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Blaine, Carter, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, Hill, McCone, Petroleum, Phillips, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Valley, and Wibaux Counties, as well as the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation
“Farmers and ranchers from many Eastern Montana communities are feeling the impacts of drought conditions,” said Governor Bullock. “My administration is committed to making sure these impacts are minimized and will continue to work closely with these communities to monitor conditions and provide further assistance.”
Parts of these counties have seen record low precipitation, high temperatures, and excessive wind in the last two months. These conditions rapidly deteriorated crop and forage viability after a winter of below average precipitation.
The onset of drought became most notable when reports from many eastern and northeastern counties indicated producers were culling herds, buying hay, cutting crops early, and not seeing crops emerge 4-6 weeks after planting. Crops such as oats, spring wheat, edible dry peas, and sugarbeets are all suffering. In addition, pasture and range conditions are poor to very poor, per the June 18, 2017 Crop Progress Report. Ranchers reported extreme dust has made it difficult to keep track of all head, even during branding.
Governor Bullock also sent a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting a Secretarial Drought Disaster Designation, which would also allow Montana producers in affected counties and reservations to be eligible for the Livestock Forage Program, Emergency Conservation Program, and Emergency Livestock Assistance Program. Earlier today, USDA authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program lands in Montana.
For more information visit www.drought.mt.gov.
HELENA — A document obtained by Lee Newspapers suggests closing the 29-bed Veterans Affairs nursing home in Miles City, as well as reducing hours at outpatient clinics in Montana and Wyoming, but a spokesman for the VA says the document is just for "brainstorming" purposes and closures are not planned.
Last Thursday, the Montana and regional VA directors gave a presentation to union leadership representing VA employees, as well as staff members from Wyoming’s congressional delegation and staffers for U.S. Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Jon Tester, D-Mont.
The presentation, which is labeled a working document, makes recommendations that include closing the Miles City nursing home, which has 18 residents. It also recommends running the Glendive, Glasgow and Hamilton community-based outpatient clinics only part-time, and in Wyoming shutting one clinic and reorganizing several others. It also proposes consolidating some administration of the VAs in Montana and Sheridan, Wyoming.
Montana VA Public Affairs Officer Mike Garcia said in an email Wednesday that the document provided to Lee Newspapers is an internal document “used exclusively for the purposes of brainstorming a number of possible inefficiencies for the two VA health care systems.” Garcia said VA’s official stance “before this briefing and since has been (and remains) that there will be no closures.” He also emphasized the document did not suggest closures of any Montana clinics.
Gerald Swanke, the District II vice president for the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents some VA Montana employees, said the presentation made it seem “extremely likely” that the changes in the working document would happen. About 20-30 union employees work in the Montana facilities mentioned, including physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants and other medical staff.
In 2015 Montana had 93,356 veterans. The state is among the top in the nation in terms of veterans per capita. Veterans in Montana have long complained about the difficulty of accessing services in a large rural state. The VA Montana Health Care System has seen turnover in its leadership team over the past several years and struggles to recruit doctors due to high workloads.
Nationwide, the VA has faced major problems with access to timely care. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs resigned in 2014 after a report that at least 40 veterans had died while waiting for care in an Arizona VA facility. Tester has worked in recent years to improve the VA, sponsoring myriad bills pushing changes in the system.
On Wednesday Tester's office released a statement saying: “Jon is committed to maintaining nursing home services for Montana’s veterans and is working with veterans, our communities, and Veteran’s Service Organizations to ensure that VA provides veterans with the long-term care they have been promised.”
Montana and Wyoming fight for limited clinical resources, the working document says. That reduces the capability of both markets and impedes the timely provision of health care services.
Montana and Wyoming fall under the VA's Region 19, and last year that area put together a team to look at ways to address issues in the Montana and Sheridan, Wyoming, VA facilities. The team focused on how to reduce staffing redundancies and vacancies between Montana and Sheridan and ways to increase the use of telemedicine and mobile clinics.
The team also looked at demographics for veteran populations and enrollment in Montana and Sheridan, the availability of doctors, referral patterns, opportunities for community partnership and standardization of processes and procedures.
An implementation plan presented last Thursday by Ralph Gigliotti, Veterans Integrated Service Network director for area 19 of the VA, and Kathy Berger, director of Montana VA Health Care System, lists on an "Implementation Plan" slide the suggested closure of the Miles City Community Living Center, or nursing home, by Sept. 1 and says a bed request is being routed for review and approval. The clinic in Miles City would remain open, though at a different location.
A bed request is an administrative request to reduce the number of beds in an inpatient facility or clinic, Garcia said. He added bed requests are “quite common in situations other than proposed closure,” such as when a facility has a critical staffing shortage that could affect patient safety and patient numbers need to be reduced while staff is hired.
Garcia also stressed that since Oct. 1, 2016, about 420 veterans in Montana have lived in 30 contracted nursing homes and that the 18 veterans in the nursing home in Miles City make up less than 5 percent of the annual need for care.
Union representatives say they have been given until September to create a steering committee of union members, congressional staff members, veterans services organization, employees and other interested parties to figure out how to work with the changes the VA has proposed.
The VA is also gathering input from stakeholders such as the Montana and Wyoming congressional delegations, union representatives and people at the Miles City facility. This working group will come up with recommendations on what happens next.
Swanke said he understands the VA is between a rock and a hard place in terms of being able to meet patient needs while working within budget restrictions.
President Donald Trump's proposed budget increases VA spending by 6 percent, but $3.5 billion of the additional $4.4 billion would go to expanding the Veterans Choice program that allows veterans to get care at private clinics, which are then reimbursed.
Critics have said that is a step toward privatizing the VA.
“They’re essentially making government fail so they can go to a voucher and privatize the work,” Swanke said.
There are 673 VA enrollees in Custer County, where Miles City is, and surrounding counties of Treasure, Powder River, Carter, Fallon and Prairie have a little more than 500. There are provider agreements and Choice program participants in some but not all of these counties, according to the working document.
Last fall The Billings Gazette reported the VA asked Custer County if it wanted to take over ownership of the VA facility. The VA gave the county 90 days to make a decision. County commissioners have not returned phone calls asking what the county decided.
The effort to unload the property is part of former President Barack Obama's National Strategy for Real Property and the 2015 Reduce the Footprint Property, which called for federal agencies to reduce their property ownership by 20 percent by 2018.
The recommendations in the working document were reached by looking at the number of enrolled veterans at clinics, the number assigned per provider and the number of encounters clinic staff conduct on a regular basis.
The presentation says that based on the low number of veterans enrolled and appointments made, combined with the capabilities for telehealth and the Choice act, the Glasgow, Hamilton and Glendive clinics could reduce their hours to part-time.
Swanke, a veteran, said that beyond his union’s arguments for job protection, he has concerns about moving veterans' care to non-VA facilities. Doctors who see veterans regularly get familiar with their specific needs, which makes care better, he said. Veterans are also more comfortable getting care with other veterans.
“If you take this veteran that’s got these nuanced PTSD issues and put them in an environment where they're not connected to other veterans, that’s a disincentive for them to seek care. As you dilute these systems out further and further, it becomes a case where they’re calling a long-distance number as opposed to sitting in the community having a cup of coffee with a provider.”
The Glendive clinic saw the most appointments in fiscal year 2016, with 655 enrollees making 3,432 visits. Hamilton had the next-highest number of visits, with 3,035 and 2,119 enrolled. Glasgow was the least-utilized, with 2,095 appointments and 802 enrolled.
Current wait times at the Glasgow, Hamilton and Glendive facilities range from one to three days. In most cases, Garcia said, a primary care team is made up of four full-time employees that manage the care for about 1,000 patients, which is an industry standard, Garcia said.
“A part-time team would continue to provide the same quality of care to veterans in the area while allowing the health care system to use those cost savings to address staff shortages elsewhere in the state,” he said.
Fort Harrison in Helena is the VA's main presence in Montana, with a 34-bed acute care, medical-surgical facility and a wide range of specialty care. Fort Harrison also offers radiology and pathology services and has a 24-bed inpatient mental health facility.
There are VA clinics in Anaconda, Billings, Bozeman, Cut Bank, Glasgow, Glendive, Great Falls, Hamilton, Havre, Kalispell, Lewistown, Miles City, Missoula and Plentywood.
There are also two state veterans' homes in Columbia Falls and Glendive and one proposed to be built in Butte. For these homes, the VA provides partial funding to build the facilities. Once they are operating, the VA provides some funding through per-diem payments based on the number of eligible veterans that live in the home. The VA also conducts inspections to ensure the home’s environment of care, clinical programs and other factors meet the requirements for per-diem payments to continue.
The VA contracts with private nursing homes to allow veterans to be placed in long-term care facilities close to home.
Starting in 2017, the purchase of a Montana bow and arrow license is required prior to applying for any archery-only permit. 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
• sign an affidavit that they have previously purchased a bow and arrow license in Montana or another state.
First time archers need to plan ahead so that they have the prerequisite bowhunter education certificate in order to apply for 2018 archery-only drawings. The first drawing deadline is March 15 each year.
For the adult online field course, adults must pass the online bowhunter education course and receive a Field Day Qualifier Certificate. This Field Day Qualifier Certificate and a picture ID are necessary to obtain entrance into the field course.
The adult field course will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, beginning at the Quonset building at the FWP Headquarters in Glasgow.
The youth classroom course will also be held in the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow. Classes will run from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and from 9-11 a.m. on Sunday.
All registrants for the classroom course must be 11 years of age by July 14. To hunt during the archery only season, youth need to be at least 12-years old by January 16, 2018.
Classroom students need to pick up the “Today’s Bowhunter” manual from the FWP office in Glasgow. Before students can pick up a manual, please register and have printed and signed all necessary forms. For prospective students that reside out of the Glasgow area, FWP staff could mail the manuals as well.
Students are to read each chapter and complete all chapter review exercises before class on Friday, July 14. If workbooks are not complete, students may not be able to continue the course.
To register and learn more about the bowhunter education classes offered, please go to the FWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov and look under the “Education” tab. If there are any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700, or course coordinator Marc Kloker at 406-480-9234.
She wins a $5000 scholarship and will advance to Atlantic City, NJ to compete in the Miss America Pageant in September.
First Runner up with $2500 scholarship from Mid-Rivers Abigail Helland, 21, of Glasgow.
Second Runner up with a $2000 scholarship Kate Shea,22, of Helena
3rd Runner-up $1500 scholarship from Stockman Bank –Hannah Pepprock, 20, of Havre
4th Runner Up $1250 scholarship from Sheridan Electric Cooperative Justiss Firemoon, 22, of Poplar
Alyssa Kessel of Glendive was voted Montana’s Choice and received a $1000 scholarship.
Chosen most photogenic by Bohle Images, the official photographer for the week was Jessica Criss of Bozeman and for the Teens Halle Fatzinger of Bloomfield/Richey.
Jessica Criss of Havre was chosen by her peers as Miss Congeniality, for the second year sponsored by Guns N’ Things. Receiving the Spirit and Leader Award voted by the production crew, a $250 scholarship sponsored by Holden Electric was Abigail Helland.
The outstanding talent award of $750 sponsored by Jack Lawson went to Kate Shea. Maddie Murray won Outstanding Interview $500 award sponsored by Jim & Carol Swanson. All contestants earn at least a $850 scholarship.
Preliminary winners in evening gown sponsored by U.S.Bank were Thursday Maddie Murray and Friday – Jessica Criss of Bozeman. Preliminary Fitness in Swimwear sponsored by Cross Petroleum were Thursday Allysa Kessel of Glendive –and Friday Maddie Murray,
Miss America’s State Award for Community Service, a $1000 scholarship went to Abigail Helland of Glasgow and the $1000 Miss America State Award for Academic Achievement went to Hannah Pepprock of Havre. The Miss America Program is one of the largest supporters of scholarships for young women.
Friday night Alexi Baisch 17 of Glendive was crowned Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen and will compete July 25-29 in Orlando at the national competition. Rosie Ramirez of Helena, 15 was first runner up winning $750 from Cross Petroleum, Sloan Orrell of Belgrade was 2nd runner up receiving $500 scholarship from American Bank Center. 3rd runner up was Halle Fatzinger of Bloomfield, getting a $300 scholarship from American Ford. She also won the Spirit & Leader Award chosen by the production staff.
To book Miss Montana for engagements throughout Montana contact Jan Holden at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.missmontana.com
Mayor: Becky Erickson
Ward1- Stan Ozark
Ward 2- Doug Nistler
Ward 3- Dan Carr
Unexpired 2 year term- Kerry Aakre
4 year term- 2 positions available: Joe French, Tyler Skolrud and Jim Williamson
Nashua: Michael Stingley
Town Council- Two 4-year terms: Mike Meridith and Linda Falkenstern
Mayor- Douglas Bailey
Town Council- Two 4-year terms: Scott St. John and Virgil Nelson
Oliver is the timeless classic featuring some of musical theatre’s most beloved songs. Follow the optimistic journey of young Oliver Twist and all the iconic and exciting characters he meets along the way. Don’t miss this production based on the Charles Dickens masterpiece, perfect for the entire family and starring a host of local children.
Oliver is produced through special cooperation with Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT), where FPST Artistic Director Andy Meyers recently directed the musical as part of their season. ABT is generously sharing some costumes, props, creative ideas and many cast members with the FPST production, including Geoff Belliston, Taylor Caprara, Jamie Parnell, Jay Michael Roberts, Meggie Siegrist, Megan Wiltshire, Ali Whitwell and Cassandra Norville Klaphake reprising her role of Nancy.
A Billings native and award winning actor and musician, she is founder and Artistic Producer of ABT, and was previously ‘heard’ at Fort Peck as the voice of the Dragon in Shrek. 11-year- old Tristan Klaphake joins his mother in Montana to recreate his starring role of Oliver. Musical Director Lizzie Webb also conducted the ABT production.
The cast of Oliver also features nearly 50 NE Montana kids playing a variety of roles, alongside local actors Hailey Stone as The Artful Dodger, Becky Johnson as Mrs. Bedwin, Amber O’Mara as Sally, Lisa Garsjo Thievin as Annie and Dan Hance as Mr. Brownlow.
Performances are June 23 – July 9; Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm.
For tickets visit our new online box office at fortpecktheatre.org. All seats will be reserved this season so to select your seat please go to our website and follow the link to select an opening night pass or a single performance seat. Tickets will still be available at the door but to make sure you get the best seat available go to www.fortpecktheatre.org. For more information please call the box office at 526-9943 or the theatre office at 228-9216.
Following Oliver, the 2017 season continues with:
Million Dollar Quartet: July 14 – July 30
Grease: August 4 – August 20
Souvenir: August 25 – September 4
Two Rivers Members are Valley County’s growth partners and they ensure that our vision of economic freedom & prosperity and our mission of making Valley County the best place to live, work and play is fulfilled year after year. By joining Two Rivers you can impact your community in a positive and rewarding way by seeing their objectives put to work in the following areas:
Business Recruitment & Expansion
Rural Economic & Community Development
Two Rivers will work within all of these core areas to create a vibrant community and an environment that increases local jobs & tax base, retains and expands existing business, develops downtown and encourages collaborations & partnerships.
By joining Two Rivers you can grow your business and community as well as join other businesses and colleagues who are equally dedicated to ensuring economic stability and growth of Valley County and Northeast Montana.
Please contact Two Rivers Executive Director, TeAra Bilbruck to become a member or volunteer at 406-263-GROW or email email@example.com.
To report sightings, people need to be able to tell the difference between swift fox, red fox and coyotes. Swift foxes are about the size of a house cat, smaller than red foxes and only about a fifth the size of coyotes. Red foxes are red, with some variations, and have white-tipped tails. Swift foxes have grayish-red fur and a black-tipped tail. Coyotes can have similar coloring and tail markings, but again are much larger. Juvenile coyotes could resemble swift foxes certain times of the year.
Swift fox were once abundant on the Great Plains, but in the early 1900s numbers began to decline in response to government poisoning campaigns aimed at wolves, prairie dogs and ground squirrels. Swift foxes lost a prey source in prairie dogs and squirrels, and when wolves declined, they couldn’t outcompete coyotes and red foxes for food.
In 1969, Montana declared swift fox basically extinct locally. However, due in part to transplant programs in Canada, sightings of swift foxes have increased in eastern and central Montana since the 1980’s, leading to stable populations in north-central Montana that support a trapping season.
Swift fox are year-round residents, inhabiting prairies and arid plains. Largely nocturnal, swift foxes can range over several square kilometers a night. They breed from late December to early March, with a single litter of three to six pups born late March to early May. Young are raised in an underground den, emerging in early June and dispersing in late summer or early fall.
Locations of swift fox can give biologists valuable information, such as better understanding of the distribution of fox and location of dens. In addition, studies are being conducted with radio collared fox, and any help in locating foxes and their dens is crucial to the study. If you happen to spot a swift fox, please contact your local biologist and if possible, get a GPS point or accurate map location of the sighting. In Region 6, direct all sightings to Heather Harris at 406-228-3725, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the seats up for election in Valley County
Mayor: Becky Erickson- Filed For Re-Election
Ward1 Stan Ozark- Filed For Re-Election
Ward 2 Melanie D Sorensen
Ward 3 Dan Carr-Filed For Re-Election
Kerry Aakre unexpried 2 year term- Filed For Re-Election
Mark Sullivan 4 year term
Joe French 4 yr term- Filed For Re-Election
Nashua: Mayor Allen Bunk
Alderman/Woman Linda Falkenstern and Verlin Borgen- Mike Merideth has filed
Mayor Douglas Bailey; Aldermen Scott St. John and Virgil Nelson
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, face-to-face surveys will be based at marinas and boat ramps around the reservoir. Creel clerks will ask several questions about the day’s fishing and will also measure all harvested fish.
“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 helps FWP better manage the Fort Peck fisheries by providing information on fishing pressure, size of fish harvested and angler catch rates.
“We’d like to thank all anglers in advance for their 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 email@example.com
For youth, to be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2017 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16, 2018. Students aged 10 and 11 can take the course and hunt as an apprentice, but will not be fully certified until the year they turn 12. All registrants for this event must be 10 years of age by June 23.
The youth classroom course will be held in the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow. Classes are scheduled to run from 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Friday, from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and from 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Times may be adjusted if necessary.
Classroom students need to pick up the Hunter Education Manual from the FWP office in Glasgow. Students are to read each chapter and complete all review sections before class on Friday, June 23. If workbooks are not complete, students may not be able to continue the course.
To register and learn more about the hunter education classes offered, please go to the FWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov and look under the “Education” tab. If there are any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700, or class instructor Tim Zabrocki at 406-210-4941.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison for killing a man during an after-hours bar fight in northeast Montana.
The Great Falls Tribune reports Keith Joseph Hanks was sentenced Thursday to 112 months in prison for the July 22, 2016, stabbing death of 19-year-old Duran Jackson. Hanks, who claimed self-defense, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
According to court documents, Hanks, his friend and his friend's girlfriend were standing outside a Poplar bar after closing time when Jackson allegedly spit on Hanks' friend, prompting the fight.
Jackson had been romantically involved with the friend's girlfriend in the past.
Hanks was 33 at the time of the stabbing.
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In response to the budget, Jim Mathews, President and CEO of the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP), announced the launch of a "Rally For Trains" campaign to protest the devastation of America's passenger train network. Passengers are already planning rallies at train stations across the country on Friday, June 23 in more than 20 cities including: Alexandria, VA; Birmingham, AL; Charlottesville, VA; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Martinsburg, WV; Meridian, MS; Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; Portland, OR; Richmond, VA; Sacramento, CA; San Luis Obispo, CA; Toledo, OH; Washington, DC; Wilmington, DE and Whitefish, MT.
"If Congress enacts this budget, our national passenger rail network will largely cease to exist," said Mathews. "Communities and rail passengers need to clearly and loudly tell Congress that our communities and citizens rely on trains as important travel options."
The proposed 2018 White House budget would slash funding for Amtrak, leaving 140 million Americans without access. Other cuts to transit and commuter rail programs will cost thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs, especially in small town America. Budget cuts will place a disproportionate amount of pain on rural and working class communities who rely on rail and public transit services for everyday travel.
Although the threatened services are commonly called long-distance trains, they also serve as local and regional transportation for the communities they serve. In Montana and North Dakota, for example, Amtrak's long distance trains connect nineteen towns and cities on a single corridor. In Florida, twenty eight communities are bound together by long distance routes that offer an important travel option for family and business travelers.
"Millions of people will be left isolated, and those who will suffer the most are those who rely on passenger rail to get to their job, for an ADA-compliant mode of travel, and for people where other transportation options are limited," said NARP Chairman Peter LeCody. "The voices of these people must be heard by members of Congress, and we plan to make that possible during our 'Rally For Trains.'"
For more information on "Rally For Trains" events, or to contact members of Congress, visit www.TownsWithoutTrains.com.
About the National Association of Railroad Passengers
NARP is the only national organization speaking for the nearly 40 million users of passenger trains and rail transit. We have worked since 1967 to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in the U.S. Our mission is to work towards a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want. Our work is supported by more than 28,000 individual members nationwide.
Tuesday evening the VCSO was alerted to a stranded vehicle just east of Glasgow on Highway #2. When the VCSO came upon the Ford Van there were 3 individuals pushing the van towards Glasgow and indicating the vehicle was out of gas.
Upon further investigation it was determined the vehicle was stolen out of the State of Washington.
The VCSO arrested Austin Lonas and he was charged with Felony Theft and Misdemeanor Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
Bond was set at $1085 on the theft charge and $335 on the misdemeanor charge. Lonas was incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center.
Valley County Sheriff Vern Buerkle told Kltz/Mix-93 that the Glasgow Police Department assisted in the incident and the investigation continues. Additional charges are possible according to Sheriff Buerkle.
Karl Nix was charged with the felony earlier this year with allegations that she exploited a 93-year old woman from a period of 2014-2016.
The trial date has been set for July 5th at 9am in Glasgow.
It is alleged that Nix exploited the 93-year old woman who was living at Nemont Manor in Glasgow. Nix allegedly made charges on the woman's credit cart, making withdrawals on the woman's ATM account, taking monthly life insurance payments and used the funds for her own personal benefit.
Nix is currently free on her own recognizance. She initially was incarcerated on $5000 bond but her attorney argued Nix was indigent and unable to post bail. The court agreed and she was released on her own recognizance in April.
Dry needling is a research supported technique, founded on the knowledge of musculoskeletal medicine and looks at a physiological way of administering the needles and treatment. The process of dry needling does not include a prescribed medication and most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. There is a local twitch response that can elicit a very brief (less than a second) sensation similar to that of a muscle cramp. Typically positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions, but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms and overall health of the patient. Dry needling is a low-risk procedure in which the danger of a serious adverse reaction is actually less than that of taking an ibuprofen.
In Montana, FMDH is the one of the first physical therapy providers East of Billings to offer this service. To treat with dry needling and be in compliance with State Practice Acts, a practitioner must have an advanced degree and at least two years of experience to even start the rigorous and extensive training process to become certified. Derek Beadle, DPT has completed such training and is currently making appointments. No physician referral is needed above what is already required. For more information please call 228-3635.
Stan Ozark visited with Derek Beadle to find out more about this relatively new procedure. Listen to entire interview:
The full interview is here: Derek.
Initial Preventative Physical Exams (formerly known as Welcome to Medicare) are a great way to get a well-rounded view of your health, as well as save you money!
Medicare covers a one-time preventative visit within the first 12 months that you have Medicare Part B. The goal is to get up-to-date on important screenings and shots, as well as bring all of your medical history together to one place so we can focus on you as a whole. During this initial visit, we will work on preventative care, identify any un-met needs, and establish a relationship between you and a Primary Care Provider. There is no deductible or co-pay, making this a great opportunity to raise concerns or ask questions you have been putting off.
During the visit, your doctor will record your medical and social history, check your height, weight, and blood pressure, calculate your body mass index, give you a simple vision test and hearing test, review your potential risk for depression and your level of safety, and offer to talk to you about creating advanced directives. You will also receive a written plan letting you know what screenings, shots, and other preventative services you need.
After your Initial Preventative Physical Exam
If you have had Medicare Part B for longer than 12 months, you are eligible to receive a yearly “Wellness” visit to develop or update your personalized prevention plan based on your current health and risk factors. Again, there is no deductible or co-pay for this yearly service. You do not need to have had an Initial Preventative Physical Exam before getting a yearly Wellness visit.
Value of Wellness Visits for Patients
A one hour visit per year extends life and reduces disabilities
• Increases compliance with preventative care.
• Detects functional decline.
• Detects changes in family/social support.
• Detects depression and substance abuse.
• Detects vision and hearing loss.
• Appropriate referrals and follow up reduces progression of diseases and improves outcomes.
For Questions or to schedule your appointment please call the Glasgow Clinic at 406-228-3400.
Stan Ozark visited with Patti Fogle who is coordinating this effort at the Glasgow Clinic. For more information listen to the full interview:
The full interview is here: Patti Fogle.
Randon Billman of Glasgow died late Thursday night, according to Lewis and Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg. Billman had been hospitalized in Great Falls since the Tuesday afternoon crash northeast of Lincoln.
The man accused of causing the wreck is charged with a felony count of failure to satisfy duties upon accident involving another person. Officials say Devon Scott Richie, 21, was behind the wheel of a 2008 Dodge Ram when the truck collided with a 2012 convertible BMW driven by Billman.
Richie is accused of failing to render aid to the injured woman, fleeing the scene and not contacting law enforcement. He then "knowingly and purposefully became intoxicated after the crash," court documents say.
The crash remains under investigation.
GLASGOW HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES ATTENDING COLLEGE OR TRADE SCHOOL.
The Montana Board of Regents has raised tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year from 2% to 12% depending on the 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.
The application deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year is
JULY 1, 2017.
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.
1st Place - Fred "Derf" Potter, Glasgow
2nd Place - Roddey Zinda, Glendive
3rd Place - Skylor Powell, Havre
Mad Dog - Chris Moore
Hard Luck - Travis Austin
455 in attendance
“Montana’s community airport play a critical role in connecting our state,” Daines stated. “Every single dollar make a huge difference to keeping our rural airports reliable and ready to use.”
Area airports included:
Wokal Field/Glasgow International: $82,678.00
This project will fund the construction of a double pump fuel facility to assist the airport to be as self-sustaining as possible by generating revenue. The sponsor has adequately financed the airside needs of the airport.
This project will fund mill and overlay for the rehabilitation of 212 square yards of the existing parking lot pavement that has reached the end of its useful life. The parking lot is non-revenue generating and available for public use.
Big Sky Field, County of Roosevelt and City of Culbertson: $212,400.00
This project will fund the installation of an automatic weather observing system to enhance the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations at the airport by providing accurate, current, and site-specific weather information.
Big Sky Field Airport is a general aviation airport, designated as basic, as defined in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) report.
Gianforte was charged with assault the day before the election after he allegedly assaulted a reporter in Bozeman. Nearly 2/3 of voters in Montana had voted by absentee before the incident had occurred and many were wondering how the assault charge would affect those who voted after hearing about the incident.
Gianforte easy won Valley County with over 60% of the vote and while over 50% of voters had voted absentee a fair amount voted on the day of the election. Numbers show that Gianforte actually increased his winning percentage in 2 Valley County precincts for those who voted on election day.
Here are the numbers:
Greg Gianforte winning percentage: 59% absentee and 37% election day
Rob Quist percentage- 32% absentee and 34% election day
Greg Gianforte winning percentage: 61% absentee and 66% election day
Rob Quist percentage: 27% absentee and 28% election day
Greg Gianforte winning percentgage: 66% absentee and 67% election day
Rob Quist percentage- 25% absentee and 24% election day
Glasgow, MT – Glasgow will participate in Bike Travel Weekend by organizing a bike overnight on June 4th, to encourage people of all ages, backgrounds and interests to experience the joy and simplicity of traveling by bicycle and spending the night at a campground, park, hotel, bed and breakfast, hostel or friend’s house or backyard. This movement to inspire people throughout the world to participate in a bike overnight on the same weekend as thousands of others is being spearheaded by Adventure Cycling Association.
FREE! Leisure Bicycle Rides to celebrate the new Smith Park Bicycle Camp!
11:30 AM - Age 13 & Up Ride. Meet at the Busted Knuckle Brewery. Leisure ride on Tampico Hwy, 24 mile ride with shuttle if you can't complete the entire ride.
1:00 PM - Youth Ride (K-5th Grade). Meet in the parking lot across from the Elk's. Anyone under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult.
2:00 PM - Root beer Floats, Brews, & BBQ at the Busted Knuckle Brewery.
Pitch your tent at the Smith Park Bicycle Camp located on Hwy 2 East across from the Cottonwood Inn & Suites!
Sponsors: Glasgow TBID, FMDH, Busted Knuckle Brewery, Glasgow Police Dept. & Glasgow Downtown Association.
For more info, please contact Tami Burke: 406-480-2819 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adventure Cycling’s website provides do-it-yourself resources and an interactive map to connect bike travelers. Bike Travel Weekend trips can be added to the interactive map by filling out the simple registration form at BikeTravelWeekend.org.
Those wanting to join an existing bike overnight can search for trips in their area or contact a Bike Travel Weekend Advisor listed on the website. Advisors throughout North America have bike travel experience and can answer questions about going on a bike overnight.
Everyone who registers by May 22 will receive a Bike Travel Weekend sticker and will be entered in a sweepstakes to win an Advocate Cycles Seldom Seen bicycle or a trip for two, with bikes, to Glacier National Park on Amtrak’s Empire Builder. The first 250 people to register will also receive a 3 oz. package of coffee courtesy of Black Coffee Roasting Co.
A variety of sharing and media tools are available, including the Bike Travel Weekend logo, sample social media posts and images, a poster, and a sample newsletter article, for participants and others wanting to help spread the word. The Bike Travel Weekend hashtag is #biketravelweekend.
For more information about Glasgow’s Tour de Prairie Bike Travel weekend event, contact Tami Burke @ 480-2819 or email@example.com
Thursday June 1, 2017
2nd Street South
11th Street South
Friday June 2nd
10th Street North
Monday June 5th
10th Street North (behind Flip Burgers and Carwash)
Haying season is fast approaching, along with critical nesting and brood-rearing periods for Montana game birds like pheasants, grouse, Hungarian partridge, and waterfowl. Many of these birds try to nest or raise their young in hay fields, which can cause big problems for them when haying equipment comes around.
Each year, many nests are destroyed, and hens, chicks, and deer fawns are killed by haying equipment. However, just a few small conservation measures during the haying operation can reduce those losses by 60 percent or more. For landowners haying this season, please consider adopting some of the following practices to give game birds and other wildlife a better chance of surviving:
• If possible, wait to hay or mow until after July 15, or better yet August 1. By this time most nests are hatched and chicks are big enough to run and escape mowing equipment.
• Raise the mower deck to 4”-6” off the ground. This reduces the chance any nests and eggs will be destroyed when the mowing implement passes over.
• Hay only during daylight hours.
• Use a flushing bar. These simple devices give hens a chance to flush from nests far enough away from the mower that they will not be caught.
• Drive slower in areas where wildlife are more common or have been observed in the past, like near brushy areas or wetlands.
• Hay the field in a pattern that allows wildlife to escape the field safely. A common practice is to circle the outer edges of the field first then work the way towards the center. This “death spiral” pushes wildlife towards the center of the field where they are eventually run over, or forces them to cross open space and risk predation to reach safe cover. Instead, consider beginning at one end of the field and work back and forth across, pushing wildlife towards an area of safe cover. Another pattern is to begin in the center of the field and work outwards.
• Leave borders around the field of 20-60 feet wide. Research shows that most pheasant hens nest within 50 feet of the field edge. Leaving a little habitat around the edges can go a long way towards reducing wildlife mortality.
By trying just a few of these haying practices, landowners can greatly increase the chances that wildlife will survive haying season, and may lead to more robust populations on their property year-round. If anyone would like more information or recommendations about small ways that you can help game birds and other wildlife on your agricultural operation, call your nearest Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist.
Miss Montana 2017 contestants are:
Hanna Pepprock of Havre; Jessica Criss from Bozeman; Abigail Helland ,Glasgow; Toby Jeanne Almy, Miles City; Justiss Firemoon of Poplar; Alyssa Kessel, Glendive; Maddy Tommerup, Havre; Ella Crowder, Culbertson & Missoula; Madison Murray, Corvallis; Kate Shea, Helena; Alara Vogel, Havre and Autumn Gault of Glasgow.
Outstanding Teen Class of 2017 are:
Alexa Baisch of Glendive, Rosie Ramirez of Helena, McKenzie Taylor of Rock Springs, Sloan Orrell, Belgrade, Kinsey Ross of Bainville and Halle Fatzinger of Bloomfield,
Preliminary competition with 12 Miss MT contestants and five outstanding teens begins Thursday June 15 at 7PM at the DCHS auditorium in Glendive. Friday at 1PM the Glendive Chamber sponsors the “Show Us Your Shoes” parade followed by an ice cream social. Friday night viewers will see the other half of the contestants perform talent and one of the teens crowned Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen followed by a coronation party at the Moose Lodge.
The public is invited to the Royal Tea Saturday at 1PM at the Moose, emceed by Miss Montana 2016 Lauren Scofield. The princesses, age 6-9, sit with their “big sister” Miss Montana or Outstanding Teen contestant and enjoy entertainment and refreshments
People can vote on Montana’s Choice online at www.missmontana and at the pageant, $1 per vote to advance their favorite to the semi-finals Saturday night at 7PM. Montana’s Choice receives the scholarship money and will be announced with the semifinalist as they compete Saturday night in evening gown, fitness, talent and on stage question. The five judges select the top five. The newly crowned Miss Montana 2017 wins a $5000 scholarship and will compete in the Miss America pageant in September.
Tickets are $15 Thursday, $20 Friday, $25 Saturday or $50 for all three nights. Reserved patron seating is $60. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce 377-5601 online at www.missmontana.com or at the door.
The full interview is here: Bob Connors.
Voters that choose to vote on Thursday will vote at the Glasgow Civic Center. All voting in Valley County will now be done at the Civic Center. There will be no polling places in outlying communities. The polls will be open from 7am to 8pm.
2017 Street Improvement Project
Overlay Areas –
10th Street North from Kampfer Drive east to Airport Rd.
All of Meadow Court
Portion of Valley View between Jet Drive & Valley Drive
Portion of 8th Street N between 4th Ave N and the Alley
All of Laser Drive
11th Street South between 2nd Avenue S & Alley
Intersection of 6th Street South and 3rd Avenue South
2nd Street South from 2nd Avenue South to 1st Avenue South
Remove & Replace Areas –
West End of 10th Street N behind Flips
South end of 8th Avenue North
South end of 8th Street N by Shopko Parking Lot
Corner of 5th Avenue S & 3rd Street S
Chip Seal Areas –
8th Street South between 3rd Avenue S & 1st Avenue S
5th Avenue S between Hoyt Park & Hospital
The Calgary-based company's announcement this month comes with the Keystone XL still needing approval of its proposed route through Nebraska. The Dakota Access, which was designed to transport about half of North Dakota's oil production to a shipping point in Illinois, is expected to be fully operational by June.
TransCanada spokesman Matthew John says the company plans to re-engage with prospective shippers "because of a lot of changes in the oil market."
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Earlier this year, a petition was received requesting to restrict Duck Creek Bay to a limited no-wake zone from the boat ramp to the mouth of the bay. The request was made to address both safety concerns and property damage, as the area has a heavily-used boat ramp and camping area. The Fish and Game Commission voted to adopt this proposal.
Watercraft users are encouraged to heed the no-wake zone parameters, and wardens will be enforcing the no-wake rule in this area.
Baker’s investment in the education of others obviously reflects his deep respect for its value. A 1960 graduate of Glasgow High School who went on to receive a master’s degree in architecture from Montana State University and to build a successful career in St. Paul, Minnesota, he knew what opportunities higher education offered to those who were willing to work hard and play by the rules, values that were instilled in him in his home and community. Though he traveled the world and made lifelong friends wherever he went, he clearly never left his Montana roots behind and chose to strengthen them for generations to come.
As with all donations to the trust, Baker’s gifts will be invested and the interest earned used to fund scholarships for Glasgow High School alumni pursuing higher education at college, trade school, or through an accredited online program. Since its inception in 1964, the trust has awarded a total of $1,842,000.00 to 696 different students enrolled in very diverse programs across the nation. Many of these students have received multiple gifts over their courses of study, which brings the total number of gifts awarded to students to 2,194.
The Glasgow High School Educational Trust awards are not traditional scholarships offered only to those earning very high grades. Applicants must be GHS graduates who have completed one year of college or one semester of trade school, be in good academic standing, attending full-time (12 semester credits minimum), and showing steady progress toward completion of a degree or certification. A primary consideration has always been financial need. Distribution is made through a semi-annual application process administered by the trustees. Application deadlines are July 1st and October 15th of each year. The application, which lists additional requirements that must be met, is available at www.ghsedutrust.org. It must be completed properly, thoroughly, and submitted on time to be considered.
In addition to student gifts, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust also uses the interest earned on its corpus, now over $5 million dollars, to purchase equipment and programs for Glasgow High School that cannot be financed within the school’s regular budget. Over the years, every department has received such gifts, benefitting all students and the public at large when it attends events at the school or uses its facilities. Some examples include upgrades to the sound and lighting systems in the auditorium, 3-D printers for the STEM programs, coding software for the business department, and a major gift toward the purchase of new kilts for the Glasgow High School Scotty Band. The gifts total 111 in number with a dollar value of $223,179.42.
Whenever the trust receives donations that total $500 in the name of a particular individual, a gift is given to a student or GHS in the name of that person. Gifts of $10,000 or more in the name of a particular individual allow for a permanent annual naming opportunity.
Donald J. Baker was a man in charge of his own life--seeking adventure, developing and sustaining meaningful relationships until the end. Through his thoughtful and generous planning, he has made it possible for many others to pursue similar paths. The Glasgow High School Educational Trust is deeply grateful for his commitment to and support of its mission and will strive to be true to his spirit.
This is a change in existing ordinance which completely prohibited the use of fireworks in the city limits at all times.
The new ordinance prohibits aerial projectiles that exceed 10 feet.
The Glasgow City Council will have one more vote on the proposed changes to this ordinance and it will be in place for the 4th of July holiday this year.
All donations go to our local food bank in Glasgow.
Please leave non-perishable items in or at your mailbox for your carrier to pick up.
You can also bring items to the post office between 10a.m. – 12noon Saturday.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
For the online field course, adults must pass the online hunter education course & receive a Field Day Qualifier Certificate. This Field Day Qualifier Certificate & a picture ID are necessary to obtain entrance into the field course.
This will be the last course before the June 1 drawing deadline for antlerless deer, antlerless elk, & antelope.
To register & learn more about the hunter education class offered, please go to the FWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov & look under the “Education” tab.
If there are any questions, please call course instructor Marc Kloker, 406-480-9234.
Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call Malta-area Warden Ben Morin directly at 406-654-7630, or call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).
The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.
The Fort Peck meeting will be at the Fort Peck Dam & Interpretive Center on May 17th from 6-8 p.m.
In October, aquatic invasive mussel larvae were detected in Tiber Reservoir and suspected in Canyon Ferry Reservoir.
The Missouri River Conservation Districts Council will conduct the series of public meetings to inform the public on what this means for central and eastern Montana.
For more information, contact Rachel Frost at 406-454-0056.
May 15th - Eagles Club in Lewistown
May 16th - Great Northern Lodge Room in Malta
May 17th - Fort Peck Dam & Interpretive Center in Fort Peck
May 18th - Summit Corral in Jordan
Projects from throughout Valley County received a financial boost toward completion, thanks to grants from the Valley County Community Foundation. Awards for this year’s 11 grants totaled $18,763, said Doris Leader of Nashua who chairs the VCCF.
These projects received VCCF grants this spring:
$1,850 to the Allies of Scouting used to help purchase roofing materials for two buildings at Boy Scout Park on the Missouri River.
$1,305 to First Lutheran Church to help purchase 200 lightweight folding chairs for the Church basement
$1,500 to the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council to help improve the parking lot at the Fort Peck Theatre
$3,000 to MSU Extension/Valley County Extension Services to purchase STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning supplies and to conduct a teacher workshop for Valley County teachers
$1,000 to Nashua Senior Citizens Association used to purchase a computer and supplies for internet training for senior citizens, funded in full.
$1,386 to Opheim High School to purchase an iPad, keyboard and a storage cabinet for the science department, funded in full.
$1,000 to Scottie Day Care to help purchase new exterior doors
$2,000 to Two Rivers Economic Growth, Inc. to help with costs for a grant-writing workshop for the community
$2,494 to Valley County 4-H Council to help purchase pens for the swine barn at the Valley County Fairgrounds
The following two grants were funded by earnings from the Magnus Swanson Fund:
$2,537 to the Hinsdale Public School Student Council, paying toward the purchase price of the School’s healthy vending machine
$ 691 to Valley County 4-H Council to purchase supplies and kits for outdoor STEM learning activities in Hinsdale
VCCF began giving grants in 2000 and since then has awarded 131 grants totaling $174,607. Grants are awarded each spring to organizations with a 501(c) 3 IRS designation, or government and educational entities.
The Foundation itself is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, affiliated with the Montana Community Foundation. Assets are $800,000, including two scholarship funds. More information is available at www.valleycountycf.net or by calling board member Jean Carlson at 526-3245.
Governor Steve Bullock has picked May 25th as the date of the special election to replace Zinke.
Absentee ballots were sent out on May 1st for the special election. In Valley County there are 2873 absentee voters and as of May 5th there had been 225 ballots returned to the Valley County Election Administrator.
Valley County voters who choose to vote on election day will now vote at the Glasgow Civic Center. The Valley County Commissioners earlier this year chose to move all polling places to Glasgow. So voters in Hinsdale, Opheim, Lustre, Frazer, Nashua, Fort Peck and Glasgow will all vote at the Glasgow Civic Center. The polling places will be open from 7am to 7pm.
There are 4461 registered voters in Valley County and 64% of those voters choose to vote absentee.
The Montana gas tax will increase 4.5 cents per gallon and the diesel tax would increase 1.5 cents on July 1st if the Governor signs the legislation.
All Montana counties, cities and towns will receive additional revenue to repair infrastructure in their respective government entity.
Local governments though won't simply get a larger chunk of money. They will have to identify specific road projects they would use their allocation for and then provide $1 for every $20 of new state money they receive.
The City of Glasgow will receive an additional $59,647 to use for street projects.
Fort Peck will receive $11,830, Nashua will receive $11,259 and Opheim $6,128.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has accepted a Montana woman's guilty plea to second-degree murder for the death of a 13-month-old girl whose body was found in a trash can.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris set an Aug. 10 sentencing hearing for 43-year-old Janelle Red Dog of Poplar.
The Great Falls Tribune reports Red Dog told Morris that she had been taking care of 13-month-old Kenzley Olson when the girl became sick with pneumonia.
She says she hit the girl twice on April 18, 2016, to quiet her, and the baby also slipped and hit her chin that day.
She says the girl stopped breathing on the drive to the hospital the next morning, so she put Kenzley in a duffel bag and dumped the bag in a trash can.
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In Glasgow there was a 3 person race for 2 positions on the Glasgow School Board. District voters re-elected the 2 incumbents to 3-year terms.
Suzanne Billingsley- 1083
John Daggett- 973
Tyrel Brandt- 850
The General Fund Levy request failed by a vote of 636-963. The request was in the amount of $71,273.83.
Hinsdale had a trustee election featuring 3 candidates for 2 positions.
Jared Albus- 152
Keith Beil- 154
Amy Rutherford- 19
Hinsdale also had a levy request in the amount of $9,849.18. The levy passed by a vote of 117-52.
Nashua had a trustee election featuring 5 candidates for 2 positions.
Tim Bellon- 127
Mark Bengochea- 185
Joseph Laumeyer- 90
James Merideth- 48
Joel Novak- 130
The General Fund Levy request in Nashua passed by a vote of 170-135.
Frazer had a Trustee election as they elected 2 people to 3-year terms and 1 to a 1-year term.
Yancy Beston- 62
Jewel Four Star Ackerman- 44
Michael Cole- 85
The Department told Kltz/Mix-93 that the closing is due to funding issues and the State of Montana didn't have enough funding to keep an office in Glasgow open.
This will affect 2 employees who currently work in the Glasgow office.
There are 3 offices statewide that will be closed including Shelby, Livingston and Glasgow.
The Wolf Point Office will stay open and handle many of the duties of the former Glasgow office.
The Great Falls Tribune reports 41-year-old Russell "Delano" Foster was granted clemency Tuesday, but details of the decision weren't immediately available.
Delano Foster, who couldn't be reached for comment, was convicted in 1996 after he and Amber Foster had consensual sex. The couple married in 2000 after he was released from prison, and they now have four children.
Amber and Delano Foster said having a sex offense on record can prevent them from getting certain state licenses or government contracts. Delano Foster works in maintenance and construction.
At the end of this year, a Montana driver’s license would not meet the federal standards to be used for air travel or access to federal facilities.
Senate Bill 366 would give Montanans the option of paying a fee for a special license that complies with the federal guidelines. The bill will now go to Gov. Steve Bullock.
The bill was amended in a free conference committee to allow the Department of Justice to borrow up to $4.6 million from the Board of Investments to pay for an information technology system and other costs for implementation. Under the bill, the loan would have to be paid back in 10 years.
It also appropriates $1.852 million starting this July from a state special revenue account for the Department of Justice. The amendment also includes a provision if the state receives an extension for compliance, that appropriation can be pushed back a year.
“The fees would remain at the $25 and $50, so that we can make the loan payments and the department would only be drawing on the account as needed,” said Sen. Jill Cohenour, D-East Helena, who is carrying the bill.
Those prices would be lower than a passport, which Cohenour said Montanans will need to fly if the state does not comply.
“With a license renewal, $45 is added to the $25 - max is $65 on that,” Cohenour said. “And then if you’re an early implementer, you have the $10 added to the $50,” Cohenour said.
Up until this year, the state has been able to get extensions because licenses were being continually updated. This year the state’s request for an extension was denied, forcing the state to make a compromise.
Freddy Monares is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association and the Greater Montana Foundation.
Tickets are available at Pizza Hut, Ezzie's Westend, Ezzie's Midtown, Agland, Holiday, Stoughie's in Hinsdale, the Mint Bar in Opheim, Wagon Wheel Bar in Nashua, & any Fair Board members. There will be a boot drive to help with the cost, Fri. April 28th in downtown Glasgow.