quality Life Concepts
HINSDALE
Sweet memories
LOMA
Midway Mercantile (Across from Ma’s Loma Cafe)
MALTA
Phillips County Library
Westside Conoco Convenience Store
MEDICINE LAKE
Lake Pit Stop store
NASHUA
B&B Foods
OPHEIM
Pro Co-Op
PEERLESS
Dutch Henry’s Club
PLENTYWOOD
Sheridan County Library
Plentywood Hardware
SACO
Sleeping Buffalo Hot springs
SCOBEY
PRO CO-OP
Hometown Hardware
WOLF POINT
EC sports


2019 Feda Scholarships For The Trades

Wednesday, July 3rd 2019

Five Valley County high school graduates have received the 2019 Feda Scholarships for the Trades for the upcoming school year, announced Doris Leader of Glasgow. She chairs the Valley County Community Foundation, which administers the scholarship.

Recipients who received scholarships for their first year of study are:

Bridger Barnett, who is a Glasgow High School graduate, will study to become an electrical lineman at Bismarck State College.

Sara Boucher, a Hinsdale High School graduate, will study radiologic technology at Flathead Valley Community College.

Adler Morgan, a Nashua High School graduate, will attend MSU Northern to study pipe fitting and welding.

Previous Feda Scholarship recipients Cade Anderson and Trent Herbert were awarded scholarships this year. Anderson studies professional game development at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment in Seattle and is an Opheim High School graduate. Herbert attends the North Dakota State College of Science at Wahpeton, studying welding and precision machining. He is a GHS graduate.

Audrey and Gerry Feda of Glasgow established the scholarship with an endowment to VCCF in 2007. They designated it to benefit graduates of Valley County high schools who pursue post-secondary education in the trades. Earnings from the endowment fund the annual awards. The first students received scholarships in 2009. Since then, 24 students have received a total of $36,100.

Graduating seniors and previous Feda Scholarship recipients are eligible to apply. Applications for 2020 will be available next spring. A notice of the deadline and requirements for applicants are given through local media, high school guidance counselors, and the VCCF website: www.valleycountycf.net .


Loryn Mason receives Yard of the Week recognition

Tuesday, July 2nd 2019

Glasgow City Council Member Doug Nistler has selected the yard of Loryn Mason as this weeks Yard of the Week! Loryn resides at 637 6th Avenue South and will have a sign in her yard the entire week plus will receive $25 in Chamber Big Bucks!


Project HOPE Fundraiser Is July 4th

Tuesday, July 2nd 2019

The community is invited to the Valley Event Center on Thursday, July 4th for a barbecue, auction and variety show.

This is the major fundraiser for Project HOPE. Funds are being raised to assist those people in Valley County that are in need of financial assistance due to medical expenses.

The barbecue will run from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. This is a free-will offering meal. The auction is set from 7:30 - 8:30 pm. Items can be dropped off at the Event Center on the afternoon of July 3rd or during the day of the 4th, or by calling 263-8757.

The Variety Show is scheduled from 8:30 - 10:00 pm. If you would like to volunteer your talents (singing, dancing or playing an instrument), then please contact Rod at 263-8757.


Bob Connors accepts contract from Bozeman School District worth $165,000 per year

Friday, June 28th 2019

Story from Bozeman Chronicle www.bozemanchronicle.com

Bozeman Public Schools has a new superintendent.

Bob Connors, 56, accepted a two-year contract Thursday from the Bozeman School Board that sets his pay at $165,000 a year. That’s almost $15,000 more than what outgoing superintendent Rob Watson was paid.

School board trustees also agreed to reimburse Connors up to $5,000 for moving costs.The superintendent will have the option to renegotiate his salary after his first year on the job.
Connors is leaving his job as superintendent in Glasgow, where he’s been for the past seven years. His salary there was just under $100,000.

Connors said the contract is a good compromise between himself and the board.
“It’s something we can live with, and I think it will benefit both of us,” Connors said.

Connors plans to move to Bozeman Sunday. He’ll start work as superintendent July 8, after spending the Fourth of July with his grandchildren.

The school board met Thursday to discuss the contract and a few minor changes. The original document said that Connors would be evaluated in January. It’s been amended to say the evaluation can take place any time before the next academic year.

Trustee Heide Arneson said she’s content with the board’s decision to hire Connors.
“Reflecting back on the choice, over time I’m just happier and happier with it,” Arneson said.
Connors’ salary is comparable to other Class AA schools. It’s the same as Helena, and within $2,000 of what Butte pays.

Watson will get paid $180,000 a year as superintendent of Missoula County Public Schools. Arneson said during Thursday’s meeting the board had offered Watson salary raises in the past, but that he turned them down.

Board Chairman Andy Willett and Trustee Gary Lusin prepared the contract with help from Debra Silk of the Montana School Board Association. Willett said they wanted to offer a salary that accounts for Connors’ experience and the workload he’ll undertake. The district is preparing to open a new high school.

“I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not afraid of hard work,” Connors said.


Tester Defends Long-Distance Amtrak Service for Rural Montana

Friday, June 28th 2019

(U.S. Senate) – Following the Trump Administration’s repeated attempts to cut rail funding in rural America, U.S. Senator Jon Tester pressed Amtrak officials on their failure to invest in long-distance commuter rail lines that connect rural areas to the rest of the country.

The Trump Administration’s budget for Fiscal Year 2020 cuts Amtrak’s budget by nearly 25 percent, or $455 million.

In this week's Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing, Tester questioned Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson on the organization’s plans to invest in rural connectivity despite attempts to undermine long-distance commuter rail services—such as the Empire Builder Line in Montana—and close stations and ticket offices in remote areas, like Havre and Shelby.

“I really hope moving forward that we try to make Amtrak all it can be,” Tester said. “But we can’t forget about the rural areas. In two small towns, that happen to be fairly close to where I live, there were ticket offices that were closed… If we’re not going to leave rural America out, how do we make it so these folks in rural areas—who quite frankly will use the train—how do we make it work for them?”

Tester has repeatedly condemned the decision to close rural ticket offices after more than 400 northern Montana residents signed a petition calling for their restoration. Many Montanans do not have access to a single broadband provider, making it unnecessarily difficult for them to take the train as Amtrak moves towards their goal of an online-only ticket purchase system.

Tester also pressured Anderson to make carefully planned investments in the Amtrak long-distance rail system so America’s small towns can be better connected to other rural and urban communities.

“If we don’t make the investment we’re never going to get the dividend,” Tester said. “I would just encourage you to keep pushing very, very hard to make sure that we don’t just have a good passenger service in areas with high populations. The bottom line is that we need your advocacy to make smart investments that work well for the American public.”

Amtrak operates 15 long-distance routes in 47 states across the country, connecting rural and urban centers and providing inter-state mobility to underserved communities and populations. Amtrak’s Empire Builder Long-Distance Line—spanning from Chicago to Seattle—includes 12 stations along the Montana Hi-Line, which served 121,429 passengers who boarded or disembarked in Montana last year.

During a Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing last week, Tester raised serious concerns to Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory about the Administration’s lack of long-term planning for Amtrak programs in rural areas. In the same hearing, he advocated for the creation of a committee representing rural-based stakeholders to better plan for the future of national rail services.

As part of his #ConnectMT initiative, Tester has been a champion of improving access to long-distance commuter rails in America. He recently led a bipartisan effort to strengthen rural Amtrak service and hold the Trump Administration accountable for attempts to gut funding for the Empire Builder Line and was instrumental in negotiating a bipartisan budget deal earlier this year that granted full-funding to Amtrak’s long-distance services.


Reappraised property values, for tax purposes, increase in most Montana counties including Valley County

Friday, June 28th 2019

https://ktvq.com/news/montana-news/2019/06/25/reappraised-property-values-for-tax-purposes-increase-in-most-montana-counties/

HELENA — In Montana’s most populous cities and counties — and, in some smaller counties as well — reappraised residential and business property values that determine property taxes often increased by double-digit percentages this year.

But those increases won’t necessarily lead to comparably higher property taxes, unless your increase was above the county-wide average, local officials told MTN News.

“What many counties would do, and certainly this county, most likely will be to reduce the number of mills, so people’s taxes don’t get the huge bump,” said Lewis and Clark County Commissioner Susan Good Giese.

Statewide, residential property values this year increased an average of 12.5 percent, in the Revenue Department’s biennial reappraisal. For businesses, the average increase was nearly 10 percent. The department mailed notices of the reappraised value to property owners several weeks ago.

In Valley County, residential property values increased 9.84% while commercial property increased 7.19%.

The state and local governments, including cities, counties and schools, apply mill levies to those values, to calculate a property owner’s taxes for the 2019-20 fiscal year. If the mill levy stays the same and your value went up, your taxes will increase. But if mill levies are reduced, your taxes can stay the same, increase less than your value increase, or even decline.

And in areas where reappraised property values declined — such as a dozen rural counties, primarily in eastern Montana — local governments can increase mill levies to capture the same amount of revenue as the previous year. Or, if the mills in these areas stay the same, your taxes likely will decline.

Still, for most residents of the state, appraised property values increased during the last two-year reappraisal cycle.

The biggest increase for a large county occurred in the state’s fastest-growing area: Bozeman and Gallatin County, where residential values climbed an average of 23 percent and commercial property increased an average of almost 20 percent. Those numbers from the Revenue Department include the value of new construction, so the increase is not entirely on existing homes and businesses.

Neighboring Madison County saw the biggest average increase of any county for residential property, at nearly 29 percent. The largest average increase for commercial property came in another southwestern Montana county: Park County, at 27 percent.

Other counties that saw relatively big increases in average value for residential property were Blaine (20 percent), Park (19.5 percent), Chouteau (19 percent), Broadwater (15 percent) and Judith Basin (13.5 percent).

Average increases for residential property in the most populous counties ranged from 7 percent in Yellowstone County to the 23 percent high in Gallatin County. Ravalli County clocked in at second-highest in this group at 12.3 percent, Missoula was 12.1 percent, Flathead 11 percent, Lewis and Clark at 9.5 percent and Silver Bow and Cascade counties at about 9 percent each.

The value of commercial property in these counties also increased, but generally at a lesser amount — except Missoula County, where the average value of commercial property increased nearly 18 percent.

The four main entities that receive property-tax revenue are school districts, cities, counties and the state. Mills levied by the state, primarily for education, are unchanged. Cities and counties cannot increase their general-fund budget by more than half the rate of inflation (about 1 percent this year) and therefore don’t get a windfall from increased property valuations – unless it’s new construction.


Tim Burton, executive director, Montana League of Cities and Towns
“So that means, if your valuations are going up, then when the local government goes through the tax form, we’re probably going to see a lot of mill-levy reductions throughout the state of Montana,” said Tim Burton, executive director of the Montana League of Cities and Towns.

School district budgets also are limited by state law on how much they can increase, tied to student enrollment and other factors, and can’t just take advantage of higher property values to collect more money.

However, at least two circumstances will cause your taxes to go up: The appraised value of your property increases more than the county- or city-wide average, meaning mill-levy reductions will offset only part of the increase, or increased mills approved by voters for additional services, programs or buildings.

“A lot of that, statewide, will be determined by what the voters themselves voted — if they voted for school levies, or libraries, or any kind of levies where the voters had a voice,” Geise said.

Geise also noted that if property owners believe their reappraised value is too high, they can appeal it to the local Revenue Department office.

“I always tell people when they get their appraisal in the mail, they should ask themselves the following question: `Would I sell my house for that amount of money?’” she said. If the answer is yes, the appraisal is accurate and legal, because the law says the appraised value should reflect the market. If the answer is no, and you think it’s too high, you can file a protest and try to get it reduced.

And if the value is a lot lower than you think your house or business is worth?

“Then you should probably accept that with a slight smile, and move on,” Geise said.

Here is a complete list of all Montana counties: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kfuDrq61TGBmjFDzEUbIa3QxoCPm0QO5/view


Flash Flood Warning Issued For Parts Of Daniels, Roosevelt & Sheridan County

Thursday, June 27th 2019

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GLASGOW MT
819 AM MDT THU JUN 27 2019

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GLASGOW HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN DANIELS COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN MONTANA...
NORTH CENTRAL ROOSEVELT COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN MONTANA...
SOUTHWESTERN SHERIDAN COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN MONTANA...

* UNTIL 1115 AM MDT.

* AT 818 AM MDT, DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED AN AREA OF THUNDERSTORMS
PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. UP TO THREE INCHES OF
RAIN HAVE ALREADY FALLEN. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN
SHORTLY.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE TO TWO INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN
THE WARNED AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD
DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES.

PLEASE REPORT FLOODING TO YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WHEN YOU
CAN DO SO SAFELY.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.
IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNED AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY.
RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE
PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY.


DACA Photojournalist Detained While Traveling Hiline On Amtrak

Thursday, June 27th 2019

Full story from the Billings Gazette

A photojournalist based in North Dakota was detained in jail Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and released Wednesday morning.

Ibrahim Ramades Cetindemir Cordon, 28, was traveling from Seattle to Williston, North Dakota, on an Amtrak train when he was stopped by border patrol officers searching the train at the Havre stop on Monday. Officers questioned Cetindemir, who is originally from Guatemala, but left when the train had to continue onto the next stop.

At the Amtrak stop in Malta, border patrol officers boarded again, and questioned him just after 4 p.m. Cetindemir showed officers his work permit and a driver's license while on the train, Cetindemir said. He said he was a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient, and his DACA status was valid until May 2020.
A spokesperson for Amtrak said he didn't know how often border patrol searches Amtrak trains, but that the company complies with federal law, which says that authorities may search a vehicle, including a train, for aliens within 100 miles of the border. Malta is just under 60 miles from the Canadian border.

Cetindemir was detained under the Immigration and Nationality Act 212, inadmissible aliens, and 237, deportable aliens, for an outstanding deportation order for Cetindemir from 2014. The order was from overstaying his visa in 2014, before he was granted DACA status, Cetindemir told the Billings Gazette. Since then he has renewed his DACA status in 2016 and in 2018.

Originally from Guatemala, Cetindemir immigrated to the U.S. when he was about 13 years old with his mother and younger sister. Since then he's lived in the U.S. Now, the freelance photographer is based in Williston. He has had work published in Outdoor Magazine, Matador Network, Patagonia, REI and others.

When he was arrested Cetindemir didn't feel angry or worried he would be deported, he said. He thought he'd be detained for a few hours while they checked his DACA status, and he knew he doesn't have a criminal record.

Cetindemir was taken into custody by border patrol and held Monday in Malta, according to a border patrol officer at the Malta Border Patrol Station.

Once in custody he said border patrol told him he would be deported and that he wouldn't be able to speak to a lawyer or judge. It wasn't until he was booked into jail that his situation started to sink in.

He was transferred Tuesday afternoon to Cascade County Detention Center in Great Falls. He arrived just after 3 p.m., and the jail had him under an "immigration hold," according to Cascade County Cpl. Freiling and the ICE detainee database. (The corporal refused to give his first name).

"It was a bit nerve-wracking walking into jail because I didn’t know what to expect," Cetindemir said. "Jail was not a pleasant place, (but) it wasn’t a really negative experience. If anything I learned from it."


Preliminary Storm Reports From Thursday Morning

Thursday, June 27th 2019

Thursday morning storm reports from the National Weather Service office in Glasgow:

8:00 a.m. Public reports 2.5 inches of heavy rain 15 miles southwest of Scobey – still raining
8:00 a.m. Public reporting 3.5 inches of heavy rain 20 miles south of Scobey – still raining
8:00 a.m. Public reporting 3.76 inches of heavy rain and still raining 25 miles north of Popalr
8:25 a.m. Public reporting 2.22 inches of rain, 22 mles north of Brockton
8:25 a.m. Heavy rain reported by the public, 7 miles south of Scobey: 2.35 inches of rain as of 8:25 a.m. and still raining
8:25 a.m. 2 inches of rain between 3:30 and 4:15 a.m. reported by the public, 17 miles north of Frazer


Northside Residents Evacuated For Short Time Due To Gas Leak On Wednesday Morning

Wednesday, June 26th 2019

Some north-side Glasgow residents were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday morning, due to a gas line break.

A company replacing water lines in the area ruptured a line, and residents on 5th avenue north between first and fifth streets were asked to leave the area. They were allowed back into their homes by 10:30 a.m.

The Glasgow Police Department, with assistance from the Glasgow Fire Department, Long Run Fire Department, Valley County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Highway Patrol all responded to the incident.

Workers from MDU were able to cap the line. Glasgow Police Chief Brien Gault wants to thank all first responders for their quick response to the incident.


Grandstreet Theatre To Bring Play To Pioneer Museum

Wednesday, June 26th 2019

The Grandstreet Theatre will present the play "Every Brilliant Thing" on two separate nights at the Pioneer Museum in Glasgow.

The first show is Thursday night, June 27th, at 6:30 p.m. The second show will be Tuesday, July 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

According to the press release, Every Brilliant Thing is a hilarious, powerful and timely play that shines a light on all the things that make life worth living.

Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation will to go to benefit local resources for mental health and suicide prevention.



Fort Peck Reservoir Angler Creel Survey Underway Through September

Tuesday, June 25th 2019

(Pictured: an angler on Fort Peck Reservoir with a freshwater drum)

Anglers on Fort Peck Reservoir this summer may be asked a few questions about their fishing experience when they come off the water.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is conducting an angling “creel” survey on the state’s largest and most popular warm water fishery to monitor catch rates of popular game fish and determine level of satisfaction with the fishery.

The data-gathering surveys will be based at marinas and boat ramps around the reservoir. Creel clerks will ask several questions about the day’s fishing and also provide information on aquatic invasive species (AIS).

“The interview is short and shouldn’t take more than a couple minutes,” said Fort Peck Reservoir fisheries biologist Heath Headley.

According to Headley, detailed information gathered from these surveys is important and helps FWP better manage the Fort Peck fisheries by providing information on fishing pressure, size of fish harvested and

“We’d like to thank all anglers in advance for their time and cooperation during these surveys and wish everyone the best of luck fishing this summer,” Headley said.

If there are any questions, please contact Headley at 406-526-3471, or email hheadley@mt.gov


Northeast Montana Pulse Plot Tour Set For July 1

Tuesday, June 25th 2019

Attention farmers, the 11th annual Northeast Montana Pulse Plot Tour will be held Mon. July 1st.

All are welcome to start the day at 9:30a.m. on Dick & Darlene Fulton’s farm south of Richland & follow the tour as it moves to the Richland Fertilizer Plant for a sponsored lunch & more pulse discussion. Four applicator points are available as speakers discuss aphanomyces, factors impacting nodulation, cover crops, herbicide resistance, & more.

Call the Extension, 228-6241, for more details.


Increasing Farm Profit With Soil Health

Tuesday, June 25th 2019

There will be a workshop on "Increasing Farm Profit With Soil Health" on Wednesday, June 26th at the Pioneer Museum in Glasgow.

Registration is at 8:30a.m. with workshop & field demo from 9a.m. – 4:30p.m.

The speaker is Nicole Masters, a soil educator who works with regenerative agriculture in New Zealand, Australia & Montana. Topics include reducing inputs, lifting your bottom line while paying it forward with healthy soil; & building resilience during climate uncertainty.

The cost is $30/person, lunch included. Contact the Valley County Conservation District, 228-4321 ext. 101 or email vccdmt20@gmail.com to sign up.


Valley View Home’s Annual Community BBQ Is Wednesday

Tuesday, June 25th 2019

Valley View Home’s Annual Community BBQ is Wed. June 26th from 4:30 – 7p.m. at Valley View.

There will be a jump house & yard games for the kids & pulled pork sandwiches with sides along with drinks & a dessert will be served.

All are invited to attend.


Wet Weekend For Much Of Central And Eastern Montana

Monday, June 24th 2019

It was a wet weekend for many areas of eastern and central Montana. In southern Phillips County, around seven inches of rain was recorded this weekend. Wolf Point reported over 2 inches of rain.

In Glasgow, the official total from Saturday was 1.18 inches, with another .07 reported with showers that move through on Sunday evening.

There is still a very good chance of more precipitation today (Monday). And, the National Weather Service says that there's a chance of severe thunderstorms from Wednesday through Friday.


Fire Departments Respond To Nashua Blaze

Monday, June 24th 2019

Glasgow/Long Run responded for mutual aid to a structure fire in Nashua, early on Friday morning.
Response included command, one structure engine and one rescue truck.

Seven members from Glasgow/Long Run Fire Department were on the scene, assisting the Nashua Fire Department.


Cool Temperatures On Friday Set Record For The Day

Saturday, June 22nd 2019

From the National Weather Service office in Glasgow

The high in Glasgow on Friday, June 21 was 58 degrees. That broke a record for coldest high for the date, which was 62 degrees, set in 1960.


Governor Bullock Appointments

Saturday, June 22nd 2019

Governor Steve Bullock today announced the following appointments.

State Council for the Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Superintendent Tom Moore, Great Falls. Qualification: Superintendent of a school district with a high concentration of military children. Moore is the incoming Superintendent of Great Falls Schools.

Board of Engineers and Land Surveyors

Dr. Ruhul Amin, Bozeman. Qualification: Professional Engineer (Mechanical). Amin is a Professor and Mechancial Engineering Program Coordinator at Montana State University, Bozeman.

Ray Gross, Dillon. Qualification: Professional and practicing land surveyor. Gross is a Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor and owns Raymond Gross Engineering & Surveying, Inc.

Tom Pankratz, Clancy. Qualification: Professional Engineer (Electrical). Pankratz is the Director of Major Management for NorthWestern Energy.

Roger Wagner, Nashua. Qualification: Representative of the public not engaged in or directly connected with the practice of engineering or land surveying. Wagner is a retired farmer in Valley County.

Montana Heritage Preservation and Development Commission

Virginia Court, Billings. Qualification: Public At-Large. Court is a former state legislator.

Shera Konen, Butte. Qualification: Broad experience in business. Konen is the Talent Manager for Warm Springs Productions.

Philip Maechling, Florence. Qualification: Experience in community planning. Maechling is a former planner and is an independent contractor.

Marilyn Ross, Twin Bridges. Qualification: Experience in historic preservation. Ross is a retired County Commissioner.

State Library Commission

Bruce Newell, Helena. Qualification: Public Representative. Newell is a retired librarian and former Director of the Montana Library Network.

Board of Livestock Loss

Seth Wilson will serve as Chair.

Board of Medical Examiners

Dr. Anna Earl, Great Falls. Qualification: Doctor of Medicine (MD). Earl is a family physician for the Great Falls Clinic.

Board of Optometry

Pete Fontana, Great Falls. Qualification: Representative of the public not engaged in the practice of optometry. Fontana is a Real Estate Appraiser and owner of Cornerstone Appraisal Services.

Dr. Doug Kimball, Bozeman. Qualification: Registered Optometrist. Kimball is an Optometrist with practices in Bozeman and Belgrade.

Board of Pharmacy

Dr. Starla Blank, Clancy. Qualification: Licensed Pharmacist. Blank is the Director of Pharmacy at St. Peter’s Health.

Dr. Paul Brand, Florence. Qualification: Licensed Pharmacist. Brand is a Pharmacist and the owner of Florence Pharmacy.

Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Jenn Reisenauer, Deer Lodge. Qualification: Licensed Physical Therapist. Reisenauer is the Physical Therapy Director for the Deer Lodge Medical Center.

Montana Pulse Crop Committee

Matt Franks, Sheridan. Qualification: Representative of the pulse industry who is appointed by the governor and operates a collection facility that purchases pulses in Montana, ex-officio member. Franks Manages the Pea and Lentil Processing Facility for Columbia Grain, Inc.

Dr. Sreekala Bajwa, Bozeman. Qualification: Dean of Agriculture of Montana State University-Bozeman, ex-officio member. Bajwa is the Dean of Agriculture at Montana State University-Bozeman.

Board of Real Estate Appraisers

Pete Fontana, Great Falls. Qualification: Licensed or certified real estate appraiser. Fontana is a Real Estate Appraiser and owner of Cornerstone Appraisal Services.

Myles Link, Missoula. Qualification: Representative of the public who is not engaged in the occupation of real estate appraisal. Link is a Mortgage Loan Officer for Opportunity Bank of Montana.

George Luther, Miles City. Qualification: Licensed or certified real estate appraiser. Luther owns Luther Appraisal Services, Inc.

Board of Realty Regulation

Eric Ossorio, Big Sky. Qualification: Licensed real estate broker, salesperson or property manager. Ossorio is the Supervising Broker at Engel & Völkers Montana.

Josh Peck, Butte. Qualification: Representative of the public who is not a state government officer or employee and who is not engaged in business as a real estate broker, a salesperson, or a property manager. Peck is the Co-Owner of Ripple Event Management and the Marketing & Events Coordinator for NorthWestern Energy.

Dan Wagner, Billings. Qualification: Licensed real estate broker, salesperson or property manager. Wagner is the Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Experts.

Kevin Wetherell, Seeley Lake. Qualification: Licensed real estate broker, salesperson or property manager. Wetherell is the CEO and Real Estate Broker at Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc.

Board of Regents of Higher Education

John Miller, Missoula. Qualification: Student Regent. Miller is a student at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law, University of Montana who received his undergraduate at Montana State University-Bozeman in Business Management.

Teachers’ Retirement Board

Dan Trost, Helena. Qualification: Representative of the public. Trost is a Financial Advisor with Trost Wealth Management.

Trauma Care Committee

Matt Waller, Chester. Qualification: Montana Hospital Association (MHA) Representative. Waller is the Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Medical Center.

Water and Wastewater Operators’ Advisory Council

Andy Loudermilk, Kalispell. Qualification: Water Treatment Plant Operator holding valid certificate. Loudermilk is a Water Treatment Plant Operator for Bigfork.

Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education

Sheila Stearns, Missoula. Qualification: Member engaged in a professional occupation. Stearns is the former Commissioner of Higher Education and engaged in education consulting.

Montana Wheat and Barley Committee

Llew Jones, Conrad. Qualification: Citizen of Montana who derives a substantial portion of the member’s income from growing wheat or barley in this state and be a resident of with farming operations in District III, consisting of Liberty, Toole, Glacier and Pondera Counties, Republican. Jones is the Owner of Jones Ranch, a farm/ranch operation in Pondera County, the owner of a few regional businesses and a State Representative from the area.

Max Cederberg, Turner. Qualification: Citizen of Montana who derives a substantial portion of the member’s income from growing wheat or barley in this state and be a resident of with farming operations in District II, consisting of Valley, Phillips, Blaine and Hill Counties, Democrat. Cederberg is a farmer and rancher in Blaine County.


Lisa Koski graduates from Leadership Montana

Thursday, June 20th 2019

BOZEMAN — Leadership Montana announced the graduation of 44 community, business, education, health care, non-profit and government leaders from across the state, including Havreites Brad Baldwin of Baldwin Insurance and Jennifer Dees of Northwest Farm Credit Services, for the Class of 2019 of its flagship leadership program.

Leadership Montana presents an annual seven-session program of leadership development, education about issues facing Montana today, and opportunities for networking and collaboration. This year’s class visited Big Sky, Phillipsburg, Butte, Hamilton, Missoula, Helena, White Sulphur Springs, Great Falls, Glasgow and Billings.

“On behalf of Leadership Montana, I am excited to welcome these accomplished individuals into our growing alumni group,” Leadership Montana President and CEO Chantel Schieffer said. “Leadership Montana is designed to bring together some of the brightest and most diverse minds to help secure the future of our great state. With these new alumni, we are continuing in the tradition set forth by our founding members over a decade ago.”

To date, there are nearly 650 graduates of the program representing more than 50 communities across the state. Leadership Montana alumni serve in key leadership positions in businesses, education, government, healthcare, non-profit organizations, and community boards.

Nineteen alumni completed the newly designed Masters Class of 2019 which visited Pray, Lewistown and Helena. Upon graduation from Leadership Montana, alumni are invited to continue their leadership journey through the Masters Class, a shorter and smaller class experience allowing participants to dive deeper into issues facing Montana as well as their own leadership journey.

This three-day, three-session experience builds on the Leadership Montana experience that provides further understanding of community issues, leadership theory and civil discourse.

The rest of the Leadership Montana Class of 2019 is:

BELGRADE

David Loessberg — Campbells’ Plumbing and Heating

BILLINGS

Jim Beal — CTA Architects

Amy Carter — First Interstate Bank

Chad Hanson — Great West Engineering Inc.

Ric Heldt — A&E Architects PC

Dennis Sulser — St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation

Vici-Lynn Terpstra — PayneWest Insurance

Eric Wood — Billings Clinic

Misty Kuhl

BOZEMAN

Andi Baldwin — Profitable Ideas Exchange

Jay Fischer — Morrison Maierle

Julie Jackson — U.S. Bank

Carl Nystuen — DA Davidson & Co.

Penelope Pierce — Gallatin Valley Land Trust

Danielle Scharf — Sanderson Stewart

Clark Sherman — Saint James Episcopal Church

Andrea Surratt — City of Bozeman

Bridget Wilkinson — Bozeman Area Community Foundation

BUTTE

Courtney McKee — Headframe Spirits

CONRAD

Kody Farkell — Pondera County

Joan Kronebusch — Town Pump Hotel Group

ENNIS

Sunni Heikes-Knapton — Madison Conservation District

GLASGOW

Lisa Koski — Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, Inc.

GREAT FALLS

Susan Wolff — Great Falls College MSU

HAMILTON

Owen Robbins — First Interstate Bank

HELENA

Craig Aasved — Shodair Children’s Hospital

Hannah Cail — Montana Legal Services Association

Nate Linder — NorthWestern Energy

Christopher Oliveira — Crowley Fleck PLLP

Jan Stoddard — Montana Department of Commerce

Lisa Troyer — PacificSource Health Plans

Mark Meredith — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana

KALISPELL

Chance Barrett — Rocky Mountain Bank

Chris Clouse — Flathead Valley Community College

Jennifer Cloutier — US Forest Service

LODGE GRASS

Samuel Enemy-Hunter — Enemy-Hunter Designs

MISSOULA

Michael Basile — Montana Rail Link, Inc.

Matthew Mellott — Sterling Commercial Real Estate Advisors

Tung Pham — Submittable

THREE FORKS

Haylee Folkvord — Sacajawea Hotel

VIRGINIA CITY

Sheri Jarvis — Sheri Jarvis Art & Design

WHITEFISH

Diane Conti — BNSF Railway

Leadership Montana Class of 2019 Masters Class

BILLINGS

Michael Barber — Retired

Kris Carpenter — Sanctuary Spa and Salon / The Joy of Living

Leonard Malin — Tumbleweed Runaway Program

Toby O’Rourke — Kampgrounds of America Inc

BOZEMAN

Tory Atkins — Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply

Heather Collins — Eagle Mount

Chantel Schieffer — Leadership Montana

Scott Sehnert — Rocky Mountain Bank

Chuck Winn — City of Bozeman

BUTTE

John Carmody — NorthWestern Energy

GREAT FALLS

Brenda Peterson — The Wendt Agency

HELENA

Jen Hensley — Pacific Source Health Plans

Lanny Hubbard — Montana State Fund

KALISPELL

Jim Bliss — Tri State Restaurant Supply Inc

MISSOULA

Amy Coseo — Studio Verde Creative

Eric Halverson — Missoula International School

Hatton Littman — Missoula County Public Schools

RED LODGE

Kelly Heaton — Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

SIDNEY

Paula Eberling — Seventh Judicial Victim Witness Program

Leadership Montana exists to develop leaders committed to building a better Montana through knowledge, collaboration, and civility. It is a collaboration of leaders from business, labor, health care, education, nonprofit and government coming together to form a strong partnership for the betterment of the state. The organization offers participants programming that strengthens leadership skills while fostering personal growth. For more information about the program, visit its website at http://www.leadershipmontana.org, or call 406-577-2727.


Valley County to receive over $1 million in federal PILT funding.

Thursday, June 20th 2019

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $34 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds to Montana's rural counties.

“This is good news for our rural communities in Montana,” Daines said. “These payments ensure critical services are delivered so all Montanans, including those in our rural communities, receive the quality of life they deserve.”

Under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program, Montana rural communities will receive $34 million to support essential services such as firefighters, police, schools and road construction.

Valley County will receive $1,095,683 in PILT funding for 2019. This is a decrease from $1,149,572 in the 2018 budget year.


Bozeman School District offers Superintendent position to Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors

Wednesday, June 19th 2019

Local Bozeman media is reporting that the Bozeman School Board has voted to offer Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors the same job in the Bozeman School District.

The Bozeman Chronicle reports the school board voted 7-1 to offer a two-year contract to Connors who has been the Glasgow Superintendent since 2012.

If Connors agrees to a contract with Bozeman, the Glasgow School Board will have to start a search process very late to find a Superintendent for the 2019-2020 school year.


Dave and Pam Flaten receive Yard of the Week!

Tuesday, June 18th 2019

The Glasgow City Council Yard of the Week belongs to Pam and Dave Flaten. It is located at 137 Heather Lane. Each week this summer a member of the Glasgow City Council will select a Yard of the Week. Each winner receives $25 in Chamber Big Bucks and a sign in the yard for the week!

Pictured is Pam Flaten and Councilman Dan Carr.


Labops Black Grass Bugs Damaging Pasture and Range Grasses in Valley County according to MSU Extension

Monday, June 17th 2019

Damaging numbers of black grass bugs (Labops species) are being reported in range and pasture
locations in Valley and Cascade Counties.

Black grass bugs are plant sap feeders that target many introduced range grasses, including crested wheatgrass, intermediate wheatgrass, and orchardgrass.

Full Story


FWP Seeks Comment on Proposed Fishing Regulation Changes for 2020-24

Monday, June 17th 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on proposed fishing regulation changes for 2020-24. This is the first stage in the comprehensive review of the Fishing Regulations which occurs every four years.

In Northeastern Montana (Region 6), several changes have been proposed:
Combining Cisco and Whitefish into the same limit of 20 daily and 40 in possession
Establishing ice fishing shelter removal dates
Clarifying trout limits in the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam.
Allow bow and arrow harvest of Chinook Salmon in Fort Peck Reservoir during the snagging season

Full details on all the changes being proposed across the state are available at fwp.mt.gov/fish/publicComments/regsScoping.html . FWP would like your input on these changes and any other proposals not included here. You are encouraged to take the on-line survey at the bottom of the webpage.

Comments can also be provided via email at fwpRegs20@mt.gov , or via mail to Fisheries Regulations, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620.

The following is a schedule of the 2020-2024 Fishing Regulation process;
Public scoping: May 9 – June 21
Tentative Fishing Regulations presented to FWP Commission: August 15
Public comment on tentative regulations: August 19 – September 13
FWP Commission presented with final tentative fishing regulations; October 17


FWP Region 6 Mule Deer & Whitetail Deer Aerial Survey Findings Released

Monday, June 17th 2019

(Pictured - FWP Region 6 biologist Ryan Williams “view” during his deer surveys)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists have completed their 2019 winter and spring aerial surveys of deer populations across Region 6 in northeastern Montana. The surveys indicate above average numbers for mule deer, and mostly stable populations of whitetail deer across the region.

Mule deer
For mule deer, 11 trend areas in Region 6 are typically surveyed each year from the air. The winter “post-season survey” was completed in January, and the “spring survey” was conducted in April. While total deer counts tend to be variable, FWP Region 6 Outlook-area biologist Ryan Williamson said the 2019 surveys indicate mule deer continue to do quite well. “Mule deer trends remain stable and well above average across most of the region,” Williamson said.

The 2019 post-hunting-season surveys showed the region-wide mule deer density at 56 percent above average, but 4 percent below the 2018 survey. The 2019 spring surveys showed region-wide densities at 41 percent above average and a slight increase of 4 percent from last year’s spring survey. While regional numbers indicate above average mule deer levels overall, mule deer from the 11 mule deer trend areas range from slightly below average to well above the average.

This same trend was seen in the deer fawn-to-adult ratios that are also estimated during the spring survey. “Region wide, the fawn numbers remain near average. Fawn to adult ratio is an indicator of over-winter survival as well as new recruitment into the population,” Williamson said. The 2019 survey showed 51 fawns to 100 adults across the region, which is slightly below the average of 53 fawns to 100 adults. The eastern half of Region 6 saw higher fawn numbers, with 57 fawns to 100 adults. The western half of the region saw a decrease from 2018 to 44 fawns to 100 adults.

“Data collected during mule deer surveys are only one factor in deer management recommendations,” Williamson further explained. “The prior year’s harvest, weather and habitat factors, as well as additional input gathered from landowners, hunters, the general public and other agencies are all considered by the Fish and Wildlife Commission for season and quota-setting decisions.”

Winter mortality was variable across the region during the 2018-2019 winter but likely was minimal based on observations and reports. Williamson says, “A small amount of winter mortality was observed throughout the region, with mostly fawns succumbing to the harsher late winter weather. Generally speaking, the mule deer appeared to have overwintered well.”

For 2018, most Region 6 hunting districts will be managed under the liberal regulations for mule deer, which includes either-sex for a general deer license (A-tag), as well as additional B-licenses. “As normal, hunting district 652 continues to be a limited either-sex permit district and will have a limited number of B-licenses available,” Williamson said. “All hunting districts will have a varying number of mule deer B-licenses available this year.”

The drawing deadline to put in for mule deer B-licenses was June 1, but there will likely be some surplus licenses available starting Aug. 12, 2019.
Whitetail deer

White-tailed deer populations continue to remain stable. Williamson said surveys have been completed in six areas across Region 6. “Due to more uniform habitat, the whitetail surveys tend to look at deer density, as opposed to total numbers, for trends,” added Williamson. The 2019 year’s survey show whitetail deer density an average of 11.7 deer per square mile across the trend areas, which is approximately 10 percent above the long-term average of 10.7 deer per square mile, an increase of 22% from the 2018 surveys.

White-tailed deer densities remain near average in the eastern part of the region. The western trend areas along the Milk River are more variable, however, with overall densities 10% below average. “When compared to average, densities increased improved further west along the Milk,” said Williamson.

Current densities are significantly less than from a decade ago when whitetail densities were as high as 40 – 50 deer per square mile in some areas. “That level of deer density was unsustainable and was causing problems for landowners and also degrading habitat conditions prior to the EHD outbreaks that reduced the densities across Region 6,” Williamson said. Although no significant EHD outbreaks haven not been seen since 2014, areas with higher deer densities along the Missouri River have experienced small outbreaks of EHD in recent years.

With whitetail numbers increasing across Region 6, and in accordance with Fish and Wildlife Commission rule setting, a single-region antlerless whitetail B-licenses will again be available for over the counter purchase starting August 12, 2019. This license will be limited to one per hunter. Additionally, a region-wide limited quota whitetail B-license was available through the drawing, and any surplus will be available starting August 12, 2019.
CWD and deer

A new challenge of managing deer populations is the confirmed occurrence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) that was first detected in Region 6 along the Hi-line in 2018. CWD is a progressive, fatal disease affecting the nervous system of mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose. It is part of a group of diseases called Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs). TSEs are caused by infectious, mis-folded prion proteins, which cause normal prion proteins throughout a healthy animal’s body to mis-fold, resulting in organ damage and eventual death.

CWD is a slow-moving disease. However, if left unmanaged, it could result in long-term population declines within affected herds. All the states and provinces that border Montana, other than Idaho and British Columbia, have found CWD in their wild cervids.

In addition, high deer densities are known to typically have a higher prevalence due to the ability to spread the disease. “Now that CWD has been detected across the northern areas of Region 6, more emphasis will be put on reducing higher concentrations and densities of deer as well as proper disposal of deer carcasses to reduce the threat of spread to other areas of the state,” says Williamson.

CWD was first found in wild deer in Montana in October 2017. To date, CWD has been detected in Carbon, Liberty, Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan and now Lincoln counties. To prevent the spread of CWD within Montana, FWP establishes CWD Management Zones in areas where CWD has been found. Whole carcass, whole head or spinal column from any deer, elk, or moose harvested cannot be removed from these zones unless the animal has tested negative for CWD.

“Higher deer densities tend to influence the spread of the disease, so we take that into consideration when developing hunting season regulations.” Hunters are encouraged to submit their deer harvested in the Region 6 CWD Management Zone for testing as well as keep informed on the current regulations for transportation of those carcasses in and out of the CWD Management Zone.


MAMMA MIA! debuts at Fort Peck Summer Theatre

Sunday, June 16th 2019

One mother. One daughter. THREE possible dads! Mamma Mia, the world-wide phenomenon, is making it’s Fort Peck Summer Theatre debut. Bursting with dozens of ABBA’s famous hits, this spectacle musical guarantees to leave audiences dancing in the aisles! Get your tickets now, as this is sure to be a standing-room only production!

Making her FPST debut, Carolyn McPhee stars as Donna, alongside Glasgow native Hailey Stone as her daughter Sophie, and Jacob Herrera as the groom-to-be. Alicia Bullock-Muth and Darci Monsos play Donna’s former backup singers, Rosie and Tanya, with David Cody (Head of Vocal Performance at University of Montana), Royce McIntosh (National Tours of Mamma Mia, Elf and South Pacific) and Andy Meyers as the 3 possible dads.

Mamma Mia is directed by Joseph Martinez, Artistic Director of Missoula Children’s Theatre, with Musical Direction by Luree Green-Chappell and choreography by Meyers. FPST alum Theresa Jenson returns as Scenic Designer.

Performances are:
• Friday June 21, Saturday June 22, Friday June 28, Friday July 5 and Saturday July 6 at 7:30pm
• Sunday June 23, Sunday June 30 and Sunday July 7 at 4:00pm
• Saturday June 29 at 1:00pm

For more information call 406-526-9943 or visit our online box office at fortpecktheatre.org


Following Mamma Mia, the 2019 season continues with:
• The Marvelous Wonderettes: July 12 – July 21
• Peter Pan: July 26 – August 11
• On Golden Pond: August 16 – September 1


Valley County Students Named to MSU-Northern’s Spring 2019 Semester Dean’s List

Friday, June 14th 2019

Valley County Students Named to MSU-Northern’s Spring 2019 Semester Dean’s List

The Montana State University-Northern’s Spring semester Dean’s List contains 351 students. To be included in the Dean’s List, students must carry a minimum of 12 credits and earn a grade point average of 3.25 or better. Students that received an incomplete or “F” during this semester are not included on the honor roll listing.

Glasgow MT
Sara N. Jimison
Randi J. Klind
Luke G. Zeiger

Nashua MT
Sandy M. Viste


Former Fort Peck Tribal Police Officer confesses to stealing $40,000 from youth diversion program

Wednesday, June 12th 2019

BILLNGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana tribal police officer has confessed to stealing $40,000 from a youth diversion program.

The Billings Gazette reported Tuesday that 44-year-old Willard Wilson White III pleaded guilty Monday to wire fraud and income tax evasion.

A plea deal reached with prosecutors requires White to pay the full amount in restitution to the Fort Peck Tribes in northeast Montana.

Authorities say White approached the Fort Peck Law and Justice Committee in July 2015 with a proposal for a program to help Assiniboine and Sioux tribal youth avoid incarceration.

Authorities say that within a month White spent all of the program's funds on himself without providing any services.

Court documents say White will also be required to pay the Internal Revenue Service $18,050 in taxes on the unreported $40,000.


State officials suggest steps to prevent West Nile Virus

Wednesday, June 12th 2019

State and local public health officials are reminding Montanans to take steps to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infection with West Nile Virus (WNV). In Montana, WNV season usually begins in July and ends in October, as this is when the mosquitoes that transmit WNV emerge.

The best way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, is to protect yourself from mosquito bites. While mosquitoes found in Montana are unable to transmit diseases like Zika virus, they do spread WNV. The virus can also infect horses and birds, with birds serving as the source of infection for most mosquitoes who then pass the virus along to humans by biting them.

“As we approach WNV season, we encourage everyone to take the proper precautions to prevent mosquito bites when outdoors,” DPHHS epidemiologist Erika Baldry said.

Since WNV surveillance began in 2002, the 2018 season was the third highest in terms of the number of WNV cases reported in Montana. Forty-seven people were diagnosed and reported, including one death, which was the 14th WNV-related death in Montana since 2002. Humans are not the only ones that can be infected with WNV and 50 Montana horses were also diagnosed in 2018.

The average number of human cases reported in the three years prior (2015-2017) was 8, while the average number of equine cases reported in the three years prior (2015-2017) was 6 cases. A vaccine for horses is available and highly recommended but no vaccine is available for human use.
When infected with WNV, about 4 out of 5 people will not have symptoms and will develop immunity after clearing the infection. Among the 1 in 5 individuals who develop illness, they will generally experience mild symptoms that may include: headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or a rash.

Serious symptoms can develop in rare cases with fewer than 1 in 100 of those infected developing infections in or around the brain, also known as neuroinvasive disease. Of the 47 cases of WNV reported in 2018; 22 were mild cases, while 25 were neuroinvasive cases. Out of the total 47 cases reported, 51% (24) occurred in individuals over the age of 60 years. Severe illness can occur in people of any age; however, people over 60 years of age are at greater risk.
People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and people who have received organ transplants, are also at greater risk. Currently, no vaccine or specific treatment exists for a person at risk or ill with WNV. Anyone who develops any of the serious symptoms listed should see their healthcare provider for evaluation and care.
The 4 D’s of West Nile Virus prevention should be followed to reduce the chance of mosquito bites.
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


Jim and Mary Rector receive Yard of the Week recognition

Tuesday, June 11th 2019

Glasgow City Council Member Butch Heitman has awarded Jim and Mary Rector the Yard of the Week for June 10-17th! The Rector's live at 602 6th Avenue South in Glasgow.

Members of the Glasgow City will be recognizing a Yard of the Week every week this summer. Butch Heitman is a City Council member representing Ward #2 in Glasgow.

Jim and Mary Rector will be able to post the Yard of the Week sign all week long and also received $25 in Chamber Big Bucks from Butch Heitman.


Former Valley County Attorney makes key ruling as Judge in District Court case in Miles City

Tuesday, June 11th 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has dropped two counts in a complaint filed against an eastern Montana school district for failing to stop an athletic trainer from sexually abusing as many as 100 boys under the guise of improving their athletic performance.

The Billings Gazette reports District Judge Nickolas Murnion ruled Monday the Miles City school district couldn't be held vicariously liable for James "Doc" Jensen's actions. Murnion dismissed another complaint, saying Montana law in the late 1990s did not require the district to report alleged abuse by school employees to the state health department.

The district must still defend itself against allegations including negligent retention and supervision of Jensen and failure to protect students.

The statute of limitations has expired and Jensen does not face criminal charges for the alleged abuse. He has pleaded guilty to a federal enticement charge.


Wisconsin man dies on Fort Peck Lake

Monday, June 10th 2019

Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer told Kltz/Mix-93 that a 56-year old Wisconsin man passed away on June 4th of an suspected accidental drowning while fishing from the shore on Fort Peck Lake.

The incident occurred at the Pines Recreation Area on Fort Peck Lake where Emmett Apel owned a cabin.

Sheriff Boyer said an investigation is ongoing that includes an autopsy and officials are awaiting results of a toxicology report.

Emmett Apel was a resident of Wisconsin who owned property at the Pines Recreation Area on Fort Peck Lake.


GHS Trust Applications Due July 1

Monday, June 10th 2019

Attention: Glasgow High School graduates attending college or trade school: you may be eligible for financial aid from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust.

Log on to www.ghsedutrust.org NOW for the application and other relevant information, so that you can complete your application by the July 1, 2019, deadline.

REMINDER: If you completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), your GHS Educational Trust application must include a signed and dated copy of your acceptance letter indicating what aid you have accepted.


$9.5 million dollar highway project in Nashua close to completion

Monday, June 10th 2019

Nashua, Montana. (June 5, 2019) – The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is excited to unveil the Milk River North Project just in time for the summer travelers. The Milk River North project reconstructed a portion of MT 117 from the Milk River Bridge near Nashua to US Highway 2 on a new alignment just west of Nashua. The project includes a new railroad overpass and connection to US 2. The existing roadway through Nashua was repaved along with new sidewalk on the south side of Front Street between River Street and Davis Street. Both the new and existing roadways will receive a chip seal and new pavement markings.

The new overpass will open to the traveling public on June 13th. The community is invited to come together for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 13th at 10:00 a.m. on the south end of the new RR Bridge along MT 117. Refreshments will be provided on–site.

“It’s been an impactful project, and it’s been a long time coming. We’re happy to have traffic on the new structure before summer sets in,” said Shane Mintz, MDT’s Glendive District Administrator. “The ribbon-cutting is a chance for MDT to celebrate with the community.”

Missoula contractor, SK Construction, began work on the $ 9.5 million project in the fall of 2017 and the overpass will officially open to the traveling public following Thursday’s event.

The new overpass is a vast improvement and provides an alternate route to Hwy 2 and more importantly, a faster route to the to the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. It has been a welcome improvement for many people in the community including fire and emergency services.
Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony will be a time for the Nashua and surrounding communities to convene and celebrate the end of construction.


Longest Dam Race Is This Weekend

Monday, June 10th 2019

Press Release

Tired of the long spring and crappy weather? Think of getting into shape by taking a walk or run enjoying the sounds and smells of the great outdoors with family and friends. Think about a day at Kiwanis Park at Fort Peck Lake, MT. Think about signing up for the 25th Annual Longest Dam Race to be held June 15, 2019 at Fort Peck Dam, Fort Peck MT.

The race offers something for everyone. The race begins with the 10k run and will cross 1.8 miles of the Fort Peck Dam. The 5k run/walk begins at the top of Fort Peck Dam, which participants are bused to the start, and will go down a gravel road for approximately 1K and finish at Kiwanis Park. The ever so popular one mile walk/run will be will be on Yellowstone Road in front of Kiwanis Park, which is a flat course that is paved. This course is perfect for all ages and is very fun for the whole family.

New this year, we have added a non-competitive 1 mile walk/run. This race will be on the nature trail in Kiwanis Park, while the competitive 1 mile walk/run will be out on the highway in front of Kiwanis Park.

The bike route begins will also begin at the east end of the Fort Peck Dam. The novice bike is also across the dam and finishes at Kiwanis Park. The bike course has flaggers in the front and rear to ensure safety on the road. This year we have once again hired Competitive Timing out of Whitefish, MT to time each event, with the exception of the non-competitive 1 mile wallk/run. Each race participant will have a timing tag to ensure more timely and accurate results. All races are assisted by FMDH EMT’s, local law enforcement, and dozens of volunteers.

Registration is $25.00 for each participant and $5.00 for each additional event. Participants 10 years old and younger the fee is $10.00. Runners can sign up online at runsignup.com. The first 75 entries will receive a discounted ticket for the weekend performance of Lend me a Tenor.

The Longest Dam Race is sponsored by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture. For more information, call 406-228-2222 or www.glasgowchamber.net.


Public Comment Sought On Community Pond Proposal In Culbertson

Monday, June 10th 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on a proposal to construct a Community Pond on the outskirts of Culbertson. Fish, Wildlife and Parks (Community Pond Program), the Culbertson Lions Club and the City of Culbertson propose to construct a pond by excavating a pit and earthen berms. This proposal also includes road and parking lot construction.

The goal of the project is to provide a safe, convenient public fishing pond close to the City of Culbertson. The pond is designed to be 1.5 surface acres and construction will be done by the US National Guard.

The FWP Community Pond Program funding is derived from the sale of fishing licenses, and authority for the CPP is provided by the Montana State Legislature.

The Environmental Assessment summarizes the proposed action and analyzes the potential risks and is open for public comment through July 5th, 2019. The EA is available at the Glasgow FWP office or available at the direct link here.

Interested parties can comment directly on the FWP webpage, mail comments to Dave Fuller, MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 1 Airport Rd, Glasgow, MT 59230, email fullerdave@mt.gov , or call (406) 228-3700. Thank you for your interest in this project.


FWP To Host Third Annual Northeast Montana Fishing Tour

Monday, June 10th 2019

Photo Tagline: On the 2018 fishing tour at Bailey Reservoir Fishing Access Site- Photo courtesy of FWP

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is organizing a Northeast Montana Fishing Tour for the public in the eastern half of Region 6. Participants both young and old are welcome to come out and enjoy a few hours of fishing and learning. The tour will be held from June 25-28, and a full list of the dates, times, locations and directions can be found below.

The fishing events are free of charge, and all equipment will be provided by FWP including fishing rods, bait, and tackle, but participants can bring their own equipment as well. Anglers will register at the site, and no fishing licenses will be necessary during the day of the event. Anglers can fish the whole time, or just show up for a part of the event.

This is the third year that FWP Region 6 has done a fishing tour. In 2017, fishing events were put on in eight locations in the eastern half of Region 6 and were well attended. In 2018, seven events took place in the western half of the Region, from Malta to Havre, but were poorly attended.

“We had a lot of fun taking people of all ages out fishing the first year,” said Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Manager, “but last year, in the western half of the region, attendance was quite poor; likely for a variety of reasons. We hope that the word gets out on this opportunity and that we get great attendance in the eastern half of the region again.”

The purpose of this tour is to both provide opportunity and learn something about the fisheries in Region 6. “If you have never been to these locations to fish before, or even if you have, this is a good opportunity to hear more about the fishery and have a fun day outside,” adds Kloker.

At each event, anglers will be provided information on fishing in Region 6, local fish species, regulations, and some give-a-ways. Participants will also be fishing for local species on the site, using a variety of methods and tactics, and can even learn how to fly cast/fish!

Anglers can attend the fishing events for as long as they would like and are welcome to go to more than one event in their area. The following list includes the date, time, locations and directions for the events. Flagging will be placed at most turns to help guide participants, and many places have permanent signs in place.

-Tues., June 25th 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Townsite: Fort Peck
Fishing area: Winter Harbor
Fish species: Largemouth bass, blue gill, yellow perch
Directions: Just outside of Fort Peck on Hwy. 117, turn onto “Winter Harbor Road.” Watch for flagging and signs.

-Wed., June 26th 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Townsite: Wolf Point
Fishing area: Lewis and Clark Fishing Access Site
Fish species: Sturgeon, catfish, sauger, and more!
Directions: Head south of Wolf Point on Highway 13. The fishing access site is just before the bridge over the Missouri. Watch for flagging and signs.

-Wed., June 26th 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Townsite: Fairview
Fishing area: Snowden Bridge Fishing Access Site
Fish species: Sturgeon, catfish, sauger, and more!
Directions: From Hwy-201, turn north on County Rd. 351. From Hwy-58 in North Dakota, turn west on Country Rd. 147. Watch for flagging and signs.

-Thurs., June 27th 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Townsite: Bainville
Fishing area: American Legion Ponds
Fish species: Northern pike, yellow perch
Directions: One-mile northwest of Bainville on Highway 2, south side of road. Watch for flagging and signs.

-Thurs., June 27th 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Townsite: Plentywood
Fishing area: Box Elder Reservoir
Fish species: Yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, black bullhead
Directions: In Plentywood, turn north on Monroe St., following that to Box Elder St. Continue to the parking area at the east end of the dam. Watch for flagging and signs.

-Fri., June 28th 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Townsite: Whitetail/Flaxville
Fishing area: Whitetail Res. Fishing Access Site
Fish species: Yellow perch, northern pike
Directions: About six miles north of Flaxville, ¼ mile south of the town of Whitetail on Hwy-511. Turn east. Watch for flagging and signs.

-Fri., June 28th 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Townsite: Madoc/Scobey
Fishing area: Buer Pond
Directions: Seven miles east of Scobey on Hwy-5, turn north on N. Madoc Rd, in about 2.5 miles turn left (west) at the end of a bunch of pine trees. Follow road for approximately 1.5 miles, then turn north after a farmstead. Follow two-track along ridge for approximately another mile. Watch for flagging and signs.

Participants should be prepared for inclement weather, insects, snakes, and warm conditions. The events will also be weather-dependent; if conditions are not favorable to travel on roads or the weather becomes dangerous, the events will be cancelled and not rescheduled. Drinking water will be provided. If there are any questions, or if you would like to volunteer to help at the event, please contact Region 6 Information and Education Manager Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704 (office), 406-480-9234 (cell), or email mkloker@mt.gov .


Court lifts block on Keystone XL pipeline construction

Monday, June 10th 2019

HELENA — An appeals court has lifted a judge's injunction that blocked construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S., but the developer has said it's too late to begin work this year and environmental groups vowed to keep fighting it.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered dismissal of the lawsuit by environmental and Native American groups, saying President Donald Trump had revoked a 2017 permit allowing the $8 billion pipeline to be built.

Trump later issued a new permit, and the appellate judges agreed with Justice Department attorneys who say that nullifies the legal challenge involving environmental impacts.

The pipeline would ship up to 830,000 barrels (35 million gallons) of crude oil daily from the tar sands of Alberta through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, where it would tie in to existing pipelines to carry the crude to U.S. refineries.

The ruling Thursday was a victory for TC Energy, a Calgary, Alberta-based company that wants to build the line, though company officials have said it already missed the 2019 construction season because of court delays.

"We are pleased with the ruling," TC Energy spokesman Matthew John said. "We look forward to advancing the project."

John did not respond to questions on whether the ruling would change the construction schedule.


Attorneys for the plaintiffs accuse Trump of trying to get around court rulings by issuing the new permit, which they say also is flawed. They have filed another, ongoing lawsuit to block the new presidential permit.

Attorney Stephan Volker, who represents the Indigenous Environmental Network and North Coast Rivers Alliance, said he would request another judge's order to block the project if he thought there was a chance of construction beginning immediately.


Representatives of a half-dozen other environmental groups vowed to keep fighting in court and predicted the pipeline will never be built.

"We shouldn't forget the underlying issue here — global warning," Volker said. "We're trying to save the Earth. I wish the federal government would pay attention to the science and do its job."

Last fall, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana ruled that the Trump administration did not fully consider potential oil spills and other environmental effects when it issued the 2017 permit. He blocked construction by issuing a permanent injunction against the project.

White House officials contend a presidential permit can't be reviewed by a court. After Trump revoked that permit and issued and signed the new one, Justice Department attorneys argued that claims in that lawsuit — and Morris' injunction — no longer applied.

The environmental groups argued that the government can't unilaterally sweep aside years of litigation against the long-stalled pipeline.

The Justice Department has not yet responded to the second lawsuit.


Fort Peck Tribal Councilman named to Attorney General Task Force

Thursday, June 6th 2019

HELENA – Following the recent passage of legislation to create a state missing indigenous persons task force, Attorney General Tim Fox today announced its members.

Senate Bill 312, or the Looping in Native Communities (LINC) Act, created a missing indigenous persons task force that includes a representative from each tribal government on Montana’s seven reservations and the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe. By statute, members must also include a representative from the Attorney General’s Office; an employee of the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ) who has expertise in missing persons; and a member of the Montana Highway Patrol.

“There has been a growing concern across the nation, including here in Montana, about the number of missing and murdered indigenous persons, particularly women and girls,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “We can and must do more to work together to bring home missing persons from Indian Country. I’m confident the members of the Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force will make positive strides in determining the scope of this issue as well as bring forward good recommendations to increase cooperation among public safety agencies and tribal governments,” Fox added.

The task force members are:
• Councilman Mark Pollock (Blackfeet Tribe)
• Councilman Mike Corcoran (Chippewa Cree Tribe)
• ¬¬¬¬Ellie Bundy (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes)
• Valerie Falls Down (Crow Tribe)
• Councilwoman Brandi King (Fort Belknap Indian Community)
• Councilman Jestin Dupree (Fort Peck Tribes)
• Councilwoman Iris KillEagle (Little Shell Chippewa Tribe)
• Brandi Beckman (Northern Cheyenne Tribe)
• Deputy Attorney General Melissa Schlichting (Attorney General’s Office)
• Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse Manager Jennifer Viets (Montana DOJ)
• Sgt. Derek Werner (Montana Highway Patrol)
The primary duties of the task force include the administration of the LINC Act grant program; identification of jurisdictional barriers among federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community agencies; and the identification of ways to improve interagency collaboration to remove jurisdictional barriers and increase reporting and investigation of missing indigenous persons.

The task force will hold its first meeting the afternoon of June 11 in Helena. The next day, the Montana DOJ and Montana’s U.S. Attorney’s Office will jointly hold a missing persons training at the same Helena location for law enforcement and the public. Topics include how to report a missing person, the nexus between missing persons and human trafficking, and the use of missing persons alerts and advisories. The training is free; online registration is available at www.dojmt.gov/mpt. Law enforcement officers will receive POST credits for attending. For more information, email dojmmiw@mt.gov or call DOJ’s Office of Victim Services at 1-800-498-6455 or (406) 444-3653.


Nuisance Weeds Becoming A Problem

Wednesday, June 5th 2019

The Glasgow Police Department is reminding property owners in the city that there is a nuisance weed ordinance.

If nuisance weeds are not cut and removed within a 7 day period, property owners will receive a notice that the city may cut and remove them. If they are not removed, the city may do so. The cost will then be charged to the property owner. The charges will include the cost of cutting and removal, administrative fee, and a $25 penalty for a first violation, $50 for a second violation and $75 for a third.

Nuisance weeds are defined as all weeds, grass and uncared for vegetation growing to a height in excess of 8 inches on premises within the city.

If you have any questions, please call the Glasgow Police Department at 406-228-8050.


Koski's receive first Yard of the Week recognition for summer of 2019

Tuesday, June 4th 2019

Members of the Glasgow City Council are individually sponsoring a Yard of the Week for the summer of 2019. Each member of the City Council will pick a Yard of the Week in their area every week of the summer. Each recipient will receive $25 in Chamber Big Bucks (Donated by the Council Member) plus a sign placed in their yard for the week. Ward #1 Council Member Stan Ozark chose Paul and Lisa Koski's yard at 730 Hillside Drive in Glasgow as the Yard of the Week for the week of June 3rd-10th.


GHS graduate Ben Miller receives prestigious scholarship from Montana State University

Tuesday, June 4th 2019

BOZEMAN – Twenty-three high school graduates from across the nation, including 14 from Montana, are recipients of the 2019 Montana State University presidential scholarship, MSU’s most prestigious scholarship.
“MSU continues to attract top academically ranked high school scholars, and this year is no exception,” said Ilse-Mari Lee, dean of MSU’s Honors College. “We look forward to welcoming an inspirational cohort of incoming presidential scholars this fall.”
The MSU presidential scholarship awards are based on scholastic achievement, demonstrated leadership and exemplary public service. Recipients receive an annual stipend plus a tuition waiver. The scholarship is for four years if the students maintain a superior academic standing at MSU.
“These students have demonstrated their desire to lead and serve while excelling academically” Lee said. “We are delighted that they chose to attend Montana State University.”
Lee said that the scholars were selected from a pool of nearly 900 applicants.
“Many of these scholars have gained admittance and scholarships to other prestigious institutions and have chosen to attend MSU because of the opportunities available to our students,” she said.
“To attract the quality of presidential scholar recipients that we have says a lot about our dedicated and inspirational faculty and the opportunities we offer our undergraduates,” said Ronda Russell, MSU’s admissions director. “The fact that so many choose Montana State is indicative of the quality of our academic programs.”
The 2019 MSU presidential scholarship recipients are:
Montana

Anaconda:
Seamus Hoolahan is the valedictorian of Anaconda High School and intends to major in chemical engineering. While in high school, Hoolahan was active in numerous clubs and organizations, holding key positions in Anaconda Community Intervention, Key Club, student council and Upward Bound. He participated in jazz band, concert/pep band, drumline and choir. He is the son of Shaun and Patrice Hoolahan from Opportunity.

Billings:
Abbigail Sparks graduated as a member of the Billings West High School Platinum Program and intends to major in biology. An AP Scholar, Sparks is also a recipient of the Montana University System Honor Scholarship. She participated in Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society and National Business Honors Society. She founded her school's Happiness Committee, a group devoted to making the school a more positive and encouraging place for all students. Sparks has participated in community theater and teaches theater camps during the summer. She is the daughter of Michelle and Sam Sparks of Billings.

Bozeman:
Annika Danenhauer is the co-valedictorian of Bozeman High School and intends to major in film and environmental studies. An AP Scholar, Danenhauer is a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship, the Bozeman Schools Foundation Worthy Student scholarship, the Montana Elks Most Valuable Student scholarship and the Montana State Golf Association scholarship. She participated in the National Honor Society, volunteered as a math tutor for middle school students and served as an officer in Human Rights Club. She was the captain of the varsity golf and hockey teams and plans to continue her golf career with the Bobcats. She is the daughter of Craig and Nicole Danenhauer of Bozeman.

Butte:
Cassidy Duddy is co-valedictorian of Butte High School and intends to major in biomedical engineering. An AP Scholar, Duddy is a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship. She participated in choir and was a National Merit Scholarship finalist. She is the daughter of James and Kimberly Duddy of Butte.

Fairfield:
Emily Evans graduated as co-valedictorian from Fairfield High School and intends to major in pre-veterinary medicine with a minor in genetics. While in high school, Evans served as president of the Fairfield FFA chapter, National Honor Society and the recycling club. She served as an officer in several other school organizations and was a math tutor. She was named student of the quarter during her senior year and was selected as the 2019-2020 Montana FFA state secretary. She will spend her freshman year at MSU serving in that capacity. Evans is also a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship. She is the daughter of Brenda and Rodney Evans of Fort Shaw.

Caroline Roeder is the co-valedictorian of Choteau High School and intends to double major in agriculture business and economics. Active in Future Farmers of America during high school, she will serve as the Montana FFA president for the coming year. Her parents are Brent and Tracie Roeder of Fairfield.

Glasgow:
Benjamin Miller graduated with high honors from Glasgow High School and intends to major in computer science. He is a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship and participated in National Honor Society, student council, the Valley County Fair board and history club. Miller was an athlete in basketball, track and field, and swimming and was academic all-state every year he was involved. He is also a songwriter and plays professionally as a bassist and guitarist. He is the son of Lynn and Matthew Miller of Glasgow.

Great Falls:
Harley Clifton is the co-valedictorian of Charles M. Russell High School in Great Falls and intends to major in chemical engineering. An AP Scholar, Clifton is a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship and participated in soccer and powderpuff football. Her awards include outstanding junior in science, social studies, outstanding senior in English and outstanding senior honors mathematics student. She lettered in both art and academics. An award-winning artist, Clifton’s works have been selected for exhibition in juried art shows and she designed the official website for her high school art department. Her art was selected for display in the Montana State Capitol building her senior year of high school. Clifton is the daughter of Martin and Diane Clifton.

Helena:
Norris Blossom is co-valedictorian of Capital High School. An AP Scholar, Blossom is a recipient of the MUS Scholarship and plans to double major in industrial engineering and economics. He was Capital’s student body president for two years in addition to being captain of the varsity soccer, speech and debate, and tennis teams. He also was president of National Honor Society and co-founded Bruins Help Bruins, a school club that provides support to students in need. Blossom was elected governor of 2018 American Legion Montana Boys State and was selected as one of two scholars representing Montana at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. Norris earned an all-state award in original oratory speech in 2019. He has earned state championships in the Federal Reserve Economics Challenge and the American Legion Oratorical Competition. He is the son of Loren and Susan Blossom of Helena.

Lauren Helbling is the co-valedictorian of Capital High School and intends to major in computer science. An AP Scholar, Helbling is a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship. She participated in science club, math club, Niceness is Priceless Club, National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was the captain of the varsity track and field team. Helbling also played soccer for 13 years and was selected as Academic All-State. Helbling is a Western Aerospace Scholar, completing a rigorous space and aerospace course through the Museum of Flight and the University of Washington to qualify for the summer residency. Helbling spends her summers volunteering at Young Life summer camps for middle and high school students. She is the daughter of Joe and Erin Helbling of Helena.

Melstone:
Megan Brewer graduated as valedictorian of Melstone High School and intends to major in cell biology and neuroscience. Brewer is a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship and was a member of National Honor Society, FFA, 4-H, Business Professionals of America, student council, band and choir. While earning Academic All-State honors, she also was a three-sport varsity athlete all four years, participating in basketball and track and field, and serving as the varsity volleyball captain. Brewer is the reigning Miss Montana Teen USA. She is the daughter of Clyde and Cindy Brewer of Melstone.

Missoula:
Julia Roemer graduated from Missoula Hellgate High School and intends to major in cell biology and neuroscience with a global health minor. She participated in varsity cross country and track. Roemer was elected as the secretary and vice president of Key Club, the vice president of National Honor Society and served as a member of SAVE, Hellgate’s environmental club. She is a first generation college student, National Merit finalist and recipient of a MUS Honor Scholarship. Roemer was selected as one of two students to represent Montana as a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar and will be honored by the White House in Washington, D.C., in June. She is the daughter of Christopher Roemer and Mikiko Nikadori of Missoula.

Calvin Servheen is a co-valedictorian and finance academy graduate at Hellgate High School. He is a recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship and intends to pursue a directed interdisciplinary studies degree focusing on entrepreneurship and ecology to further his vision of using business as a tool for social change. Servheen served as an executive of the National Honor Society, student government and the Arabic Honor Society and has helped lead numerous outdoor leadership and first aid courses. He also chaired a student issues and activism committee that he helped create, worked for a local capital management firm and held the William T. Hornaday Award for service to conservation. An Eagle Scout, Servheen enjoys hiking and fishing in the backcountry. His parents are Chris Servheen and Kristy Pelletier.

Polson:
Makauly Morrison is the valedictorian of Polson High School and plans to major in physics. He is an AP Scholar, an active member of National Honor Society and a LINK leader. He participated in varsity cross-country and tennis in high school and was an extemporaneous speaker for his high school's speech and debate team. Morrison is the recipient of the MUS Honor Scholarship and performed in two Shakespeare plays during high school, “Much Ado About Nothing” and “A Midsummer's Night Dream.” He also played the saxophone in his high school's symphonic and jazz bands. He is the son of Tami and Kelly Morrison.

Out-of-State
Alaska
Palmer:
Anna Parreira graduated as valedictorian from Colony High School. She intends to major in sustainable food and bioenergy with a focus on crop production. She served as president of the National Honor Society as well as student body secretary. She was the president of her class for two years after serving as secretary and has worked alongside the school district counseling team as president of the suicide prevention program. She has also been involved in numerous community events, including Special Santa, Project Sandwich and the Thanksgiving Blessing.

Colorado
Hayden:
Cassidy Crawford graduated as the valedictorian of Hayden High School and intends to major in food and nutrition. Crawford also graduated summa cum laude from Colorado Northwestern Community College. She participated in Future Business Leaders of America, student council, theatre, National Honors Society, 4-H and was the starting libero for the varsity volleyball team. She has worked at a year-round after school youth program all four years of high school. She is the daughter of Hollie Sutton of Hayden.

Highlands Ranch:
Carson Archuleta is a 4.0 graduate of Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch and intends to major in chemical engineering. An AP Scholar, he participated in Technology Student Association and was the captain of the varsity mountain biking team. Archuleta is the son of Catherine and Karl Archuleta of Highlands Ranch.

Idaho
Hayden:
Alexi Panos began his high school career at Coeur d’Alene High School in Idaho but transferred following his freshman year to the Winter Sports School in Park City, Utah, to better pursue his academics and his passion for ski racing. He intends to major in the biological sciences and pre-medicine while at MSU. At the Winter Sports School he graduated first in his class and received the school’s Kay Wright Memorial Award for being the outstanding student his senior year. He was president of the National Honor Society and vice president of the student body and also worked as a yearbook editor. Panos competed for the Schweitzer Alpine Racing School in Sandpoint, Idaho, and represented the Pacific Northwest Ski Association in the Western Region Junior Championships in all of his U16 and International Ski Federation years. Off the hill, he was chosen as the athlete representative to the PNSA board of directors. Following a season-ending injury in his final year of racing, Panos worked to earn his coaching license and referee certification. Panos was recognized as the 2018 top sales Associate for the Coeur d’Alene Best Buy store, where he works in the summers. He is the son of Wendy and Craig Panos from Hayden.

Minnesota
White Bear Lake:
Olivia Sky Schwintek graduated summa cum laude from White Bear Lake Area High School and intends to major in biology and sustainable food systems. An AP Scholar with Distinction, she was a co-leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was vice president of the National Honor Society. Schwintek was the captain of the varsity cross country, Nordic ski and track teams, achieving All-State and Academic All-State honors in the three sports. She was awarded the 2019 St. Paul Athena Award. She enjoys volunteering with a kids ski club at her local nature center, Special Olympics and youth ministries at Eagle Brook Church. She is the daughter of Ronald and Brenda Schwintek of White Bear Lake.

Washington
Carnation:
Chloe Moreland is the valedictorian of Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie and intends to major in cell biology and neuroscience. She participated in the Running Start Program and will be graduating from Bellevue College with an associate degree in arts and sciences with an academic concentration in psychology. She is graduating with distinction from the National Honor Society. She was also involved in Sports Medicine Club, Green Team and Key Club while in high school. She is the daughter of Matt and Carlen Moreland of Carnation.

Spokane:
Fraser Robertson graduated with a 4.0 GPA from University High School in Spokane and intends to major in computer engineering. An AP Scholar and Eagle Scout, Robertson participated in Knowledge Bowl, senior class Associated Student Body, Boy Scouts, honor society and club soccer and was the captain of the varsity soccer team. Fraser is the son of Paul and Lisa Robertson, from Linlithgow, Scotland.

Winthrop:
Nicholas Fitzmaurice is the co-valedictorian of Liberty Bell high school and intends to major in engineering with a minor in computer science. An AP Scholar, Fitzmaurice was student body president, a member of the National Honor Society and has played the baritone saxophone in his high school’s jazz band since the seventh grade. He competed on varsity teams in tennis, Knowledge Bowl, soccer, cross country, and track and won the Knowledge Bowl state championship with his team this spring. He also played competitive ice hockey goalie through his sophomore year and has participated in summer swim league since the first grade. Fitzmaurice has trained to become a member of the National Ski Patrol, was goalie coach for his local youth hockey program and helped coach the swim team. He is the son of Peter Fitzmaurice and Shannon Skibeness, from Mazama.

Wyoming
Casper:
Isabella Schultz graduated from Natrona County High School and intends to major in architecture and minor in Spanish and engineering. She is an International Baccalaureate scholar and a recipient of the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence. While in high school, she participated in varsity athletics, was a member of the Orange and Black chapter of the National Honor Society and was recognized at the state level for her art and writing. She is the daughter of Jacquelyn Bilek of Casper.


Catfish Crawl & Cornhole Tournament Results

Tuesday, June 4th 2019

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and sponsors hosted the Milk River Catfish Days Catfish Crawl and The Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, June 1, 2019. We had 41 entries for the Catfish Crawl and 16 teams for the Cornhole Tournament. We would like to say thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, and participates during the weekend. Top results are listed below:

5K Run/Walk (30 Entries)
Jesse Franzen – 23.21 (1st Overall) – Male
Andy Fahlgren – 24.57 (2nd) – Male
Ali Flaten – 27.29 (1st Overall) – Female
Kerry Hoffman – 29.01 (2nd) – Female
Mary Kate Tihista – 29.02
Darla Hoffman – 29.63
Connie Overby – 41.22
Ashley Markle – 47.50
Aurora Markle – 47.50
Dayton Markle – 47.50
David Nixdorf – 48.16
Bridgett Nixdorf – 48.16
Peyton Pederson – 48.21
Michel Tessmer – 48.21
Walt Adams – 50.31
Alicia Doke – 50.32
Karla Johnson – 57.07
Madyln House – 57.09
Marisa Brockmier – 58.05
Nixie Gagne – 58.06
Paris French – 58.07
Mary Morehouse – 58.37
Judy Waters – 58.38
Cindy Taylor – 59.25
Dana Meiers – 59.26

1 Mile Run/Walk (11 Entries)
Jacob Bishop – 14.20 (1st Overall) - Male
Laura Vigil – 18.20 (1st Overall) - Female
Callen Gutow – 22.34 (2nd) - Male
Emmerson Gutow – 22.35 (2nd) - Female
Julie Gutow – 24.6
Chasity Krauth -24.6
Bristol Krauth – 24.62
Lance Monson – 25.39

Cornhole Tournament (16 Entries)
Will Larsen & Kolt Reddies (1st Place-$250)
Adam Johnson & Mason Grau (2ndPlace-$150)
Arlie McMichael & Larry Ross Simpson (3rd Place-$100

REMINDER:
We do have prizes for The Catfish Crawl at our Office located at 54147 US Hwy 2, Ste. 2 for Andy Fahlgren, Kerry Hoffman, Emmerson Gutow, and Jacob Bishop.


Free Event Invites Public To Learn About And Monitor Chimney Swifts

Tuesday, June 4th 2019

Come join us for “A Swift Night” – chimney swifts, that is – on Thursday, June 6 at the FWP Region 6 headquarters in Glasgow.

During this event, hosted by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Montana Audubon, participants will learn about chimney swifts and how they can help to monitor local populations.

Chimney swifts are fascinating birds that can be found in your backyard or, more accurately, a nearby chimney! However, little is known about their distribution in the state. We are looking for eager volunteers that want to learn about chimney swifts and help locate them.

There will be a presentation from 7:30-8:15 p.m. or so in the Quonset meeting room at the R6 FWP headquarters building, followed by an evening challenge to locate and identify local swifts by sight and sound. The event will be led by Amy Seaman of Montana Audubon and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 biologist Heather Harris.

Please RSVP to Amy Seaman at aseaman@mtaudubon.org or Heather Harris at heharris@mt.gov . All ages are welcome, but youth under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Ice cream and water will be provided.


May Weather Summary Available

Tuesday, June 4th 2019

The May weather summary is now available from the National Weather Service in Glasgow:

full summary


Valley County Commissioners approve 2.4% salary increase for elected officials and county employees

Monday, June 3rd 2019

The Valley County Commissioners have approved a 2.4% increase in salary for all county elected officials and all other county employees.

The salaries for elected officials in Valley County:

Valley County Commissioner: $49,899.61
Valley County Justice of the Peace: $30,339
Valley County Clerk and Recorder: $57,083
Valley County Treasurer: $49,899.61
Valley County Clerk of District Court: $49.899.61
Valley County Attorney: $119,998.70
Valley County Sheriff/Coroner: $58,146


VCCF passes the $224,000 mark with this year’s grants

Monday, June 3rd 2019

The dollar figures $224,412 and $33,389 don’t have much in common but to the Valley County Community Foundation, they are very significant. The $33,389 granted this year is the largest annual amount given since the first grants in 2000. That figure brought the total amount of grants given to $224,412.
“These grants mean a lot to efforts in Valley County,” said Doris Leader who chairs the board of directors. “Many projects are completed, enhanced, or totally funded with VCCF dollars.”
VCCF awards grants to projects or programs that are for charitable purposes and serve the people of Valley County. This year’s six grants are typical of the 141 grants given over the years. They are:
$10,000 to the City of Glasgow to pay for a site survey and the base map for the new swimming pool;
$5,400 to the Opheim School to renovate two existing classrooms into one physical fitness training room;
$1,182 to the Opheim School to purchase two amplifiers, two microphones, and two instrument cables for the sound system at the music department;
$2,500 to the Glasgow High School Cross Country Team to buy an electronic timing system used at meets;
$3,000 to Two Rivers Economic Growth to purchase and place directional signs to the Smith Bike Park just off Highway 2 East in Glasgow;
$11,307 to Glasgow Reds Baseball to replace the breaker boxes on the lights in Legion Field.
The impact of each grant is unique and frequently, benefits move far beyond the group presenting the application, Leader emphasized. For example, requests from the two high schools provide uses for the communities at large. The improved sound system in Opheim will be used for community-wide events such as performances, graduation, and the Veterans’ Day program. Also at the Opheim School, the fitness training room is open to all community members who request access and receive safety training. The GHS Cross Country team plans to rent the timing system, with an operator, to other race events held in the area. This will amount to a substantial savings for local event sponsors, whose costs to rent similar systems are as high as $2,000.
With a 501 (c) (3) tax status VCCF, is a non-profit organization and awards grants to organizations of the same tax status, along with educational institutions and government entities. Applications for annual grant awards are due in March.
Information on VCCF grants and scholarships is available on its website,
www.valleycountycf.net.


Beck Foundation Scholarships now available

Monday, June 3rd 2019

Applications are now available for the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust Scholarship. These scholarships are for Valley County graduates who are past their first year of education with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 and considered full-time status in a college, university of vocational-technical institute.

Applications can be picked up from Ruth Ann Hutcheson, 12 1st Avenue North, and from Edward Jones, 317 Klein Avenue. An electronic application is available by emailing hannah.barras@edwardjones.com. Applications must be mailed and postmarked no later than July 1, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship.

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

Alyce was active in 4-H and Homemakers Club, as well as entering plants, sewing projects and homemade baked goods in the Northeast Montana Fair, all most every year. Shortly before Alyce passed away, she generously decided to set up the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust for the benefit of people in Valley County,


Governor Bullock Appointments

Friday, May 31st 2019

Governor Steve Bullock today announced the following appointments.

Board of Aeronautics

John Maxness, Helena. Qualification: Active fixed base operator or official of a fixed base operator of flying services or flying schools. Maxness is the Co-Owner of Exec Air Montana, Inc.

Coal Board

Sean Smith, Anaconda. Qualification: District 1. Smith is a plumber for Northwestern Energy.

Board of County Printing

Commissioner Carol Brooker, Thompson Falls. Qualification: County Commissioner. Brooker is a Sanders County Commissioner.

David McCumber, Butte. Qualification: Member of the printing industry. McCumber is the Editor of the Montana Standard.

Commissioner Laura Obert, Townsend. Qualification: County Commissioner. Obert is a Broadwater County Commissioner.

Roger Wagner, Nashua. Qualification: Member of the general public. Wagner is a family farmer in Valley County.

Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force

Dr. Susan Wolff, Great Falls. Qualification: Higher Education. Wolff is the Dean of Great Falls College MSU.

Board of Medical Examiners

Dr. Gina Painter, Great Falls. Qualification: Podiatrist. Painter is a Physician with Benefis Physicians Group.

Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board

Gretchen Rupp, Bozeman. Qualification: General public. Rupp is an Instructor at the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University.

Board of Private Security

Darren Bayliss, Billings. Qualification: Contract Security Company or Propriety Security Organization. Bayliss is the Security Site Manager for Bedrock Protections Agency.


Annual Catfish Classic Tournament Is Saturday

Thursday, May 30th 2019

The 20th Annual Catfish Classic Tournament is taking place up & down the Milk River Sat. June 1st.

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce has added an entire weekend of events to the tournament this year with their 1st ever “Milk River Catfish Days.” Check out the Chamber’s website, www.GlasgowChamber.net for a full schedule of events.

It’ll include cornhole & beer pong tournaments, a catfish feed, Catfish Crazy Days at participating retail locations, a youth fishing tournament, outdoor kids’ carnival at the Children’s Museum, & 2 nights of live music.

KLTZ/Mix-93 will be airing updates from the events including Todd Young’s coverage of the infamous midnight weigh-ins on Saturday night.


Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative Meetings Set

Thursday, May 30th 2019

The next phase of the Eastern Montana Tourism Partner Initiative will review the findings from the listening session we hosted in your area. In addition, we will present the initial marketing investment and campaign roll-out driven by the results of stakeholder feedback.

This meeting will also seek input on long-term, community-centered, sustainable programs that could include tourism infrastructure, product development and promotion. The goal is to build upon strengths and address areas for improvement identified in the stakeholder meetings, in other words, a deeper dive to identify priorities.

As described in the outset, the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development has invested in tools to measure the success of this program, there will be opportunities to learn more on how to access the research and data with the tools implemented.

June 4 – Lewistown 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Zone: Blaine, Fergus, Garfield, McCone, Petroleum and Phillips counties and Fort Belknap Reservation

June 5 – Fort Peck 10 a.m.-noon
Zone: Daniels, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Valley counties and Fort Peck Reservation

June 6 – Baker 10 a.m.-noon
Zone: Bighorn, Carter, Fallon, Powder River counties and Crow Reservation

June 6 – Miles City 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Zone: Custer, Dawson, Musselshell, Prairie, Rosebud, Treasure and Wibaux counties and Northern Cheyenne Reservation

June 7 – Billings 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Zone: Yellowstone county


Valley County Storefront Beautification Grant

Thursday, May 30th 2019

Two Rivers Economic Growth is accepting applications for Valley County Storefront Beautification Grant!

Two Rivers Economic Growth announces the launch of the “Storefront Beautification Grant Program!” The purpose of this program is to improve the street-side appeal of Valley County businesses. This encourages visitors to stop and shop and entices the public to enter their storefront which encourages continued patronage, creating continued success for small business.

This is a 50/50 matching grant opportunity in which Two Rivers members may apply for up to $1,000 in Two Rivers Economic Growth matching funds for storefront improvements. This may include signage, windows, paint, lighting, awnings, sidewalk improvements, landscaping, or a variety of other upgrades.

Grant applications can be found on our website at GrowValleyCounty.com or picked up from the Two Rivers office located at 313 Klein Ave. in the Plains Plaza in Glasgow. The application deadline is June 14th, 2019. Submissions will be reviewed by a collaborative panel that includes representatives of Two Rivers Economic Growth, Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Business Improvement District, Glasgow Downtown Association & City of Glasgow. Awards will be announced by June 28th.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to create a visual impact and increased patronage in Valley County!
For more information call 406-263-GROW (4769), email trg2@nemont.net or visit the Two Rivers office.


Fort Peck Reservoir Walleye Spawning Effort Completed

Thursday, May 30th 2019

The annual walleye spawn on Fort Peck Reservoir was fast and furious this year, lasting only 16 days. Starting on April 11 and ending on April 26, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries and hatchery staff, along with the assistance of volunteers, found favorable weather and cooperative fish throughout the spawning period.

More than 2,000 walleye were captured in trap nets, with 611 females spawned yielding approximately 68 million eggs. Crews collected a wide range of walleye sizes, indicating good growth and survival over the last several years in multiple year classes. In addition, there was a large number of fish that measured from 23 to 26 inches in length, showing an especially strong year class present.

Overall, the weather was favorable to walleye spawning efforts this spring. “Although there were a couple small cold fronts that passed through and some windy conditions at times, water surface temperatures started off in the mid-40’s, which is near the ideal spawning temperature for walleye.” said Fort Peck Reservoir biologist Heath Headley. “Water temperatures then continued to gradually increase over the next 10 days, which further prompted walleye spawning activity.”

Unlike trap netting and egg collection efforts last year, which were quite poor, 2019 was considered more of an average year in terms of start time and number of eggs collected. “In 2018, we weren’t able to start until April 23 due to late ice cover on most of the reservoir,” said Headley. “This year was much more normal in terms of spawning time and conditions, which allowed us to reach our egg collection goals.”

Once collected, eggs were sent to the Miles City and Fort Peck fish hatcheries. “Egg quality and hatch success looks good so far,” said Wade Geraets, Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery manager, “but there a lot of variables that can affect the final number of walleyes that eventually get stocked.”

As of press time, over 20 million fry have been stocked into Fort Peck Reservoir and one million into Tongue River Reservoir. Over 11 million fry are at the Fort Peck and Miles City hatchery ponds, some of which will be raised into fingerlings to be stocked later.

“Now that both the Miles City and Fort Peck hatcheries have their ponds stocked,” noted Geraets, “we will have to wait another four to six weeks to see how many fingerlings we will be able to stock into reservoirs around the state of Montana.”


Volunteers are the key to a successful spawning operation. A dedicated 67 individual volunteers, from all over the state of Montana, assisted with this season’s egg collection. “We wouldn’t be able to set all the trap nets, collect fish, and spawn them on a daily basis unless we had help,” Headley explained.

“Volunteers are the main reason this has been so successful over the years,” added Geraets. “It’s always great to see new and familiar faces help us out with this effort.”


Governor Bullock announces Presidential Disaster Declaration approved for spring flooding in Valley County

Sunday, May 26th 2019

Governor Steve Bullock today announced that FEMA has granted the State of Montana its requested Presidential Disaster Declaration for spring flooding. The declaration will provide for flood recovery efforts in Daniels, Lake, McCone, Park, Powder River, Stillwater, Treasure and Valley Counties.

“Early spring flooding caused widespread damage to roads, culverts and private residences, particularly affecting rural communities across Montana,” said Governor Bullock. “I am thankful for FEMA’s diligence and for working with us to secure this funding. Montanans can rest assured that we continue to stand ready to assist in protecting lives and property, cleaning up from this spring flooding, and in mitigating future disasters.”

Governor Bullock and Montana Disaster and Emergency Services (MT DES) submitted the request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration on May 9 for an estimated $2.2 million in damages. Under a federal declaration, FEMA provides for 75% of the eligible disaster costs. The remaining non-federal share is covered between the state disaster fund and local contributions.

As a result of the approved disaster 4437, Montana will be eligible to apply for additional funding, 15% of the total disaster damages approved by FEMA at a rough estimate of $330,000. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is a grant opportunity that provides assistance for actions to reduce or eliminate risk to life and property from natural hazards. MT DES works alongside tribes, other state agencies, private non-profits and local jurisdictions, to apply for funds to mitigate against the damages of future disasters. These funds can be used for projects and plans that address a variety of hazards, not just flooding. As a nation, every dollar spent toward mitigation efforts has reduced the cost of subsequent disasters by six dollars. By putting these funds to work in our communities, MT DES aims to make a more disaster resilient Montana.

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Tourism Grants to Help 44 Communities Attract Visitors Through Events
$550,000 awarded to support events across Montana including $10,593 for Milk River Catfish Days

Sunday, May 26th 2019


HELENA, Mont. – A pilot cycle of the Tourism Grant Program at the Department of Commerce will award nearly $550,000 to help 44 communities across Montana boost attendance at events to grow visitor spending.

Grant recipients completed a competitive application cycle earlier this spring and will be reimbursed for event costs related to marketing, temporary infrastructure, facilities, hospitality and signage. The maximum award per event is $25,000.

“Local celebrations, festivals and events – big or small – are important for brining visitors into Montana communities,” said Commerce Director Tara Rice. “Events like these pull visitors from out of the area into our communities and Main Street businesses. Even a small investment can have a big impact.”

Full List of Grant Recipients:
• In Alberton, Railroad Day Festival is awarded $1,389
• In Anaconda, Smelterman’s Day Celebration is awarded $10,000
• In Bigfork, Dragon Boat Festival is awarded $18,700
• In Billings, MINT Film Festival is awarded $4,000
• In Billings, Montana Renaissance Festival is awarded $10,000
• In Billings, North by Northwest (NxNW) is awarded $1,250
• In Bozeman, Cycle Greater Yellowstone is awarded $12,000
• In Bozeman, Shakespeare in the Parks’ 2019 Tour is awarded $11,711
• In Bozeman, Sweet Pea Festival is awarded $14,289
• In Broadus, Homesteader Days is awarded $5,000
• In Butte, Covellite International Film Festival is awarded $12,250
• In Butte, Music on Main is awarded $9,000
• In Choteau, Front Range Yoga Festival 2020 is awarded $6,050
• In Choteau, Wild Wings Festival is awarded $5,665
• In Cut Bank, Cut Bank Holiday Bazaar is awarded $12,900
• In Cut Bank, Montana Fund Weekend is awarded $11,047
• In Deer Lodge, SNöFLINGA is awarded $21,490
• In Deer Lodge, Western Harvest Weekend is awarded $16,050
• In Dillon, Montana Range Days is awarded $4,076
• In Dillon, Pronghorn Pursuit Trail Run is awarded $2,550
• In Ekalaka, 7th Annual Dino Shindig is awarded $3,598
• In Fort Benton, Boats, Brews and Blues is awarded $4,650
• In Fort Benton, Fort Benton Summer Celebration is awarded $6,250
• In Gardiner, Gardiner Brewfest is awarded $5,000
• In Glasgow, Milk River Catfish Days is awarded $10,593
• In Glendive, Makoshika Mascot Challenge is awarded $14,355
• In Great Falls, 4th of July Hootenanny is awarded $13,000
• In Great Falls, The Montana Brew Fest is awarded $4,287
• In Hamilton, Artists Along the Bitterroot Studio Tours is awarded $9,200
• In Hamilton, Bitter Root Day and Apple Day and Night is awarded $7,750
• In Havre, Bear Paw Marathon is awarded $12,700
• In Helena, 5th Annual Reeder’s Alley Block Party is awarded $3,235
• In Helena, Meadowlark Music Festival is awarded $742
• In Helena, Montana Preservation Roadshow is awarded $2,070
• In Helena, Symphony Under the Stars is awarded $7,600
• In Jordan, Garfield County Centennial Celebration is awarded $4,900
• In Kalispell, Festival Amadeus 2019 is awarded $12,500
• In Lame Deer, Cheyenne Victory Day is awarded $17,240
• In Lewistown, Hands on Montana Art Party is awarded $4,650
• In Lewistown, Montana Winter Fair is awarded $11,800
• In Libby, Kootenai County Chainsaw Carving Championship is awarded $19,200
• In Libby, Riverfront Blues Festival is awarded $7,500
• In Lincoln, Lincoln Art and Music Festival is awarded $13,870
• In Livingston, 93rd Annual Livingston Roundup Parade is awarded $4,650
• In Malta, Judith River Formation Symposium is awarded $3,713
• In Missoula, International Choral Festival is awarded $14,790
• In Missoula, RecCon Montana is awarded $5,000
• In Olney, Race to the Sky is awarded $7,220
• In Polson, Flathead Lake 5K Run is awarded $2,250
• In Polson, Flathead Lake Blues and Music Festival is awarded $9,750
• In Red Lodge, Autumn Walk About: Mining Coal, Mining Creativity is awarded $4,850
• In Ronan, Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous is awarded $6,825
• In Scobey, Pioneer Days Friday Night Concert is awarded $8,300
• In Seeley Lake, In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival is awarded $4,500
• In Shelby, Shelby Kite Festival is awarded $4,875
• In Sidney, Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights is awarded $8,000
• In Terry, Celebrating Agriculture in Prairie County is awarded $3,200
• In Townsend, Townsend Fall Fest is awarded $15,000
• In Troy, Old Fashioned 4th of July is awarded $8,770
• In Valier, Lake Frances Triple P: Paddle, Peddle, Pace is awarded $5,835
• In West Yellowstone, Yellowstone Ski Festival is awarded $13,500
• In White Sulphur Springs, Red Ants Pants Music Festival is awarded $24,000
• In Whitefish, Great Northwest Oktoberfest is awarded $5,750
• In Whitefish, Whitefish Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K is awarded $2,500


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