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Tuesday, October 25th 2016
Martin Blake Sentencing Gets More Media Attention
A criminal case involving a Glasgow man who sentenced to 60 days in jail for raping his 12-year old daughter is receiving more media attention after it was discovered that Martin Blake is allowed to serve his 60 day jail sentence 2 days at a time.

Blake was sentenced earlier this month by Judge John McKeon to 60 days in jail with credit for the 17 days he'd served prior to the sentencing.

McKeon, who is set to retire at the end of November, sentenced Blake to 30 years to the Montana State Prison with all time suspended but did add the 60 days to be served in the Valley County Detention Center in Glasgow.

KTVQ-TV is reporting that Blake can submit to the Valley County Detention Center at his leisure through November.

Some defendants are ordered by the judge to serve the sentence immediately, but Blake was given the freedom to choose when he serves his time, as long as its completed by the deadline.

The controversial sentence has drawn nationwide outrage and has fueled a petition seeking to impeach McKeon. More then 109,000 people had signed the petition by Monday.

Judge McKeon previously defended his sentencing in a statement, where he said the victims mother and grandmother supported the probationary sentence.

Tuesday, October 25th 2016
Montana Governors Race Gets Expensive
HELENA — Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte has now spent more than $5.1 million of his own money to fuel his campaign against Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, while the Bullock-backing Democratic Governors Association poured in another $1.5 million into one of the closest governor’s races in the nation.

The candidates and political action committees turned in campaign finance reports Monday that detail their contributions and spending between Sept. 27 and Oct. 19. The reports show a governor’s race on track to be the most expensive in state history, as each side accuses the other of trying to buy the election.

The Montana campaign is one of the closest of the 12 governor’s races in the country, with a recent Mason-Dixon poll commissioned by Lee Newspapers of Montana giving Bullock just a 2-point edge, which is well within the 3.2 percent margin of error.

Gianforte, who sold his software company RightNow Technologies to Oracle for $1.8 billion, cut his campaign two $1 million checks over the last month, going above and beyond his previous pledge to match campaign contributions dollar for dollar. Individual donors contributed another $238,000 to him over the reporting period.

His campaign has funneled most of that money into buying television ad time, spending nearly $1.25 million on ad buys during the reporting period.

Asked about Gianforte’s self-funding, spokesman Aaron Flint said Gianforte is working to get his message out and to combat more than $5 million in attack ads against him. Gianforte has raised more from individual donors in Montana than any other challenger for the Montana governor’s office, Flint added.

“His opponent, meanwhile, is a career politician who is trying to buy this election with tax dollars, PAC dollars and from his dark money group friends who are working to shut down Colstrip,” Flint said, referring to a southeastern Montana coal-fired power plant.

The $311,334 that Bullock took between Sept. 27 and Oct. 19 puts the incumbent at more than $3 million raised for the election cycle. His biggest donations for the period topped $10,000 apiece from four union PACs and a lawyers’ PAC. The Democrat’s campaign also is spending heavily on television ads, at $803,232 in ad buys for the month.

“Mr. Gianforte has to resort to using his personal fortune because Montanans are rejecting someone who wants to fundamentally change what Montanans value about our state— from public lands to public education to equal pay for equal work,” Bullock campaign manager Eric Hyers said.

There have been relatively few outside groups making independent expenditures to influence the outcome of the race, but the ones who have are also spending heavily. Leading the pack is the DGA, which Bullock was chairman of from 2014 to 2015.

With the addition of the $1.5 million it spent over the last month, the DGA has now funneled $3.35 million into the race through the Good Jobs Montana PAC.

Good Jobs Montana also reported donations from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the National Education Association and Montana Conservation Voters.

DGA spokesman Jared Leopold said the amount of money going into Montana is a reflection of how close the race is and to counter Gianforte’s personal spending.

“The DGA’s very invested in winning governor’s races around the country and certainly Montana’s a big race this cycle,” he said.

The Republican Governors Association’s Right Direction PAC, another outside group spending money in the Montana race, reported spending $92,755 for the period.

A newly formed PAC called Montanans for Truth in Public Schools is the third group that has spent money on ads on the governor’s race. Its ad features renowned paleontologist Jack Horner questioning whether Gianforte would spend taxpayer money to support schools that teach creationism and intelligent design.

That group spent about $9,500 to air that ad earlier this month.

Thursday, October 20th 2016
State Lawmakers To Consider Closing Loophole In Child Abuse Sentencing Laws That Allowed A Glasgow Man To Be Put On Probation After Pleading Guilty To Raping His 12-Year Old Daughter
HELENA — The state Commission on Sentencing is recommending lawmakers close a loophole in child sex abuse sentencing laws that allowed an eastern Montana man to be put on probation after pleading guilty to raping his 12-year-old daughter.

State prosecutor Dan Guzynski proposed Wednesday eliminating an exception to a mandatory minimum 25-year prison sentence for offenders convicted of rape, incest or sexual abuse if the victim is age 12 or younger.

Under the current exception, an offender can receive a lesser sentence if a psychosexual evaluation determines the offender can be treated in their community, and the sentence protects the victim and society. Guzynski argued it does not make sense that a community could be safer with a child rapist present.

"This legislation is not a knee-jerk reaction to what happened in Glasgow," Guzynski told committee members, but the recent case did serve as an example of a lack of consistency in sentencing.

He noted a man he prosecuted in Great Falls last year received the mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years without parole after being convicted of raping his 10-year-old daughter.

"Both evaluators said they were treatable in their community, both were sentenced under the very same law, both raped their children," he said. "One is going to spend the next 25 years in prison and one is out on probation."

The Glasgow case led to a social media backlash against sentencing Judge John McKeon.

An online petition calling for his impeachment had gathered nearly 31,000 signatures in less than a week. McKeon issued a statement last week defending his Oct. 4 sentencing under the exception and noted that the girl's mother and grandmother supported keeping the man in the community.

Guzynski's recommendation was included in a bill being forwarded to the Legislature that proposes revisions to several sentencing laws.

The state Commission on Sentencing — which included legislators, judges and others — considered several recommendations made by the Council of State Government's Justice Center after it reviewed Montana's criminal justice system with an eye toward reducing costs and recidivism.

Wednesday, October 19th 2016
Glasgow Attorney Among Four Attorneys Being Considered For District Court Judge Position
Gov. Steve Bullock will choose from three candidates to replace District Court Judge John C. McKeon, who serves the Hi-Line.

The Judicial Nomination Commission sent four nominees to Bullock on Tuesday. The Democratic governor has until the end of November to replace McKeon, who announced his retirement from the 17th Judicial District some time ago.

The district serves Blaine, Phillips and Valley counties. McKeon will serve until a replacement is made.

The candidates are Peter L. Helland, Yvonne Gaye Laird, Dan Raymond O’Brien and Randy Homer Randolph.

McKeon’s announced retirement precedes his controversial 60-day jail sentence issued to a man convicted of committing incest with a child relative. McKeon issued the sentence Oct. 4. The sentence was for 30 years suspended and 60 days served, plus treatment. Several thousand signatures have been added to a petition calling for McKeon’s recall.

McKeon in a written statement explaining the sentence, said he had to consider public safety, the degree of harm caused, restoring the victim of a crime and encouraging rehabilitation and reintegration of an offender.

Wednesday, October 19th 2016
Two Rivers Economic Growth Announces Changes To Leadership Team
Two Rivers Economic Growth, a local nonprofit development organization serving Valley County, Montana, is announcing changes to its executive team!

Two Rivers gathered on October 4th for their Annual Planning meeting where Board of directors appointed Michelle Tade as new President and Kari Prewett of Prewett Interiors, as Vice President.

Megan Haddix of the Glasgow City-County Library was voted in as their newest board member and lastly, TeAra Bilbruck was hired [in August] to assume the role of Executive Director. Community leaders and members were also in attendance. The group identified long and short term goals that match common needs and priorities of Glasgow and Valley County.

Top initiatives Two Rivers is focusing on in 2016- 2017 include Storefront beautification and cleanup, continue supporting the GDA in branding, wayfinding and other efforts, assist in the City’s swimming pool project, provide assistance and create incentives to attract new and established businesses to reside downtown, seek ways to resolve downtown parking issues & represent Valley County through legislative outreach and awareness.

Two Rivers would like to thank Chris Helland and Darcell Wesen for their many years of time and service to the board. TREG is seeking one more Director to serve. Directors are considered key partners in the planning and growth of Valley County and its communities. Board meetings are held every first Tuesday of the month at noon at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow.

If you’re interested in joining the team, please contact TeAra Bilbruck at (406) 263-4769 or email trg2@nemont.net. Two Rivers is ACTIVE and working for YOU!

Friday, October 14th 2016
Glasgow man gets 60 days in incest case
GLASGOW — An eastern Montana man has been given a 30-year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to raping his 12-year-old daughter last year.

District Judge John McKeon sentenced the man to 60 days in jail for incest, giving him credit for 17 already served, the Glasgow Courier reported. The man also was ordered to complete community-based sex-offender treatment and register as a sex offender.

The man has been identified as 40-year old Martin Blake of Glasgow.

Valley County Attorney Dylan Jensen recommended a 100-year prison sentence with 75 years suspended — as called for in state law — as part of a plea agreement that recommended the dismissal of two other incest charges.

"A father repeatedly raped his 12-year-old daughter," Jensen said during the Oct. 4 sentencing hearing.

A licensed clinical social worker testified that the man was a low-risk to re-offend and that it would be important for him to have social support while he received treatment. The social worker, Michael Sullivan of Billings, said the man did suffer a "collapse of social support" when he lost his family and job.

Court records said the girl's mother walked in on one of the sexual assaults.

Public defender Casey Moore argued there was more than one way to hold a person accountable, the Courier reported.

"I'm not asking that he be given a slap on the wrist," Moore said. "He did spend 17 days in jail and he did lose his job," and will be on supervision for the rest of his life.

McKeon said he diverted from the recommended sentence because the man had support from his family, friends, church and his employer. The Courier reports the girl's mother and grandmother were among those supporting a community-based punishment. Someone wrote that "he was a good father for 12 years," and another said he was not a monster, but a man who had made a mistake.

Jensen told the Courier that he was shocked and disappointed with the sentence, but respected the judge's decision.

McKeon is retiring next month after 22 years as a state judge.

Friday, October 14th 2016
Judge John McKeon Responds To Sentencing Of Martin Blake

Yesterday, while away from chambers attending a state-wide judicial conference, I became aware of a news article from the Glasgow, Montana weekly newspaper. News reports of court events can be inaccurate, incomplete and fail to reflect an appropriate understanding of the law. Such is the case with this news article.

The article accurately reports a 30 year suspended sentence recently given by this Court for the offense of incest, subject to a 60 day jail sentence and other conditions. The article also recites the report of a licensed clinical social worker finding the defendant in the case to be low risk to reoffend and recommending community based treatment. This recital is incomplete and does not give the reader a true picture of the events.

The cited report was actually a psychosexual evaluation report of 20 pages containing detailed analysis and testing results. It was the only psychosexual evaluation and evidence before the Court. The evaluator was Michael D. Sullivan, a respected forensic specialist and long-time member of the Montana Sex Offender Treatment Association, who has done more than 2,000 such evaluations over a career of nearly 30 years. Sullivan’s undisputed testimony in open court included that the defendant could be safely treated and supervised as a sex offender in the community, that such community treatment was available, that the defendant would benefit from such community-based treatment and that it would be best that he start and complete the same treatment program.

The news article refers to a plea agreement that contained the Government’s recommendations for a mandatory 25 year period of incarceration followed by probation. However, the article did not mention that the plea agreement also called for the psychosexual evaluation and contemplated a lesser sentence when stating the following: “If the findings contained in the sexual offender evaluation report prepared by a qualified sexual offender evaluator recommends that the treatment of the offender while in a local community affords a better opportunity for rehabilitation of the offender and for the ultimate protection of the victim and society, the defendant may argue for a lesser punishment.”

The article fails to note that prior to sentencing, the Government was fully aware of the possibility of a lesser sentence based on the evaluator’s report and yet did not offer conflicting evidence. The article also fails to mention the Court’s specific findings at the sentencing hearing that based on this undisputed evaluator’s report, a Montana statute (46-18-222(6)) provides an exception to mandatory incarceration. Further, the article fails to recognize that this exception is entirely consistent with one of Montana’s stated sentencing policies, namely, to encourage and provide opportunities for an offender’s self-improvement, rehabilitation and reintegration back into a community (46-18-101(1)(d)).

Montana’s other sentencing policies include punishment commensurate with the nature and degree of harm caused and sentence in a manner that protects the public, restores the victim and increases the sense of public safety (46-18-101(1)(a)-(c)). In this regard, the news article referred to statements from family of the victim supporting a community-based treatment for the defendant. Again, the article left out crucial information cited by this Court for reasons of its sentence. That information included statements from both the victim’s mother and maternal grandmother.

The victim’s mother wrote the Court, stating in part:

I do not feel 25 years in prison is necessarily the best way for the defendant to pay for what he has done. The defendant made a horrible choice. He needs help – not to spend 25 years locked up. He has 2 sons that still love him and need their father in their lives, even with very understandable restrictions. I would like to see my children have an opportunity to heal the relationship with their father. Please give him the opportunity to work on fixing the relationships he destroyed. He is not a monster, just a man that really screwed up and has been paying in many ways since and will continue to have to pay through this justice system and with the loss of family and friends and his own conscience. Please help him find the help he needs, as well as our family.

The victim’s grandmother wrote, stating:

What he (the defendant) did to my granddaughter was horrible, and he should face consequences. And I certainly never want it to happen again to anyone. But his children, especially his sons, will be devastated if their Dad is no longer part of their lives.

As stated ably by the victim’s family, this was a horrible crime and the defendant needed to be held accountable. Yet, the victim’s family recognized several family members as victims of the crime each needing to be restored in a manner that safely rebuilds relationships and protects a community.

The news article also refers to a pre-sentence investigation report of a probation officer. It fails to mention that this report is 15 pages in length, recites the exception to mandatory incarceration and these Montana sentencing policies, includes the psychosexual evaluation report AND gives no recommendation for sentencing. Further, the article fails to mention that the probation officer’s investigation found defendant to be 40 years of age with no prior felony record and no history of prior criminal offenses of this nature. The article also fails to mention the prosecution did not challenge the contents of this pre-sentence investigation report. It mentions a prosecutor’s contention of repeat offenses but ignores this investigative record and fails to inform the reader that it is established Montana law that unproven criminal allegations of this nature cannot be considered for purposes of sentencing.

As to the public safety issue, the article does not inform the reader that both the plea agreement and the pre-sentence investigation report contain detailed recommendations for assuring this safety, all of which were incorporated into the Court sentencing. Those conditions applicable to the entire 30 year suspended sentence included, but are not limited to, compliance with the community-based sex offender treatment, regular contact with a probation officer and polygraph testing, approval of treatment providers and his probation officer prior to contact with victim or anyone under 18 years of age, no access to materials of sexual nature, limited access to computers and Internet, written approval of residence and before departure from an assigned district and open inspection of residence.

All district judges take an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws of this state. These constitutional provisions and laws include certain fundamental legal principles that apply at sentencing, including a presumption of innocence for unproved criminal allegations, the varying sentencing policies and the Government’s burden to counter evidence supporting an exception to mandatory sentence. The Court cannot ignore these legal standards and any news article covering situations of this nature should so inform the reader.

Friday, October 14th 2016
Absentee Ballots Mailed Out Today To All Registered Absentee Voters
HELENA – On Friday, Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch announced that 2016 General Election absentee ballots have been mailed to all registered absentee voters. Absentee ballots were mailed to 297,001 registered voters.

"Voting by absentee ballot gives voters an opportunity to vote when it is most convenient for them," Secretary McCulloch said. "It's no surprise that an increasing number of Montanans are choosing to vote this way."

The 297,001 absentee ballots being mailed to voters across Montana will reach nearly 43% of the state's 676,409 registered voters. Secretary McCulloch urges absentee voters to mail back their absentee ballots at least one week prior to Election Day to ensure the ballots arrive at the county election office by November 8. Postmarks cannot be accepted, don’t risk your ballot arriving too late to be counted.

'It’s important that every Montanan votes, whether that be by absentee ballot or at the polls on Election Day." Secretary McCulloch said. "We are a national leader in elections and Montanans can be confident in the election process of our state."

Late voter registration opened on October 12, 2016. To register to vote, citizens must register in person at their local county election office or designated late legislation location during the late registration period. Late registration is open until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 8.

Montanans can check their voter registration status using the Secretary of State's online elections tool and app, "My Voter Page." Registered voters can also view a precinct-specific sample ballot, find the location of their polling place, and track the status of their absentee ballot once one has been issued.

"If you love the convenience of voting by absentee ballot, but miss getting an "I Voted" sticker, we have you covered," Secretary McCulloch said. "You can now access a digital "I Voted" sticker from our website, and share it on your social media accounts."

The digital "I Voted" sticker is available at sos.mt.gov.

2016 General Election Reminders

* November 7, noon: Deadline to apply for absentee ballot

* November 8: Election Day; Most polls open at 7 a.m., polls close at 8 p.m. (or until everyone in line has voted)

* November 8, 8 p.m.: Close of late voter registration

Wednesday, October 12th 2016
Glasgow Among Eight Grant Award Winners
HELENA – The Montana Main Street Program has awarded eight grants totaling $102,000 to communities across Montana to support downtown revitalization projects.

Lt. Governor Mike Cooney on Wednesday presented checks to the grant recipients at the Montana Downtown Conference hosted by Mainstreet Uptown Butte.

“Strong, vibrant main streets are the core of communities across Montana,” he said. “Both locals and visitors alike cherish the charming small town sense of place that makes Montana so unique. The Montana Main Street Program and these grant funds help us to ensure we pass along this important cultural and business asset to future generations.”

The Montana Main Street Program, established in 2005 and currently serving 27 communities across the state, combines Department of Commerce goals of creating and maintaining vibrant and charming Montana communities with offering safe, efficient and quality public facilities. The program offers technical assistance and expertise to all Montana communities and awards competitive grant funding to member communities actively working on downtown revitalization, economic development and historic preservation.

Grants provided this year went to:

City of Glendive: $6,000 for a Downtown Master Plan to create a comprehensive vision for the planning and development of the commercial district.

City of Lewistown: $5,000 for a Downtown Parklet Placemaking Project to promote walkability and economic vitality in the downtown core.

Anaconda/Deer Lodge County: $15,000 for an Active Transportation Plan to address downtown walkability and the interconnectivity of the historic commercial district.

City of Great Falls: $8,000 for a Downtown Pedlet Placemaking Project to promote walkable downtown public spaces and outdoor dining space.

City of Red Lodge: $18,000 for a Wayfinding Plan to develop a community wayfinding system.

City of Glasgow: $15,000 for Community Branding to develop a strategic brand that capitalizes on community assets and regional identity.

City of Helena: $15,000 for a Façade Improvement Program to implement historic preservation and economic development opportunities in the downtown business district.

City of Roundup: $20,000 for a Downtown Master Plan to forward a broad vison and goals in downtown revitalization, historic rehabilitation, economic development and long-range community planning.

For more information about the Montana Main Street Program, contact Program Coordinator Tash Wisemiller by phone at 406.841.2770 or via e-mail at twisemiller@mt.gov.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016
Below Average Missouri Basin Runoff Continues; Draft Annual Operating Plan Available For Comment
OMAHA, NE – September runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, was 1.0 million acre feet (MAF), 91 percent of average, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). This marks the fourth consecutive month with below average runoff in the upper basin. The 2016 calendar year runoff forecast is 22.7 MAF, which is 90 percent of the historic average.

The total volume of water stored in the Mainstem Reservoir System on October 1 was 57.4 MAF, occupying 1.3 MAF of the 16.3 MAF combined flood control storage zones. “System storage declined 0.7 MAF during September. Water that was captured in the reservoirs during the spring and summer is being released during the drier months to serve navigation, irrigation and other authorized purposes. During the fall and winter, we will evacuate all water stored in the flood zones of the reservoirs and start next year’s runoff season with all flood control storage available,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

Based on the July 1 system storage, the Corps is providing a full 8-month navigation season with full service flow support. Full service flow support is generally sufficient to provide a navigation channel that is 9 feet deep and 300 feet wide.

Reservoir Forecasts
Gavins Point releases averaged 22,200 cubic feet per second (cfs) during September and will be adjusted throughout the fall to meet navigation targets in reaches with commercial barge traffic. The Gavins Point reservoir ended September at elevation 1207.2 feet and will remain near elevation 1207.5 feet during October.

Fort Randall Dam releases averaged 20,800 cfs in September. Releases will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired reservoir elevation at Gavins Point Dam, but no significant changes in releases are expected at this time. The reservoir ended September at elevation 1353.4 feet, falling 1.7 feet during the month. The reservoir is normally drawn down to 1337.5 feet in the fall to provide space for winter hydropower generation at Oahe and Big Bend. The annual drawdown will continue in October and November. The reservoir is expected to end October near elevation 1345.0 feet.

Big Bend Dam releases averaged 17,300 cfs in September. Releases are expected to average 11,300 cfs this month. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420.0 feet during October.

Oahe Dam releases averaged 18,800 cfs during September. Releases are expected to average 11,300 cfs in October. The reservoir ended September at elevation 1609.9 feet, falling 0.6 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to rise slightly during October.

Garrison Dam releases averaged 16,900 cfs during the month. Releases were reduced to the fall rate of 13,000 cfs starting September 15 and will remain near 13,000 cfs during October. Garrison reservoir ended September at elevation 1838.5 feet, falling 0.8 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to fall less than 1 foot during October, ending the month near elevation 1837.8 feet.

Fort Peck Dam releases averaged 6,300 cfs during September. Releases were reduced from 8,000 cfs to 4,500 cfs starting September 13 and will remain near 4,500 cfs during October. The reservoir ended September at elevation 2233.4 feet, down 0.5 feet during the month. The reservoir level rose more than 1 foot in early October due to heavy rainfall. It is expected to remain near its current elevation of 2234.6 feet during the remainder of the month.

The forecast reservoir releases and elevations discussed above are not definitive. Additional precipitation, lack of precipitation or other circumstances could cause adjustments to the reservoir release rates.

The six mainstem power plants generated 641 million kWh of electricity in September. Typical energy generation for September is 895 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 7.5 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the normal of 10 billion kWh.

Draft Annual Operating Plan Public Comment Period
The Corps held its draft Annual Operating Plan (AOP) meetings Oct 5-7 in five cities throughout the basin to present the plan for operating the system for the remainder of 2016 and in 2017. The PowerPoint presentation given at each meeting can be viewed here: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/pdfs/Fall2016AOPPresentation.pdf. Comments on the plan will be accepted through November 11. Comments can be emailed to: Missouri.Water.Management@nwd02.usace.army.mil or mailed to:
Missouri River Basin Water Management
1616 Capitol Avenue, Suite 365
Omaha, NE 68102-4909

Tuesday, October 11th 2016
Free Financial Planning Seminar Is October 24
Wolf Point Small Business Development Center will have a Free Financial Planning for Start-up or Expansion Businesses Mon. Oct. 24th.

The session will run from 2-4p.m. at Glasgow Job Service, 74 4th Ave. North.

You can register by emailing sbdc@gndc.org.

For more information, contact Lorene Hintz, 406-653-2590.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016
General Election Is 30 Days Away...Are You Registered To Vote?
HELENA, MT –Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch cast her ballot in the 2016 General Election on Tuesday, October 11, the first day of in-person absentee voting, at Lewis & Clark County Election Office. While voters can vote an in-person absentee ballot beginning today, absentee ballots will be mailed to voters who requested a ballot be mailed to them on Friday, October 14.
Secretary McCulloch reminds eligible citizens that regular voter registration closes 30 day before the election, Tuesday, October 11. She also urged groups doing voter registration drives to make sure any voter registration forms are turned in to the county by October 11. If eligible citizens do not register to vote by October 11th, they must go to their local county election office for late voter registration. Late voter registration opens October 12, 2016 and closes at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 8, 2016.
“The election is just around the corner and it is so important for Montanans to get registered to vote and update their voter registration,” said Secretary McCulloch. “This is the most important civic duty we have and it is important every Montanan’s voice is heard. Get registered and go vote.”

Voters can check their registration by down downloading the My Voter Page (MVP) app or visiting https://app.mt.gov/voterinfo/. With the MVP app, voters can check their registration address, find their polling location, track their absentee ballot and view a sample ballot.

2016 General Election Reminders
• October 11: Close of regular voter registration
• October 11: Absentee ballots available to vote at county election offices
• October 12: Beginning of late voter registration
• October 14: Absentee ballots mailed
• November 7, noon: Deadline to apply for absentee ballot

Monday, October 10th 2016
Four Applicants Selected To Be Interviewed For Vacant State Judge Position
On Monday, October 17, 2016, the Judicial Nomination Commission will interview the following applicants for the position of district court judge for the 17th Judicial District (Blaine, Phillips, and Valley Counties):

• Peter L. Helland
• Yvonne Gaye Laird
• Dan Raymond O’Brien
• Randy Homer Randolph

Interviews will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom at the Phillips County Courthouse, 304 3rd Avenue West in Malta. Deliberations will follow the last interview. The interviews and deliberations are open to the public; however, public comment regarding the applicants will not be taken because the comment period has closed.

The Commission will forward the names of at least three nominees to the governor for appointment. The person appointed by the governor is subject to Senate confirmation during the 2017 legislative session. If confirmed, the appointee will serve until January 2019.

Judicial Nomination Commission members are District Judge Richard Simonton of Glendive; Janice Bishop of Missoula; Karl Englund of Missoula; Elizabeth Halverson of Billings; Hal Harper of Helena; Lane Larson of Billings; and Nancy Zadick of Great Falls.

Monday, October 10th 2016
GHS Educational Trust Application Deadline October 15th
Glasgow High School alumni who are attending college or trade school full time are reminded that the deadline for applying to the GHS Educational Trust for financial assistance for the Spring 2017 term is October 15, 2016.

Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to Danielle Anderson at First Community Bank by that date.

The application, eligibility requirements, and other relevant information are available on the trust’s website at http://www.ghsedutrust.org.

Monday, October 10th 2016
Public Invited to Sight-in Firearms at the Valley County Rifle and Pistol Club Range
Local organizations are teaming up to provide a public “sight-in day” at the Valley County Rifle and Pistol Club (VCRPC) shooting range starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. All hunting-aged folks are welcome, and youth under 18 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult. The event is free of charge.

Members of the VCRPC, Hi-Line Sportsmen, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will be on-hand to offer assistance, advice, and encouragement for both youth and adults to properly and safely sight-in their firearms. FWP will be providing hearing and eye protection, along with targets, but the public is also encouraged to bring their own equipment if they desire. No shotguns are allowed at the event.

The Hi-Line Sportsmen will be providing hot dogs, chips and water, with a free-will donation for the meal. Hi-Line Sportsmen will also be selling t-shirts and providing raffle tickets for a gun and gun cabinet. While at the event, folks are encouraged to learn more about both the Hi-Line Sportsmen and the VCRPC, as new members are always welcome.

The location for the sight-in day is at the VCRPC range north of Glasgow: Drive two miles north from Glasgow on Highway 24 North, turn west (left) on Johnson Road, and proceed west 1.5 miles to the club gate. Go through the gate and follow signs for approximately one mile to the range.

Please call Hi-line Sportsmen President Jennifer Jackson at 406-263-7339 if there are any questions. The public is asked to make sure that all firearms are in good, safe working order, and matched with the correct ammunition that will be used during the hunting season.
Friday, October 7th 2016
Flood Warnings Continue
The Flood Warning continues for the Milk River at Saco.
* until Wednesday morning.
* at 10:00 AM Friday the stage was 20.6 feet.
* Flood stage is 20.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue rising to near 22.1 feet by early Monday morning. The river will fall below flood stage late Tuesday morning.

The Flood Warning continues for the Milk River at Tampico.
* until further notice.
* at 9:30 AM Friday the stage was 24.3 feet.
* Flood stage is 23.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue rising to near 26.7 feet by Wednesday evening then begin falling.

The Flood Warning continues for the Milk River at Glasgow.
* until further notice.
* at 7:20 AM Friday the stage was 26.1 feet.
* Flood stage is 25.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Major flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue rising to near 31.0 feet by Thursday evening then begin falling.

The Flood Warning continues for the Milk River at Nashua.
* from Sunday afternoon until further notice.
* at 9:00 AM Friday the stage was 16.1 feet.
* Flood stage is 20.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...rise above flood stage by Sunday early afternoon and continue to rise to near 24.0 feet by Friday morning. Additional rises are possible thereafter.

The Flood Warning continues for the Beaver Creek near Hinsdale.
* until further notice.
* at 9:30 AM Friday the stage was 16.5 feet.
* Flood stage is 14.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue to fall to a stage of 16.0 feet by tomorrow morning.

The National Weather Service in Glasgow has extended:



* AT 356 PM MDT...emergency management officials reported flooding across much of Phillips, Petroleum, Northern Garfield, and Valley Counties. 3 to 6 inches of rain with locally up to 9 inches has fallen across the warned area.

* Creeks that are experiencing significant flooding include Beaver, Larb, Peoples, Cottonwood, Assiniboine, Alkali, And Whitewater.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions...

Turn around...don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route.

Flooding is occurring or is imminent. It is important to know where you are relative to streams, rivers or creeks which can become killers in heavy rains. Hunters should avoid streams or creeks.

From The National Weather Service Facebook page:
The Milk River forecast at Glasgow now shows major flooding possible. We have been working with Valley County and the City of Glasgow for the last 4 days on preparing for the rising water.

What does major flooding mean? Here are the known impacts we have:

-6th Ave Bridge just SW of Glasgow (and homes/farms down that road) will be cut off.

-Sullivan Park will be completely underwater

-Rahlf Lane will have water going across, and the homes in that area will see water into the driveways

-Whately Road will be underwater 7 miles east of Glasgow

-Livestock yard/feedlot south of Glasgow will be isolated/partially underwater

-Homes around the Highway 24 bridge will see water in the driveways, possibly up to the foundations.

If you are in an area that is prone to flooding, take some time to review how to prepare for flooding: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/flood#Prepare

Friday, October 7th 2016
Community Cash Kick-off Is October 14
The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture will hold a Community Cash Kick-off on Friday, October 14th.

On that day only, the Chamber will pay the application fee for the annual loan program.

With the Community Cash program, you may borrow up to $1,000 from these financial institutions:
First Community Bank in Glasgow and Hinsdale
Valley Bank in Glasgow
Independence Bank in Glasgow
(Equal Opportunity Lenders, members FDIC)

How it works:
1. Fill out a loan application at one of the 4 participating financial institutions
2. The loan is payable in 10 monthly installments; you pay no interest, only a $10 fee to cover a portion of the paperwork.
3. The script can be used until December 24, 2016. Thereafter, you have until January 5, 2017 to turn in your unused script to the bank for full credit.
4. When your loan is approved, you will receive special Community Cash script which you can spend in any of the participating Community Cash businesses.
5. The last day to apply for Community Cash is December 23, 2016.
6. Wells Fargo will accept Community Cash deposits from the MEMBER merchants.
7. Merchant MUST be a Chamber member to accept Community Cash script.

Thursday, October 6th 2016
Corps Public Meeting Is Friday
Fall public meetings will be held in five cities throughout the basin during the first week of October to discuss the draft report and take comments on the proposed Annual Operating Plan.

The comment period on the draft AOP will close on November 11. The public meetings will include a presentation from the Corps regarding 2016 operations and plans for regulating the reservoir system in 2017, followed by a question and answer session.

Friday, Oct. 7 – Fort Peck, MT
Start time: 10 a.m. (MDT)
Fort Peck Interpretative Center
Lower Yellowstone Rd.

Wednesday, October 5th 2016
FWP Salmon Spawn On Fort Peck Reservoir Has Begun
Fisheries crews began collecting adult Chinook salmon starting last week in hopes of collecting a large number of eggs, which will be raised to juveniles and released back into the reservoir in 2017. Crews are using electrofishing boats and targeting areas near the dam throughout October. Salmon do not naturally reproduce in Fort Peck Reservoir, making these efforts critical to the continuation of this fishery.

“Even though salmon have been observed in relatively shallow areas during the past few weeks, ideal spawning activity has yet to take place,” said Heath Headley, Fort Peck Reservoir biologist. “Similar to walleye, salmon spawning activity peaks when all the right conditions take place; primarily water temperatures and timing.”

Ideal spawning temperatures are when water temperatures reach 55 degrees, which typically occurs around mid-October. This is also when crews see both the most fish and best egg quality. Early-on egg quality isn’t as good due to warmer water temperatures, as Chinook salmon are a coldwater fish which require colder water for proper egg development. Water surface temperatures have been averaging 62 degrees over the last couple weeks.

Salmon were first introduced into For 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. Crews are hoping for a good egg-collection year as salmon numbers, and size, caught by anglers have been quite good.

“Compared to last year, the salmon caught this year have been larger,” said Headley. “This is due to a large year class that is continuing to grow and mature. Anglers may recall a large number of smaller, mature males last season. Much of this has to do with males maturing at an earlier age then females which is typical in most fish species.” Early indications suggest that there are larger fish with more females present, and most fish are averaging around 15 pounds.

Once the fish are collected, they are transferred to the Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery. Egg and milt are then extracted from females and males, respectively, and successfully fertilized offspring will be reared over the winter.

Please be aware of fisheries crews and their electrofishing efforts, as they may be near areas where angling activities are taking place. The salmon tend to congregate in areas where they were initially released. Snagging for salmon began on Saturday, Oct. 1. If there are any questions concerning the salmon spawning egg-take efforts, please call reservoir biologist Heath Headley at 526-3471.

Wednesday, October 5th 2016
Drunk Driving Suspected In Roosevelt County Crash
(From KTVQ)
Drunk driving is suspected in a deadly crash in Roosevelt County early Wednesday morning that claimed the life of a Wolf Point man.

The crash occurred on Secondary Highway 250 near Wolf Point around 12:10 a.m., according to Montana Highway Patrol.

The 45-year-old man was northbound in a 2013 Chevrolet Captiva when he for some reason crossed the southbound lane and left the roadway.

The vehicle went into a ditch before going airborne and rolling.

The Montana Highway Patrol reports the man was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

A 35-year-old female passenger from Poplar was wearing a seat belt.

She was transported to the Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point before being flown to a Billings hospital.

Her injuries were not disclosed.

The patrol reports that alcohol and speed are both considered factors in the crash.

The driver’s name has not been released.

Tuesday, October 4th 2016
Colstrip Man Charged With 6th DUI
A Colstrip man, Shane Whitish, has been charged with his 6th DUI according to Valley County Undersheriff Vernon Buerkle.

Whitish was arrested and charged after he was stopped in his vehicle on Montana Highway #24 South early Monday morning.

Buerkle told Kltz/Mix-93 that this is the 6th offense of DUI committed by Whitish.

Whitish is 43 years old and is currently incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center. Bond has been set at $5000.

Whtish also has a warrant out of Yellowstone County in the amount of $20,000 on the charge of criminal endangerment and DUI.

Tuesday, October 4th 2016
Glasgow Has Received 1.36 Inches Of Rain As Of 8am

...48 hour Rainfall Reports from across Northeast Montana...

Location Amount

...Dawson County...
Glendive Airport 0.36 in
Glendive Water Plant. 0.36 in

...Garfield County...
Devils Creek Rec Area 6ese 2.81 in
Cat Creek 13 NE 2.53 in
Mosby 16.3nne 0.50 in

...McCone County...
Weldon 4w 0.64 in
Wolf Point 5ese 0.20 in

...Petroleum County...
Winnett 16n/dry Blood Creek 3.23 in

...Phillips County...
Malta 4.7ene 4.68 in
Manning Corral Dogtown 4.22 in
Zortman 1w 3.62 in

...Prairie County...
Mccloud 13wnw/big Sheep Mtn 0.24 in
Calypso 3ssw 0.21 in

...Richland County...
Brockton 20 S 0.60 in
Savage 3.4n 0.48 in
Savage 0.47 in
Sidney 2 S 0.35 in

...Roosevelt County...
Bredette 4E 1.81 in
Wolf Point 34ne 1.65 in
Brockton 13 NW 1.19 in
Wolf Point 29ene 1.16 in
Bredette 4w 0.91 in
Poplar Raws 0.83 in
Froid 0.74 in
Wolf Point Airport 0.63 in
Bredette 0.62 in
Culbertson 0.49 in

...Sheridan County...
Plentywood 1.67 in
Plentywood 1.67 in
Homestead 5 E 0.88 in
3 E Homestead 0.88 in
Medicine Lake 1ese 0.06 in

...Valley County...
Saco 6ene 2.34 in
King Coulee 2.15 in
Glasgow 4se 2.13 in
Duck Creek Fishing 2.00 in
Thoeny 1wsw/bluff Creek 1.73 in
Glasgow WFO 1.36 in
Thoeny 7ne 1.33 in
Glasgow 1e 1.13 in
Whatley 4ese 0.71 in

...Wibaux County...
Wibaux 2 E 1.03 in
Hoyt 16ese/pine Hill 0.64 in

Tuesday, October 4th 2016
Region 6 Block Management Program Going Strong, Coordinator Tim Potter Receives Award
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park’s Region 6 Block Management program is going strong again for the 2016 hunting season.

“For 2016, Region 6 has 336 Block Management Area (BMA) contracts totaling 1,116,733 private acres, making up 179 BMAs, and providing enhanced access to almost 200,000 public land acres,” said Potter. “Twenty new properties were enrolled in Region 6 this year, totaling 54,032 acres. We want to thank all of the landowners contributing to the BMA program.”

Potter, who has been with Region 6 for 11 years, including three as Coordinator, recently received a Montana Hunting Heritage Award, for his ‘exceptional work in helping develop and deliver the Block Management Hunting Access Program.’ Potter says he was honored to receive the award, but he feels the he is only part of the success of the program.

“All our biologists, wardens, technicians, office staff, and especially landowners are what make this program work,” said Potter. “It really is a collective effort.”

Block Management Hunting Guides, both the hard copy and web version, became available August 14. To get a guide sent to you, call any FWP office and request one.

To follow the Block Management program in Region 6, be sure check out the Region 6 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MontanaFWP.R6 for updates. Every Monday throughout the season, Potter will be highlighting BMAs across Region 6.

Tuesday, October 4th 2016
East Region Block Management Area
Monday, October 3rd 2016
Senator Steve Daines To Visit Glasgow On Tuesday
BOZEMAN, Mont. — This week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines will tour eastern Montana with stops in Malta, Glasgow, Scobey, Westby, Plentywood, Culbertson, Sidney, Glendive, Wibaux, Baker, Ekalaka, Broadus and Ashland to talk jobs, ag and economic opportunities.

Members of the press are welcome to attend. For more information or to confirm attendance, please email Katie_Waldman@daines.senate.gov <mailto:Katie_Waldman@daines.senate.gov> or call 202-774-8034.

Daines' schedule is below:

Tuesday, October 4:

Malta: Daines will have breakfast with the Rotary Club along with local officials.

WHERE: Great Northern Restaurant; 2 S 1st St E, Malta, MT

Glasgow: Daines will meet with local elected officials, community leaders and constituents.

WHERE: Farm Equipment Sales Inc. (FES), 54275 US-2, Glasgow, MT
WHEN: 9:30AM

Scobey: Daines will meet with Daniels County Commissioners and local elected officials.

WHERE: Daniels County Courthouse, 213 Main Street, Scobey, MT

Westby: Daines will be touring Westby School, meeting and interacting with high school students, and then meeting with faculty and school board members to hear about the challenges of rural education, especially teacher retention and recruitment.

WHERE: Westby School (k-12), 101 5th Ave E, Westby, MT

Plentywood: Daines will meet with local elected officials and community leaders.

WHERE: Sheridan County Courthouse (Bicentennial Room); 100 West Laurel Ave, Plentywood, MT
WHEN: 3:30PM

Culbertson: Daines to tour United Grain Company facility.

WHERE: 111 1st Ave SW, Culbertson, MT
WHEN: 5:45PM

Wednesday, October 5:

Sidney: Daines will meet with local sugar beet growers and learn more about how the sugar factory operates.

WHERE: Sidney Sugars, 35140 CR 125, Sidney, MT
* Directions: Driving east on CR 125 (E Holly St), take a right into facility, sign in at guard shack. After signing in, take a right and proceed to main offices. Enter main offices through the front door, take right into conference room.
WHEN: 8:30AM

Sidney: Daines will host a roundtable discussion to discuss law enforcement needs, coordination, and approaches to combating the continuing criminal activity in the Bakken region, as well as the need for the temporary FBI agent presence in Sidney to be made permanent. Federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies will be in attendance.

WHERE: Richland County Law Enforcement Center, 300 12th Ave NW, Sidney, MT
WHEN: 11:30AM

Sidney: Daines will tour Intake Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project Diversion Dam and receive a briefing on the project’s status.

WHERE: LYIP Office, 2327 Lincoln Ave. SE, Sidney, MT
WHEN: 1:00PM

Glendive: Daines will tour International Trading Company’s (ITC) new pulse processing facility in Glendive.

WHERE: ITC Pulse Facility, just north of Glendive on the east side of Highway 16
WHEN: 2:15PM

Wibaux: Daines will meet with local elected officials and community leaders.

WHERE: Wibaux County Courthouse, 203 South Wibaux St, Wibaux, MT
WHEN: 3:30PM

Baker: Daines will meet with local elected officials and community leaders.

WHERE: The Tavern: 11 S. Main Street, Baker, MT 59313
WHEN: 6:30PM

Thursday, October 6

Ekalaka: Daines will meet with local elected officials and community leaders.

WHERE: Wagon Wheel Café: 211 Main Street, Ekalaka, MT 59324
WHEN: 7:00AM

Broadus: Daines will meet with local elected officials and community leaders.

WHERE: Powder River County Commissioners Office: 119 North Park Ave., Broadus, MT 59317
WHEN: 12:45PM

Ashland: Daines will tour Ashland District of Custer Gallatin National Forest.

WHERE: Ashland Ranger District Office: 2378 Hwy 212, Ashland, MT 59003
WHEN: 3:00PM

Friday, September 30th 2016
Glasgow Chamber Of Commerce To Honor Agriculture, Volunteers
Join the Chamber on October 1 for the Inaugural Appreciation Banquet and Night of Honors

GLASGOW, September 12, 2016 - Set amidst an agricultural powerhouse, Glasgow is a community made even better by the sheer willingness of its citizens to stand up and volunteer. In an effort to honor both, the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture (Chamber) will be hosting its inaugural Ag Appreciation Dinner and Night of Honors on October 1, 2016.

You are invited to join us for dinner at the Valley Event Center. Doors will open at 5:30 for a no-host waterhole and, at 6:30, dinner will be served. The night’s entertainment will include a program with emcee Haylie Shipp focusing on celebrating our agriculture industry and the countless volunteers that make so many of our area events possible. After dinner, attendees are welcome to dance the night away to Miles City’s “Yellowstone Drifters.”

This event replaces the Chamber’s Annual Banquet and is open to everyone. Businesses are encouraged to buy tables for the event, hosting their agricultural clients. Nonprofits are also encouraged to reserve tables and share the stage in honoring their volunteers. Individual tickets are for sale but, before purchasing their own, area farmers and ranchers are urged to contact the Chamber.

Tickets may be available to them, free of charge, courtesy of area businesses.

We hope you join us for a night of fun and fellowship as we honor area farmers, ranchers, and volunteers! Please contact the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce at 228-2222 for more details.

Friday, September 30th 2016
Glasgow Has Second Biggest Water Year
According to the National Weather Service office in Glasgow, Glasgow had its second biggest water year in 2015-16.

Water years are measured from October - September, and as of today, the National Weather Service has recorded 20.31 inches.

The record was set in 2010-11, with 23.32 inches.

2010-11 23.32 inches
2015-16 20.31 inches
1937-38 20.06 inches
1949-50 20.04 inches
1922-23 19.35 inches

Thursday, September 29th 2016
Montana Minimum Wage Increasing On January 1st
Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate increase to $8.15 per hour beginning January 1, 2017. An estimated 3,323 workers, or approximately 1.2 percent of the workforce, receive minimum wage.

“By tying our minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U), we are making sure that Montana families are keeping pace with inflation,” said Labor & Industry Commissioner, Pam Bucy. “Through an increased minimum wage, our workforce will be able to have more purchase power in their local communities.”

In 2015, the industry with the largest number of workers earning minimum wage was the accommodations and food industry followed by the retail trade industry. Combined Food and Preparation Workers, Waiters and Waitresses, Cashiers, Bartenders, and Retail Salespersons are occupations with large numbers of minimum wage workers.

“Minimum wage workers are a valuable and important segment of our workforce,” said Bucy. “Over half of all workers earning minimum wage are over the age of 25, and over 60 percent of our state’s minimum wage earners are women.”

39-3-409 MCA requires the Department of Labor & Industry to adjust the Montana minimum wage for inflation using the CPI-U.

This figure is arrived at by taking the current minimum wage of $8.05 and increasing it by the CPI-U increase from August of 2015 to August 2016. The CPI-U increased by 1.095% over the year ending August 2016. To keep the minimum wage at the same purchasing power as the prior year, the wage should increase by $0.09 per hour. The resulting wage is $8.139. 39-3-409, MCA specifies that the wage must be rounded to the nearest 5 cents making it $8.15.

Information relating to Montana’s minimum wage may be downloaded from DLI’s website at www.mtwagehourbopa.com.

Thursday, September 29th 2016
Daines Announces $198,506 For Educational Training For Fort Peck Community College
U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $198,506.00 in funding for Fort Peck Community College to help train new farmers and ranchers and building on their existing curriculum, especially tailoring it to the Fort Peck community.

“Our ag industry is of critical importance to our state, and our farmers play a key role in feeding not only Montana, but the world,” Daines stated. “It’s important that we support the next generation of Montana farmers and ranchers and I’m glad to see the Fort Peck community have the opportunity to utilize these resources.”

Haven Gourneau, President, Fort Peck Community College: “Fort Peck Community College is excited and honored to be selected as a recipient of the USDA Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program grant. FPCC is ready to put into action the unique and exciting agricultural related activities proposed in the grant. Building and increasing capacity in the area of agriculture has been in the forefront of FPCC’s community commitment and will continue to be a major goal of ours.”

The funding is made available through the United States Department of Agriculture Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program and administered by USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO).
Wednesday, September 28th 2016
Private Airplane Makes Emergency Landing On Highway 2 East Of Nashua
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 that a private airplane traveling between Minot, North Dakota and Kalispell, Montana had to make an emergency landing east of Nashua on Highway #2 after running out of gas. The emergency landing took place just before 1pm.

Sheriff Meier said the pilot misjudged his fuel and had to bring the plane down on a stretch of Highway #2. He then alerted local authorities and moved the plane off of the highway.

The plane was a 177 Cessna registered to Cardinal Club LLC.

Fuel arrived from a Valley County Airport fuel truck at 2pm on Wednesday and the plane was airborne again nearly 30 minutes later. The plane used Highway #2 as a runway to takeoff and continue his flight to Kalispell.

Highway #2 was shut down for a short time while the airplane took off. The Montana Department of Transportation, Montana Highway Patrol and the Valley County Sheriff's Office were involved in the incident.

Wednesday, September 28th 2016
Upland Game Bird Council To Meet In Plentywood
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to invite the public to attend a meeting with the Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program (UGBEP) Advisory Council in Plentywood on Oct. 3 and 4. The Council will meet to review habitat enhancement activities that occurred during the 2016 field season.

The 12-member Council is made up of upland game bird hunters, landowners, conservationists, a chamber of commerce representative, an upland game bird biologist, and two state legislators. The Council reviews annual UGBEP activities, then provides feedback and recommends rules to FWP to help improve the program.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting, beginning at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in the Jubilee room at the Sheridan County Courthouse, located at 100 W. Laurel Ave, Plentywood. There will be a public comment period on Monday at 5 p.m., and the meeting on Tuesday will run from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28th 2016
Bass Tournament At Hell Creek Cancelled, Rescheduled for October
The Eastern Montana Bass Association tournament that was scheduled for Sept. 24-25, 2016 on Ft Peck Reservoir was changed due to heavy wind and rain on the date of the event. The rescheduled date for the tournament, based out of Hell Creek Marina, is Oct. 15-16, 2016.

For additional information, please contact tournament director Benny Wiles at 406-629-0822.
Wednesday, September 28th 2016
Fox Lake Wildlife Management Area Dry, No Opportunity For Waterfowl
Photo credit, Ryan Williamson of FWP, showing dry conditions at Fox Lake WMA

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are letting hunters know that the Fox Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is currently dry and will offer no opportunity for waterfowl hunting this coming season. There will also be restricted access in the WMA, but some hunting opportunity is available for other species.

"With lower water levels, there may be more of an opportunity to hunt pheasant and deer on the WMA," said Ryan Williamson, area biologist. "There has been a good production of cattails, bulrushes and other early succession vegetation on the dikes and across the pools that will provide great cover for other wildlife."

Fox Lake had several necessary repairs done last year, after recent high water years damaged many of the existing structures and dikes. "We hope to begin holding more water once the new dikes have healed up and we feel safe with water pressing against them," added Williamson.

Gates at the parking areas will continue to be locked for the season, but access is still available. "We don’t want any off road use on the new dikes, so the WMA gates will be locked this fall to restrict vehicle use."

The gates will also be locked in the spring and summer months to protect the habitats and wildlife. Walk-in hunting or day-use is encouraged from any of the three main entrances around the WMA.

Wednesday, September 28th 2016
Press Release From Valley View Home
During the weekend of September 17th the Valley View Home Board of Directors and key management staff met in a board retreat and strategic planning session. Through the course of the day the members in attendance reviewed the history of Valley View. The Board and administration analyzed the challenges of staffing the facility during a time of decreased State support through Medicaid. These financial issues are common to all of the long term care facilities in the State of Montana.

During the discussion local population statistics, employment trends, and the long term demand for Nursing Home beds were addressed. Recent problems in the state survey process gave rise to a discussion about the work culture and challenges of constructing a work force that was oriented toward quality care.

Of equal concern as discussed with the board was the need to focus on building improvements and addressing maintenance that has been deferred for a number of years.

At the conclusion of the meeting the primary focus was on limiting admissions to the facility while the existing staff are being trained and become focused on quality care. The biggest staffing challenge for Valley View has been the working to limit the number of traveling staff used to operate the facility. The Board and administration have set long term goals to recruit and train local staff to increase the resident census with less reliance on traveling staff and without compromising Valley View’s reputation for quality care.

Brian Fuhrman Board chairman stated that he was pleased with the progress that was made on Saturday, which was shared by all of the Board members. Karly Kruckenberg commented that is was a good working session and she was pleased to see the open dialogue between the Board and management.

A formalized work plan based on the goals identified in the planning session will be presented at the next Board meeting for adoption by the Board. Valley View Home wishes to assure the public that Valley View is committed to providing quality long term care for our local residents for many years to come.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016
Student In McCone County Diagnosed With Mumps, A Viral Infection
One student in McCone County has been diagnosed with mumps, a viral infection. The student attends Circle Public Schools and was vaccinated. The McCone County PHD is working closely with local providers and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to identify persons most at risk for contracting mumps and to implement control measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). McCone County PHD is also working to determine the source of the infection.

It is important to remember that the majority of children have been vaccinated as recommended by the CDC and required by MT State Law. Two MMR vaccinations confer protection to 80-90% of the vaccinated population.

Mumps is a viral disease characterized by swelling of the parotid or salivary glands along the face, neck and jaw which can last from two to 10 days. The incubation period (the time from when you were infected to when you have symptoms) is 12-25 days. Other symptoms include fever, malaise (tiredness), muscle aches and headache. Up to 25% of people with mumps may have few or even no symptoms.

Anyone who may have been exposed and who develop swelling along the face and jaw and a fever are strongly urged to stay home from school, work, sports and ALL public gatherings for five days after the symptoms start. You should also seek medical care as soon as possible to be properly diagnosed. There is no cure for mumps. The vast majority of those infected recover with bed rest, fluids and fever reduction measures.

Mumps is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person. Saliva can be passed thru the sharing of straws, spoons, forks, cups, cans, bottles and even lip gloss. Mumps is most commonly spread when an infected person sneezes or coughs, and a non-infected person inhales respiratory droplets containing the virus.

The most important thing a person can do to protect themselves is vaccination. Mumps can be a very serious disease with lifelong complications for some people. Two MMRs given a minimum of 30 days apart confers protection for most people. Those born before 1957 are considered immune. MMR cannot be given until an infant is 12 months old so it is important to protect those who can’t protect themselves….. Infants, elderly, medically and immune compromised persons.

Call the McCone County Public Health Dept at 485-2444 for more information.

Monday, September 26th 2016
Valley County Health Department is partnering with Care Van to offer mobile flu shot clinics throughout area
GLASGOW, MT — The Valley County Health Department is kicking off the 2016 flu shot season by partnering with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana Care Van program on mobile flu shot clinics in the Glasgow area.

The clinics will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Fort Peck Town (9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.), Nashua Senior Center (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Glasgow at Hwy 2 near Albertson’s (1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.) and the Hinsdale Legion Hall (3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Insurance is not required for the event, but the Health Department asks that if you have insurance to please bring your card, as well as wear a short-sleeved shirt.

Valley County Health Department and the Care Van program are working together in an effort to provide a convenient option for people to receive their annual flu shot. Valley County Health Department officials are urging individuals to receive their flu shot right away as the best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.

Valley County Health Department reports, last year in Valley County there were 23 reported cases of influenza. In Montana the season total include 4,734 cases, 433 hospitalizations, and 33 deaths attributed to influenza.

The Care Van is a mobile immunization unit that travels throughout Montana, partnering with local health departments and other providers to improve access to immunizations in rural and underserved areas. Care Van teams up with community health officials to administer vaccines at no cost, or low cost, to patients.

“The program is looking forward to working with Valley County for a second consecutive year to help improve access to care in the Glasgow area,” Care Van administrator Bryan Haines said. “Care Van is part of our commitment to invest in the health and wellness of all Montana communities.”

Please contact the Valley County Health Department at (406) 228-6261 for more information on the upcoming clinics or for more information on receiving immunizations at the health department.

Thursday, September 22nd 2016
Montana Missouri River Country
Tourism matters to Northeast Montana

Missouri River Country is Montana’s northeastern tourism region. It covers Garfield, McCone, Phillips, Valley, Sheridan, Daniels, Richland and Roosevelt Counties along with the Fort Peck Reservation. A Board of Directors appointed by their respective County Commissioners manages the organization.

The economic impact of tourism to the state continues to grow. Tourism is one of Montana’s leading industries with more than 11 million non-resident visitors in 2015 and supporting over 63,000 jobs. These non-resident visitors spent $3.66 billion and generated $201 million in state and local taxes, which lowered taxes on each Montana household by over $492.

Missouri River Country assists in bringing visitors to Northeast Montana by marketing our area as a destination for the outdoor adventurist, geotourist, history buffs, Native American Culturists, Dinosaur Trail followers, hunters, fishermen, and women and the overall recreationists. One of our marketing methods is to attend trade shows. We distribute information at these shows and assist attendees to plan a vacation or hunting or fishing trip to our northeast corner of the state. We are currently in the process of seeking out shows in our target market areas to bring more visitation to Northeast Montana.

Since 2010 annual nonresident spending has increased by over 52%. Businesses in Northeast Montana can benefit from these non-resident travelers.

As your Northeast Tourism Region we offer several ways to help you promote your business. We have a Cooperative Marketing Grant to non-profit, tourism related organizations and work with you through the process with funding and support. The application and guidelines can be found on our website.

For more information on Missouri River Country, please contact the office at 1-800-653-1319 or to sign up to receive our free Missouri River Country Travel Guide, or our quarterly newsletter visit our website at http://www.missouririver.visitmt.com or contact the Missouri River Country tourism office, 1-800-653-1319 or write to P.O. Box 118, Fort Peck, MT 59223. Also, like us on Face Book, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

Wednesday, September 21st 2016
Glasgow School Trustee, Mona Amundson, To Receive Award From Montana School Boards Association.
The Marvin Heintz Award is bestowed on those individuals who have reached the highest level of trustee certification through the School Board Academy Program for the training you have taken.

The Montana School Boards Association knows the dedication and commitment to public education involved to reach this level and are honored to give Mona Amundson of Glasgow this award.

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 8:00 a.m., immediately prior to the opening general session of the MCEL Conference.

Tuesday, September 20th 2016
Glasgow School Enrollment Sees Increase Of 25 Students
The Glasgow School District enrollment has increased 25 students compared to this time last year according to an enrollment comparison released by the district.

At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, Glasgow had an enrollment of 813 students. At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year the enrollment stood at 838.

There is an even bigger increase when compared to the enrollment at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Glasgow had an enrollment of just 792 in May of this year. This compares to the 838 students enrolled in August of this school year.

The largest increase is in the Kindergarten class which had a class of 46 at the end of the last school year but this years Kindergarten class is 68 students.

Tuesday, September 20th 2016
Gubernatorial Debate Now Online
Kltz and Farm Equipment Sales provided live coverage of the gubernatorial debate between Governor Steve Bullock and his challenger Greg Gianforte last night in Billings. If you missed the debate you can listen to an archived version of the debate here:


Monday, September 19th 2016
North Dakota oil production outlook poor for rest of 2016
North Dakota’s oil production was flat in July, a bit better than expected, but the outlook is still poor for the rest of 2016.

The nation’s second largest oil-producing state pumped out 1.03 million barrels per day during July, up 0.2 percent over June. “We were expecting there might be some decline,” Lynn Helms, head of North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources, told reporters in a web conference on Friday.

Enough new wells came online — North Dakota in July hit an all-time high for the number of producing wells — to keep production above 1 million barrels per day. “I think psychologically that’s a significant number,” Helms said.

But with oil prices in the doldrums — a condition expected to last through the year — Helms expects monthly production to dip below the 1 million barrel mark within the next couple of months.

Oil prices began plummeting in 2014, and the world has been awash in a supply glut since. The price of West Texas Intermediate Crude, the U.S. benchmark, closed at $43.03 a barrel on Friday, hitting a one-month low. Sustained prices must be in the $50 to $60 range to spark more activity in the Bakken range.

U.S. and world oil inventories are at levels that should keep oil in its current price range through the rest of the year, Helms said.

Not surprisingly, oil companies continue to contain investments in drilling rigs to scout new wells. North Dakota’s rig count today is 33, up from June’s mark of 28, but far below the all-time high of 218 in May 2012.

Oil companies “are making just the minimum amount of capital expenditures they need to make,” Helms said.

He said that the cost of completing a new well in North Dakota has fallen over the past few years from between $10 million and $11 million to the $6.5 million to $7.5 million range. That’s due to discounts from oil field service companies and lower costs for inputs like sand, a key ingredient in the fracking process, he said.

However, well costs in southern U.S. oil fracking regions are $5.5 million to $6.5 million. So, oil companies investment dollars are more likely to go there than to North Dakota.

“North Dakota operators are making deals in other [oil] basins,” Helms said. “We are seeing capital reallocated to the Permian [basin in Texas and southeastern New Mexico] and Oklahoma.”

Monday, September 19th 2016
Gubernatorial Debate Set To Be Broadcast Tonight On Kltz
Kltz will air the Montana Gubernatorial Debate tonight between Governor Steve Bullock and his challenger Greg Gianforte.

The debate will be held in Billings and is sponsored locally by Farm Equipment Sales.

The debate begins at 7pm.

Monday, September 19th 2016
Two Rivers Economic Growth’s Annual Membership & Planning Luncheon Is Tuesday
Two Rivers Economic Growth’s Annual Membership & Planning Luncheon will be Tuesday, September 20th from 12noon-1p.m. at the Cottonwood Inn.
Lunch will be a French Dip buffet for $10 per person.

Two Rivers invites the community & all Members to join in planning the 2017 Projects. They want to hear from YOU & what you would like to see/change/bring to Valley County.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Monday, September 19th 2016
Busted Knuckle Brewery To Receive Family Business Day Award From Montana State University
BOZEMAN — Six businesses based in Montana will receive Family Business Day awards at the 2016 Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance Family Business Day, set for Friday, Oct. 7, at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn in Bozeman.

The 2016 Family Business Day award winners are: Elliotts of Montana of Bozeman in the very small business category (fewer than 10 employees); MARS Stout of Missoula in the small business category (10-30 employees); Wild West Shirt Company of Bozeman in the medium business category (30-50 employees); General Distributing of Great Falls in the large business category (more than 50 employees); Cooper Hereford Ranch of Willow Creek in the old business category (operating at least 50 years); and Busted Knuckle Brewery of Glasgow in the new business category (operating 10 or fewer years).

Information about each winning family business will be shared during the awards reception.

Dan Rust, a State Farm Insurance agent based in Bozeman, will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon held prior to the award’s ceremony. Rust’s presentation, “Being a good neighbor is all about family,” will focus on the family history of the founders of State Farm Insurance. It will also include information about how he has personally observed family businesses succeed. Rust worked for a paper company before beginning his State Farm Agency in Bozeman in 1982. He graduated from Eastern Montana College in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in business and a minor in economics.

The public is invited to attend the keynote luncheon and awards ceremony, with check-in beginning at 11 a.m. A $20 registration is required. RSVPs are requested by Friday, Sept. 30. For more information or to register, contact Anna Reardon at 994-6195 or familybusiness@montana.edu.

The Montana Family Business program is in its 23nd year. The MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and State Farm Insurance, in honor of Robert Jaedicke, host the program. Additional support for the program has been provided by the Montana Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, September 16th 2016
Homecoming Parade
Homecoming Coronation at 1:00 PM GHS Auditorium
Parade lineup at 2:10 p.m. at the Civic Center/Fire Dept.
Parade starts at 2:30 p.m.

Download Parade Route Map

Wednesday, September 14th 2016
Hi-Line Technology Round-Up Coming To Malta
Can you think of an aspect of your life that is not impacted by technology? Whether at home, work, on the ranch or in school, we use technology daily. Rural life in Montana is no different, and the HiLine Technology Round Up, in Malta on September 22nd, wants to show you just that.

This one day, free event, includes panel discussions, concurrent sessions and trade show displays, all focused on technology and geared to inspire our rural future. The panel discussions focus on Technologies Impacting Agriculture, Business and Education, Youth in Technology and Living Remote in the New Rural Economy, with speakers from MT High Tech Business Alliance, Ranchlogs, AHEC, Girlzilla and others. Concurrent sessions showcase presentations from the Montana Cooperative Development Center, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Montana Manufacturing Extension, Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Big Sky Code Academy, HarlemUnitedF1 and Montana Telehealth. Trade show booths include the Google Advantage Lab, National Weather Service, and Setting Up Popular Apps.

The HiLine Technology Round Up will be held at the Malta Business Center from 12pm-6pm on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Admission is free, but RSVP is encouraged through our website below.

There are still sponsorship and trade show booths available. Please contact us at malta@itstriangle.com, 406-654-1776 or http://www.HiLineTechnology.com for more information or to advertise with us. Find us on Facebook at HiLine Technology Round Up.


The HiLine Technology Round Up is sponsored by the Malta Technology Committee and funded through a grant by Triangle Communications. This committee is made up of business owners, non-profit leaders, government, education, agriculture, Chamber of Commerce and PhillCo Economic Development representatives with the mission to promote technology and new economies in the Malta and Phillips County area, that inspire our rural future.
Tuesday, September 13th 2016
Suspect In Pick-up Theft Tied To Other Area Burglaries
The Glasgow Police Department has linked a suspect in an auto theft with other area burglaries.

Adam Jacob Kelley, a 42 year old Glasgow man, originally from Yellowstone County was arrested for allegedly stealing a pick-up from a local ranch on Saturday night. It was driven to Jordan and another vehicle stolen there.

He was later arrested in Musselshell County.

The Glasgow Police Department has identified two other burglary victims who had tools stolen from their residences in north Glasgow.

The investigation is continuing and we'll have more details as they become available.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016
Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums Homecoming Weekend Schedule
Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums will play at all the following locations:

Friday, September 16:
2:30 p.m. Homecoming Parade, downtown Glasgow
6 p.m. Scottie Booster Club Tailgate Party @ GHS
7 p.m. Glasgow Homecoming Football Game & Half-Time Show @ GHS

Saturday, September 17:
7-11 a.m. Kiwanis Breakfast (band plays @ 9 a.m.)
10 a.m. Band playing @ Valley View Nursing Home
10:30 a.m. Band playing @ Nemont Manor
11 a.m. Band plays at Prairie Ridge & lunch
3 p.m. Varsity Volleyball Game @ GHS

Saturday's Pub Crawl:
4:30-5:15 p.m. Busted Knuckle Brewery
5:30-6:15 p.m. Sunnyside
6:30-7:15 p.m. Elks Club
7:20-8:05 p.m. Stockman Bar
8:10-8:55 p.m. Alley's Place
9:00-9:45 p.m. Montana
10-10:45 p.m. Durum Restaurant
11:00 p.m.-End Cottonwood Inn

Tuesday, September 13th 2016
Early Chill Hits Northeast Montana
Glasgow's low of 27 this morning is the coldest this early in the fall since 1989 when it fell to 26 degrees on September 11th.
Tuesday, September 13th 2016
Financial Planning Workshop in Wolf Point On Wednesday
The Northeast Montana Small Business Development Center & Great Northern Development Corporation will have a Financial Planning Workshop at Great Northern Development, 233 Cascade Street in Wolf Point Wed. Sept. 14th from 2 – 4p.m.

All businesses & entrepreneurs should take this opportunity to attend this FREE event.

SBA Economic Development Specialist, John Donavan, is an expert in developing financial projections. He will focus on showing entrepreneurs & existing businesses how to develop financial projections & plan a budget for their businesses.

Come with your questions, project cost & estimated expenses. Learn how to put your own numbers into your business spreadsheets.

There is NO cost for this workshop & all businesses in the area are invited to attend. This workshop will not be available in Northeast Montana again this year, so please take this opportunity!

Register at sbdc@gndc.org.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016
Missouri Basin Runoff Below Average In August; Corps To Hold Public Meetings In Early October
OMAHA, Neb. – August runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, was 1.0 million acre feet (MAF), 76 percent of average, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). This marks the third consecutive month with below average runoff in the upper basin. The 2016 calendar year runoff forecast is 22.4 MAF, which is 89 percent of the historic average.

The total volume of water stored in the Mainstem Reservoir System on September 1 was 58.1 MAF, occupying 2.0 MAF of the 16.3 MAF combined flood control storage zones. “Water that was captured in the reservoirs during the spring and summer is being released during the drier months to serve navigation, irrigation and other authorized purposes,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

System storage peaked on June 22 at 60.1 MAF, occupying 25 percent of the available flood storage. The Corps is providing a full 8-month navigation season with full service flow support based on the July 1 storage check. Full service flow support is generally sufficient to provide a navigation channel that is 9 feet deep and 300 feet wide. Flow support for navigation service at the mouth of the Missouri River will end on December 1.

Based on the September 1 system storage, Gavins Point Dam winter release will be at least 17,000 cfs. This release rate is generally sufficient to meet the needs of downstream water intakes during the winter, but may be increased slightly during periods of ice formation on the lower river. Winter releases are normally near 17,000 cfs.

“Full service navigation support and normal winter releases should be sufficient to evacuate all water stored in the flood zones of the reservoirs prior to the start of next year’s runoff season,” said Farhat. ”However, releases will be adjusted as needed in response to changing basin conditions throughout the fall and winter.”

Draft Annual Operating Plan and Fall Public Meetings

In mid-September, the Corps will post the 2016-2017 Draft Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System on its website at http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/aop.html. Fall public meetings will be held in five cities throughout the basin during the first week of October to discuss the draft report and take comments on the proposed AOP. The comment period on the draft AOP will close on November 11. The public meetings will include a presentation from the Corps regarding 2016 operations and plans for regulating the reservoir system in 2017, followed by a question and answer session.

The public meetings will be conducted at the times and locations listed below.

Wednesday, Oct. 5 – Smithville, MO
Start time: 11 a.m. (CDT)
Jerry Litton Visitor Center
16311 DD Hwy

Wednesday, Oct. 5 – Council Bluffs, IA
Start time: 5 p.m. (CDT)
Western Historic Trails Center
3434 Richard Downing Ave.

Thursday, Oct. 6 – Pierre, SD
Start time: 11 a.m. (CDT)
Cultural Heritage Center
900 Governors Drive

Thursday, Oct. 6 – Bismarck, ND
Start time: 6 p.m. (CDT)
Bismarck State College, National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE), Bldg. 15, Rm 335
1200 Schafer Street

Friday, Oct. 7 – Fort Peck, MT
Start time: 10 a.m. (MDT)
Fort Peck Interpretative Center
Lower Yellowstone Rd.

Reservoir Forecasts

Gavins Point releases averaged 25,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) during August. Releases were reduced to 23,000 cfs in early September, and will be adjusted throughout the fall to meet navigation targets in reaches with commercial traffic. The Gavins Point reservoir ended August at elevation 1206.6 feet and will rise to near elevation 1207.5 feet during September.

Fort Randall Dam releases averaged 24,200 cfs in August. Releases were reduced slightly in early September in response to the reduction in Gavins Point releases, and will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired reservoir elevation at Gavins Point Dam, but no significant changes in releases are expected at this time. The reservoir ended August at elevation 1355.1 feet, falling 0.1 feet during the month. The reservoir is expected to end September near elevation 1353.5 feet. The reservoir is normally drawn down to 1337.5 feet in the fall to provide space for winter hydropower generation at Oahe and Big Bend. The annual drawdown will continue in October and November.

Big Bend Dam releases averaged 22,700 cfs in August. Releases are expected to average 20,600 cfs this month. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420.0 feet during September.

Oahe Dam releases averaged 24,500 cfs during August. Releases are expected to average 20,800 cfs in September. The reservoir ended August at elevation 1610.5 feet, falling 1.1 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to fall approximately 1 foot during September.

Garrison Dam releases averaged 20,100 cfs during the month. Releases will be reduced from the current release rate of 20,000 cfs to the fall rate of 13,000 cfs starting around September 15. With this release reduction the river stage at Bismarck will drop approximately 1.5 to 2.0 feet. Garrison reservoir ended August at elevation 1839.3 feet, falling 2.0 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to fall approximately 1 foot during September.

Fort Peck Dam releases averaged 8,000 cfs during August. Releases will be reduced from 8,000 cfs to 4,500 cfs starting around September 15. The reservoir ended August at elevation 2233.9 feet, down 1.2 feet during the month. The reservoir level is forecast to fall an additional 0.5 feet during September ending the month near elevation 2233.4 feet.

The forecast reservoir releases and elevations discussed above are not definitive. Additional precipitation, lack of precipitation or other circumstances could cause adjustments to the reservoir release rates.

The six mainstem power plants generated 820 million kWh of electricity in August. Typical energy generation for August is 997 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 7.8 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the normal of 10 billion kWh.

To view the detailed three-week release forecast for the mainstem dams, go to http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/twregfcast.pdf

Monday, September 12th 2016
GHS Homecoming Schedule
2016 Homecoming THEME is "Shear the Sheep"

GHS Dress up days:
Monday - Animal Day
Tuesday - Tacky Tourism Day
Wednesday - Movie Day
Thursday - Kid Day
Friday - Red/White Day

Car Parade/Bonfire
Lineup at El Cor Del @ 6:45 pm
Parade into town @ 7:00 pm
Bonfire to follow @ GHS
Homecoming Dance @ Scottie Field after Bonfire till 10:00 PM

Volleyball game vs. Malta C/JV/V starting at 4:00 p.m.

Homecoming Coronation at 1:00 PM GHS Auditorium
Parade lineup at 2:10 p.m. at the Civic Center/Fire Dept.
Parade starts at 2:30 p.m.
Football game vs. Big Timber 7:00 p.m.

Volleyball game vs. Poplar C/JV/V starting at 1:00 p.m.

Monday, September 12th 2016
Pick-up And Other Items Stolen From Ranch: Suspect Name Released
According to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier, on Saturday night a local ranch was burglarized and a pick-up stolen. It was driven to Jordan and another vehicle stolen there.

The individual eventually was arrested in Musselshell County, and is currently incarcerated there.

According to Sheriff Meier, most of items taken have been recovered. The pick-up was brought back to Glasgow on Sunday.

Adam Jacob Kelley, a 42 year old Glasgow man is originally from Yellowstone County. Charges are pending; he has an extensive background of theft, drug & DUI offenses.

Monday, September 12th 2016
Panel Questions $57 Million Project Meant To Help Endangered Fish
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government-commissioned study says there's "substantial risk" that a $57 million dam and fish bypass proposed on the Yellowstone River won't meet its goal of helping an ancient, endangered fish species.

An independent panel of scientists and engineers conducted the study for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

They say the agency provided no evidence the proposed bypass near the Montana-North Dakota border would help pallid sturgeon reach upstream spawning grounds.

The dinosaur-like fish for decades have been prevented from moving upstream by a rock weir that diverts river water for irrigation.

A judge blocked construction of the dam and bypass last year following concerns raised by wildlife advocates.

A group of government biologists has said removing the weir is the best way to help pallid sturgeon avoid extinction.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Friday, September 9th 2016
Recent GHS Educational Trust Awards Include First in Memory of Bob Rennick, Jr.
For half a century, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust has been offering financial aid to GHS alumni pursuing higher education. With each award, the trust reminds the recipient that it is a “gift” made possible by the generosity of hundreds of donors who value education and love this community. Recipients are always encouraged to return the favor, to “pay it forward,” by contributing to the trust when they are in a position to do so. This spirit of philanthropy and commitment to others was beautifully illustrated recently by a bequest from Robert “Bob” E. Rennick, Jr., of $21,069. 32, from his Montana Teachers Retirement System fund on his passing last May.

Bob Rennick, Jr., was a 1985 graduate of Glasgow High School. Encouraged by his teachers to pursue higher education, among them Kitty Lou Rusher, who would become his mentor, colleague, and close friend, Bob enrolled in Northern Montana College (now MSU-Northern). As is the case for so many students, both then and now, Bob needed all the financial help he could get, and he applied to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust for assistance. He was awarded gifts in 1986 and 1987 in memory of Florence Friedlund, a long-time Glasgow resident and philanthropist. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Northern in 1989 and accepted a teaching position in Winifred, Montana, that fall. In 1998, he returned to Glasgow where he taught high school English and coached Speech and Drama until 2007, when he became a guidance counselor at GHS. His Master’s Degree in Counseling, also from MSU-Northern, enabled him to teach English and psychology courses through the outreach program at Fort Peck Community College as well. He retired in 2014.

Sensitive and compassionate, Bob encouraged and aided students in coping with the challenges of adolescence and assisted them in finding their post-secondary paths. He never forgot the help he had received from others, and he advised his students to seek out all sources of support just as he had done to achieve his goals. He was a strong advocate for the Glasgow High School Educational Trust, as evidenced by his generous legacy.

Whenever the trust receives donations in the name of a particular individual that total $500 or more, a gift to a student or GHS is given in honor, recognition, or memory of that individual. Donations of $10,000 or more in the name of a particular individual entitle the donor to an annual naming opportunity in perpetuity. The trust is honored and grateful to add Robert “Bob” E. Rennick, Jr., to its permanent list of faithful Scotty supporters.

All donations to the trust of stock, cash, or real estate are administered by its Board of Trustees. Interest earned on its investments is used to give financial assistance to eligible alumni who meet all of the application requirements. With assets now valued over $5 million dollars, the trust has the ability to help dozens of students each year, who may reapply for assistance for a total of eight semesters toward a first degree. For example, for the 2015-2016 academic year alone, the trust granted a total of $184,500 to 47 students. In the 50 years since its first award, the trust has given $1,836,500 in financial aid to hundreds of different students attending colleges and trade schools across the nation.

In addition to the grants given to students, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust also purchases equipment and programs for GHS that cannot be financed within the regular budget. A total of 111 gifts have been made to GHS across all departments. Recent trust purchases include 3-D printers to support the Drafting and Design class within the STEM curriculum and the Anatomy and Physiology class in the science department. Other trust purchases include extensive improvements in the lighting and sound system of the auditorium. These gifts benefit all students and the public at large when they attend events at GHS or use its facilities. The total dollar amount of the trust’s purchases for GHS to date is $221,217.52.

Financial grants to students from the GHS Educational Trust are based primarily on need. Trust applicants that also apply for federal student aid should be aware that new rules for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are now in effect. According to information recently released by Reach Higher Montana, the FAFSA for the 2017-18 academic year will now be available on Oct 1, 2016, rather than January 1, 2017, and will allow students and their families to use income tax information from 2015. This will allow all students applying to the GHS Educational Trust who have also completed the FAFSA to include a signed and dated copy of their financial aid award acceptance letter with their GHS Educational Trust application. This will be a trust requirement effective for the October 15, 2016, application deadline and henceforth to enable the trustees to make fair assessments of need.

The application for financial aid from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust and other relevant information is available at http://ghsedutrust.org/. Application deadlines are July 1st of each year for both semesters of the upcoming academic year, and October 15th for the spring semester only.

At its recent semi-annual meeting, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust made the following gifts to students in honor, memory, or recognition of the individuals listed by their names:

First-time recipients:

Josephine Braaten, Minnesota State University-Mankato, IMO Harold H. and Irene W. Smith; Amy K. Breigenzer, University of North Dakota, IMO Russell “Rusty” Smith; Kaleb A. Cole, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Aaron “Chappy” Chatten; Edwin E. Daggett, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Wallace L. Johnson; Gage J. Legare, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Lila Moen Sanders and IHO Phyllis Moen Sanguine; Abby R. Mehling, Northern Michigan University, IMO James F. and Anne Hoffman; Tamrah K. Pewitt, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Ardis Parke Fuhrman; Kelsi M. Schultz, Miles Community College, IHO Sever and Esther Enkerud; Samuel L. Schultz, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Donald “Don” J. Baker; Luke G. Zeiger, Chadron State College, IMO Robert “Bob” E. Rennick, Jr.

Second-time recipients:

Shyla R. Bergtoll, Weber State University, IMO Ivy and Millie Knight; Whitney Billing, Western Governors University, IHO Beryl Pehlke; Alexandre M. Daggett, Minot State University, IMO Horace O. and Emma C. Gamas; Emma R. Fewer, University of Montana, IHO James and Ailene Dokken Olk; Madison V. Hansen, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Erik Walstad; Abigail C. Helland, MSU-Bozeman, IRO Tom and Flora Coghlan Family; Lane V. Herbert, University of North Dakota, IRO LeRoy and Bess Lockwood Family; Kylie Heringer, University of Colorado-Denver, IRO Ione and Phyllis Kleppin; Grant L. Legare, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Cecil and Chloe Toftness; Rose M. Reyling, Purdue University, IMO Arthur and Audrey Parke; Skyler Sallee, Appalachian Bible College, IMO Maxine Fiedler; Mariah Stein, Black Hills State University, IHO Everett and Elizabeth Breigenzer; Chloe Sukut, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Les, Lillian, and Mary Margarette Hanson; Lachlan Vaira, University of North Dakota, IMO Leonard H. and Kathryn L. Langen; Ellen Walstad, University of North Dakota, IMO Marsha Cotton Hall; Rachel Zeiger, University of South Dakota, IMO David “Dave” J. Clowes;.

Third-time recipients:

Danielle Belleau, Minot State University, IHO Gayle Wagenhals Sage; Griffin Bengochea, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Verda Hoffarth Stewart; Alaina Cole, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Bill and Peggy Pattison; Jamie Johnson, MSU-Bozeman, IMO L.J. and Jean Baker; Rachel Pewitt, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Dean Rusher; Misty Raup, Liberty University, IMO James “Jamie” K. Fewer;
Kristina Rauscher, University of Great Falls, IHO Charlotte Bruce; Taylor Strommen, Western Governors University, IRO Herb and Lucille Friedl Family; Andrew Wageman, University of North Dakota, IMO Richard “Dick” and Mary Lou Alley Wagenhals; Laurel Wageman, MSU-Bozeman, IRO Stannebein Family;

Fourth-time recipient:

Tyana Rasmusan, Montana Tech-UM, IHO Dorothy Kolstad.

The following equipment and programs were purchased for Glasgow High School:

Sound System upgrades for the auditorium, Music Department, IHO O. E. and Lois Markle;

Pro Start Program Equipment, Family and Consumer Science Department, IMO Beatrice Trites and Family;

18 eight-foot tables and 6 six-foot tables, Math Department , IRO Paul and Joyce Ruffcorn Jacobson;

Two 3-D Printers, Industrial Technology Department, IMO Ronald Combs

Pro Plan for Coding, Business/Computer Science Department, IRO Willard and Charlotte Bruce Family
Friday, September 9th 2016
Valley County Day Of Service Is Saturday
Valley County’s “Day of Service” is Sat. Sept. 10th. This will take place at the Glasgow Senior Center from 10a.m. – 2p.m. with lunch being served from 10:30a.m. – 12noon. Free rides to this event, sponsored by Dave & Marie Pippin & Valley County Transit, will be available by calling 228-8747. Everyone is welcome to join local service providers & help remember Patriot Day. For more information, call 228-9500. Supplemental funding provided by Area 1 Agency of Aging & Thrivent Financial.
Wednesday, September 7th 2016
First West Nile Virus death for 2016 reported in McCone County
DPHHS officials remind Montanans to take precautions to prevent WNV

The McCone County Health Department and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services are reporting Montana’s first human death from West Nile Virus (WNV) for 2016.

This case brings the total number of West Nile Virus (WNV) cases reported in Montana to six for 2016. Previously, four cases were reported in Dawson County and one in Garfield County. Additionally, several horses and mosquito pools, predominately in eastern Montana, tested positive for WNV.

The deceased, an adult McCone County resident, passed away from complications related to West Nile Virus infection. The individual had no history of travel outside the state within the past month and the infection was believed to be locally acquired.

“This is an unfortunate reminder that infection from WNV can have serious consequences,” said DPHHS Director Richard Opper. “We want to remind people to take precautions and protect themselves.” Nationally, 406 human cases of WNV have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thus far in 2016, including ten deaths.

WNV is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitos through bites. Most, about 4 out of 5, people infected will experience no symptoms and become immune to the WNV infection. About 1 in 5 infected people develop a low grade fever, headache and muscle aches that begin a week or two after becoming infected. Generally, no treatment is needed.

However, in less than 1 percent of infected people, serious, life-threatening symptoms develop including headache, rash, high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, and other symptoms. Individuals who develop any of these symptoms should see their health-care provider immediately.

Mid to late summer is a high-risk period for WNV and public health officials encourage everyone to take steps to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infections. Public health officials want to remind the public that while local transmission WNV is a concern in Montana, local transmission of Zika virus is not. In fact, the mosquitos that carry Zika virus have not been found in Montana or neighboring states.

To minimize risk of WNV, experts recommend reducing mosquito populations by removing mosquito breeding areas in and around the home. Simple steps such as draining bird-baths, wading pools or any container with still water every few days will minimize breeding sites.

Because it is not possible to eliminate all breeding sites, people are reminded to follow specific recommendations to avoid being bitten. This includes wearing and safely using insect repellent when outdoors and wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts when possible.

The 4 D’s of West Nile Virus prevention should be followed to reduce the chance of mosquito bites.

Dusk / Dawn: Peak mosquitos biting hours are dusk to dawn. Limit outdoor activity during those times. If you must be outside, be sure to protect yourself from bites.
Dress: Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
DEET: Cover exposed skin with a repellant containing the chemical DEET, which is most effective against mosquito bites.
Drain: Empty any containers holding standing water because they can be excellent breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.

The number of WNV human cases in Montana varies from year to year. Over 200 cases were reported in 2003 and 2007, but generally the average is about 10 reported human infections each year. “No one can predict the severity of WNV season,” said Christine Mulgrew, DPHHS WNV Program Manager. “But we can protect ourselves from mosquito bites and eliminate breeding sites around your home.”
Tuesday, September 6th 2016
Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee Meets September 13 at Fort Peck Hatchery
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery, located at 277 Montana Highway 117, just north of Fort Peck, MT.

The meeting is open to the public and will include the induction of the newest CAC members. There will also be department updates, details about FWP’s Vision and Guide document, and wildlife, comm.-ed., fisheries and law enforcement updates.

Each of FWP’s seven administrative regions has a volunteer CAC to help guide policies and programs. The Region 6 group meets three times a year. For more information about the Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee, visit the FWP Web site at http://fwp.mt.gov/regions/r6/cac/.

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

Tuesday, September 6th 2016
Lakewood, Washington Man Charged In Valley County With Drug Offense
A 41-year old Lakewood, Washington man, Justin Hanson, has been charged in Valley County with Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs.

According to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier, Hanson was stopped by the Montana Highway Patrol on U.S. Highway #2 between Nashua and Frazer on September 5th. The vehicle driven by Hanson was a rental car out of Tacoma, Washington. A drug sniffing dog used by the MHP had a positive hit on the vehicle and the vehicle was transported to Glasgow where the VCSO executed a search warrant on the rental vehicle.

A search of the vehicle found an estimated $500,000 in stolen goods ranging from jewelry, coins and baseball cards according to Sheriff Meier. The Valley County Sheriff's Office is alleging that much of the alleged stolen merchandise came from locations such as Williston, North Dakota and Great Falls, Montana.

In addition to the alleged stolen merchandise found in the vehicle, it is alleged that illegal drugs were found in the vehicle including drug paraphernalia, heroin and methamphetamine.

The FBI has joined the investigation along with the Valley County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Highway Patrol.

Hanson is currently facing the drug charge in Valley County and is incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center.

Friday, September 2nd 2016
Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale Stops By Kltz/Mix-93 Studios
Matt Rosendale, a candidate for Montana State Auditor stopped by the Kltz/Mix-93 Studios and visited with Haylie Shipp about his candidacy.

Matt Rosendale.

Thursday, September 1st 2016
Nashua School Superintendent, Bill Colter, talks about the new school year in Nashua.
Nashua has a new school superintendent and Stan Ozark had a chance to visit with Bill Colter about the new school year in Nashua.

Bill Colter.

Wednesday, August 31st 2016
Four Attorneys Pursue Upcoming District Judge Vacancy
Chief Justice Mike McGrath has notified the Judicial Nomination Commission that the Hon. John McKeon, district judge for the Seventeenth Judicial District (Blaine, Phillips, and Valley counties), will resign his position effective November 30, 2016.

The Commission is now accepting applications from any lawyer in good standing who has the qualifications set forth by law for holding the position of district court judge. The application form is available electronically at http://courts.mt.gov. Applications must be submitted electronically as well as in hard copy. The deadline for submitting applications was September 1, 2016.

There are 4 applicants for the position. Peter L. Helland of Glasgow, Dan Raymond O’Brien of Malta, Yvonne Laird of Chinook and Randy Randolph of Havre.

Peter Helland is a 1993 graduate of the University of Montana School of Law and currently is Managing Member/Attorney for Helland Law Firm, a position he has held since 2003. Helland is currently the Town Attorney for the Town of Nashua and represents the City of Glasgow in civil legal matters.

Dan O'Brien is also a graduate of the University of Montana School of Law and currently is a partner in the law firm of Cole, Amestoy and O'Brien. O'Brien who resides in Malta has been the Deputy County Attorney for Phillips County since 1994.

The public is encouraged to contact Commission members regarding the applicants during the public comment period, which will begin Friday, September 2, 2016, and close Monday, October 3, 2016.

The Commission will forward the names of three to five nominees to the governor for appointment after reviewing the applications, receiving public comment, and interviewing the applicants if necessary. The person appointed by the governor is subject to Senate confirmation during the 2017 legislative session. If confirmed, the appointee will serve for the remainder of Judge McKeon’s term, which expires January 2019. The annual salary for the position is $126,132.

Judicial Nomination Commission members are District Judge Richard Simonton of Glendive; Janice Bishop of Missoula, Karl Englund of Missoula, Elizabeth Halverson of Billings; Hal Harper of Helena; Lane Larson of Billings; and Nancy Zadick of Great Falls.

Wednesday, August 31st 2016
17-year-old killed in crash outside Saco
A 17-year-old male was killed in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning about 10 miles west of Saco, the Montana Highway Patrol reported.

At about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, on Secondary Highway 243, the driver of a Ford Aerostar van drifted off the right side of the road, and the driver overcorrected, causing the van to go off the roadway and roll several times, coming to a rest on the driver's side, the MHP said.

The passenger, a 17-year-old male from Phillips County, was pronounced dead at the scene, the MHP said. The driver of the van was also injured, but it is unknown to what extent.

Neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing seat belts, according to the MHP.

It is unknown whether speed or alcohol were factors, and the crash is still under investigation.

This is the 132nd fatality on Montana roadways this year.

Wednesday, August 31st 2016
Wheat Prices Fall to 10 Year Low
The price of wheat has dropped to its lowest level in a decade as huge harvests pile up from Russia to the US, cutting the cost of staple foods around the world. Extensive planting and benign weather have forced analysts to repeatedly raise crop outlooks.

Technical selling and grain handlers' efforts to move U.S. winter wheat supplies to buyers ahead of the corn harvest pressured wheat prices, said Roy Huckabay, executive vice-president of Linn & Associates, a Chicago brokerage.

The Financial Times reported that increasing supplies have exacerbated a broad washout in commodity markets and added additional pressure on farm economies. Excellent growing conditions for much of the United States, especially the Great Plains States of Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, contribute to U.S. winter wheat yields that are up nearly 3 bushels per acre from the May forecasts and up 8 bushels per acre above the 2015/16 estimate. The new crop U.S. winter wheat average yield is now projected to be record high at 50.5 million bushels and production is projected at 1.506 billion bushels despite an 8-percent year-to-year decline in area harvested.

Global wheat production was also up to a record. According to the August World Agricultural Supply
and Demand Estimates report, global wheat supplies for 2016/17 were raised 2.3 million tons on a 4.9-million production increase.

“The world can source wheat from the northern hemisphere or southern, eastern or western. That increases the food security of the world a whole heck of a lot,” said Ken Stein, co-manager of Kottke Commodity Capital in Chicago.

Tuesday, August 30th 2016
USDA Announces Town Hall Meetings to Gather Local Input
U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies will hold town hall meetings at 18 locations across Montana to discuss opportunities for and barriers to maximizing access to USDA programs and services.

In early 2016, 13 Montana counties were designated at "StrikeForce" counties, a rural growth and opportunity initiative launched by USDA in 2010 in economically challenged areas to improve USDA services by building partnerships to help challenged communities shape a future based on local assets and regional strengths.

Montana leaders from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Rural Development, and Food and Nutrition Service will listen to concerns from local citizens and community leaders at town hall meetings.

September 19, 2016
Culbertson County Building, 1:30PM
307 Broadway Avenue, Culbertson, MT

September 20, 2016
Fort Peck Community College, Greet the Dawn Building, 9AM
605 Indian Avenue, Poplar, MT

"Our goals and motivations are simple," said Lisa Coverdale, NRCS state conservationist for Montana and chair for the USDA Food and Agriculture Council. "We want to gain a better understanding for the current needs and challenges faced in rural Montana, while also exploring how to improve access to USDA's broad spectrum of program and technical assistance."

John George
(406) 449-5000 ext. 101

Tuesday, August 30th 2016
Scottie Homecoming 2016
Homecoming Schedule

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture will once again be hosting the Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums during the 2016 Glasgow Scottie Homecoming Festival weekend. The band will be a part of the Scottie Homecoming Parade on Friday September 16th at 2:30pm, the Scottie Booster Club tailgate party at GHS at 6:00, and performing during half time of the Scottie vs. Big Timber football game.

On Saturday morning the Band will perform at the Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast at the Cottonwood Inn & Suites at 9AM, continue on to Valley View Home @ 10:00AM, Nemont Manor @ 10:30AM and to Prairie Ridge @ 11:00AM. They will also play at the start of the varsity volleyball game against Wolf Point at approximately 3:00pm.

At 5:30PM the annual Pub Crawl will begin at Sunnyside Golf Course.

The Pipe Band is sponsored by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottie Booster Club, Kiwanis Club & local area merchants.

Bring the family and enjoy one of the many opportunities to watch the Saskatoon Police Pipe Band perform and enjoy Scottie Homecoming 2016. Show your Scottie Pride and decorate your window.

Got Spirit? Prove It!

Tuesday, August 30th 2016
Listen: U.S. House Candidates Denise Juneau And Ryan Zinke Debate August 29, 2016
On Monday evening in Frazer the top 2 candidates vying for Montana's Congressional seat debated in Frazer. Thanks to Montana Public Radio for the link.

The full debate may be listened to here:


Monday, August 29th 2016
Congressional Debate Set For Tonight In Frazer. Kltz Will Have Full Coverage Starting at 7pm.
The leading candidates for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat – Republican incumbent Ryan Zinke and Democratic challenger Denise Juneau – will square off in two debates this week, including one on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeast Montana.

Their first debate of the campaign is Monday, at the Frazer School in Frazer, and the second contest will be Thursday in Billings, at Montana State University-Billings.

Libertarian candidate Mike Fellows of Missoula is expected to attend the Billings debate.

The hour-long debates, which begin at 7 p.m., will be broadcast on Kltz-Glasgow, Yellowstone Public Radio, selected Northern Broadcasting System radio stations across Montana and Montana Public Radio.

Zinke, 54, elected to the U.S. House seat in 2014, is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL and former state senator from Whitefish.

Juneau, 49, has been the state’s superintendent of public instruction since 2009.

Monday’s debate will be moderated by Jackie Yamanaka of Yellowstone Public Radio. The two panelists who will ask questions are Grant Stafne, a member of the Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board, and Sierra Stoneberg-Holt of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation.

The candidates also will field questions from the audience and each other, chosen by the moderator or time-keeper James Walling of the Glasgow Courier.

Thursday’s debate, at the Petro Theater on the MSU-Billings campus, will be moderated by Greg LaMotte of KULR-TV. Candidates will answer questions from three panelists: Yamanaka, Tom Lutey of the Billings Gazette and Becky Hillier of Cowles Media “Wake up Montana.”

Monday, August 29th 2016
FWP Hosts Public Meeting in Vida to Discuss Redwater Fish Passage Project
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will host an open house at the Vida School to discuss the Redwater Fish Passage Enhancement Project on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 7-9 p.m.

FWP will present the project overview that plans to remove the existing culverts on the Nickwall Road and replace them with fish-friendly arched culverts. The project is scheduled to start on Sept. 19 and will take up to 45 days to complete. Citizens that may be affected by the construction are encouraged to attend. Please contact Steve Dalbey at 406-228-3706 with any questions.

Monday, August 29th 2016
Valley County Democratic Committee Offers Scholarship
The Valley County Democratic Committee is offering four $1000 scholarships is designed to provide financial assistance to Valley County students working toward their undergraduate educational goals. Applicants must be residents of Valley County and be enrolled in their second year or above of a college. Previous winners are not eligible for this scholarship. Students who applied for the Spring semester scholarship will be considered again for this fall’s scholarship without reapplying.

Applications are available at the Valley County Extension Office or by emailing Roubie Younkin at kry@montana.edu. Application deadline is Friday, September 16, 2016.

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