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Congressman Greg Gianforte recognizes Glasgow resident Tanja Fransen

Sunday, May 19th 2019

WASHINGTON – Congressman Greg Gianforte recognized Tanja Fransen of Glasgow with his Spirit of Montana commendation for her scientific accomplishments, dedication to the public, and 18 years of service to Montanans.

A meteorologist at the Glasgow Weather Forecast Office since 2001, Tanja is renowned for her innovation, leadership, and mentorship. Her award-winning research has helped Montana’s ag producers.

Gianforte’s Spirit of Montana is a weekly recognition of Montanans for their accomplishments, dedication, or service. Gianforte highlights the recipient in the U.S. House of Representatives and personally contacts the honorees.

Gianforte encourages anyone to nominate Montanans for the Spirit of Montana award by contacting his office at 202-225-3211 or by e-mail at https://gianforte.house.gov/contact/email.

Gianforte’s statement in the Congressional Record follows:


Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Tanja Fransen of Glasgow, an award-winning meteorologist who is recognized nationally for her innovation and leadership.

Tanja is the Meteorologist in Charge at the Glasgow Weather Forecast Office in Montana. Starting as a meteorologist in Glasgow in 2001, she has been a supervisor since 2015. In fact, Tanja is one of only 8 percent of female supervisors for National Weather Service (NWS) field offices.

Tanja’s research benefits Montana’s ag producers. Tanja and colleague Bill Martin helped develop an innovative cold weather advisory tool that helps livestock producers take precautions during calving season, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. Their work earned them the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Administrator’s Award in 2011.

In 2014, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) presented Tanja with the Kenneth C. Spengler Award for her collaborative approach to ensure weather forecasts result in timely and appropriate public responses. The NWS recognized her with the Isaac Cline Award for Outreach in 2011 and the Isaac Cline Award for Leadership in 2002.

Throughout her 25-year career, Tanja has served in many public and professional advisory positions, and she has a passion for mentoring others. She mentors junior colleagues through the AMS and the NWS. She often encourages young people to embrace STEM courses and enhance their education with communication, business, and leadership training.

Madam Speaker, for her accomplishments in the sciences, dedication to the public, and 18 years of service to Montanans, I recognize Tanja Fransen for her spirit of Montana.

Senator Tester Urges FEMA to provide resources to Montana counties that experienced flooding this spring

Friday, May 17th 2019

As flood levels rise across Montana, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is leading the charge to get help to the affected areas.

In a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Tester called on Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor to quickly provide resources and support to Montana counties that have experienced flooding this spring.

“The amount of resources required to meet the needs of our communities as they recover from the storm outstrips the ability of our State and local governments to pay for these damages,” Tester wrote. “These communities urgently need federal resources in order to help them restore their infrastructure and way of life.”

Montana has dealt with severe weather since February, when temperatures averaged between eight and twelve degrees below normal. This resulted in a deep snowpack and swift runoff, leading to widespread flooding that damaged roads, culverts, and private residences across the state. With temperatures rising and rain in the forecast, flooding is expected to worsen in the coming weeks.

On May 9, Governor Steve Bullock requested a major disaster be declared for the State of Montana in order to get federal assistance in dealing with the damage. Tester’s letter calls for those resources to be expedited to the affected counties, including Daniels, Lake, McCone, Park, Powder River, Stillwater, Treasure, and Valley.

“Delays in funding to these Montana counties would be extremely harmful to affected small businesses and communities,” Tester wrote. “Should the President approve the Governor’s request for a major disaster declaration, I ask that you consider his requests as soon as possible.”

In March, Tester pushed FEMA and the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Agriculture, and Interior to provide support and resources to farmers, ranchers, local governments, and businesses impacted by the catastrophic flooding, and Tester recently secured $17 million to fix roads damaged by last spring's historic flooding.

Valley County unemployment rate at 2.8%

Friday, May 17th 2019

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 3.6% in the month of April.

“As our unemployment rate remains low, employers are looking for workers close to home with the training and skills to help their businesses grow,” said Governor Bullock. “That’s why here in Montana we continue to invest in our workforce and educational pathways to career growth so that all workers can take advantage of our state’s economic opportunities.”

The national unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to also sit at 3.6%.

Total employment estimates indicate a gain of 232 jobs. Payroll employment posted no significant change as job gains in the professional and business services and construction industries were offset by declines in the retail trade and seasonal recreation industries. Continuing a pattern that tight labor markets are constraining job growth, Montana’s labor force contracted by about 200 workers over the month.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3% in April, largely due to continuing increases in gasoline prices. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.1% in April.

The unemployment rate in Valley County was 2.8% compared to 3.1% in April of 2018.

North Dakota oil production near record level

Thursday, May 16th 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say the state's oil production remained at a near-record level in March.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.39 million barrels of oil daily in March. That was down from a record 1.4 million barrels a day from the record set in January.

North Dakota also produced a record 2.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in March, up from 2.6 billion cubic feet in February. There were 15,353 wells producing in March. That's down 56 wells from the record set in January.

The March tallies are the latest figures available.

There were 65 drill rigs operating in North Dakota on Wednesday, down one from the March average.

Paddlefish Mandatory Reporting Phone Numbers Incorrect

Tuesday, May 14th 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks recently discovered that the call-in numbers listed on many of the small gold mailed-out cards sent to those anglers with Upper Missouri harvest tags are incorrect. Cards are mailed out to anglers that successfully draw a harvest tag for the Upper Missouri River Paddlefish season (White Tag) and are also handed out when anglers purchase both Yellow and Blue tags. Both numbers listed on the gold card are disconnected. It seems that some anglers, however, were mailed a card where the numbers listed were correct.

The correct numbers for calling in to report a harvested paddlefish are 1-877-FWP-WILD (1-877-397-9453) or 406-444-0356. The correct numbers are also found in the 2019 Montana fishing regulations (page 85) as well as in the paddlefish regulations pamphlet (page 1).

FWP apologizes for this inconvenience and encourages anglers who were unable to report their paddlefish to report using the correct numbers. All harvested paddlefish reported to the on-site locations on the Upper Missouri River or through MyFWP have been submitted and these anglers do not need to re-report their fish.

Remember that all harvested paddlefish must be immediately tagged and reported within 48 hours. Reporting options include: on-site where fish were harvested (at check points like Intake Fishing Access Site or roving creel staff along the Missouri), on the correct phone hotline at 1-877-FWP-WILD (1-877-397-9453) or 406-444-0356, or online at MyFWP at fwp.mt.gov.

All paddlefish anglers should obtain a copy of the Montana 2019 Paddlefish Regulations, or 2019 Montana Fishing Regulations, which contain specific rules for each of the different seasons and river stretches.

Reporting your harvested paddlefish assists biologists with the sustainable management of our unique paddlefish populations. Thank You!

4th Annual Red Thumb Reminder Day Is May 14

Sunday, May 12th 2019

The 4th Annual Red Thumb Reminder Day is May 14, 2019. This event is to educate all ages—drivers and non-drivers—on the dangers of distracted driving from cell phone usage, impaired driving, and all other activities that take the driver’s attention and eyes away from driving safely.

New this year is the Save A Life Tour – a high-tech, interactive simulator program. The Save A Life Tour, sponsored by Nemont Telephone Cooperative, will be set up at the Glasgow High School gym where students from Opheim, Nashua, Saco and Hinsdale will join Glasgow students to hear the presentation and then participate in the simulator experience, an interactive, full-motion virtual reality experience to give participants a completely realistic, sober perspective on the effects of driving while impaired or distracted. Along with the Save A Life Tour Assembly, our local law enforcement will also be providing an educational presentation for the students.

All ages are then welcome to join the fun activities downtown for the 4th Red Thumb Reminder Day Walk from 3:30 - 5:30. Participants may start the “WALK” at any of these four locations: in front of the City/County Library on 3rd Avenue South, the atrium of the Court house, The Loaded Toad, and the Police Department/Fire Department activity at the end of the 3rd Ave South Block. Each of these locations will have an Anti-texting and Driving Activity. Participants will earn a stamp at each location for their card. Completed cards will earn a RTRD 2019 t-shirt (while supplies last) and be entered in a drawing to win one of these awesome prizes: a Apple IPad 9.7” 32 GB WiFi Space, a Samsung Galaxy 10.1” 16 GB, a Yeti Hopper 8 Soft-Sided Cooler, coffee cards, wireless earbuds and speakers, Chamber Bucks and more!

At 6:00pm, the Save A Life Tour will be presented again at Glasgow High School and is free to everyone. Students are encouraged to attend again with their parents – all drivers can experience the simulator! Eugene’s Pizza is providing free dinner at this evening presentation.

Post Office Food Drive Is Saturday

Friday, May 10th 2019

The local post office in Glasgow is conducting its annual food drive for the Valley County Food Bank.

Just set your non-perishable items outside your door this Saturday, May 11th. The postal workers will pick up items when they deliver the mail.

The Valley County Food Bank serves over 80 families on a monthly basis, your donations would be greatly appreciated.

Governor, First Lady Bullock Honor Montanans For Outstanding Volunteer Service

Friday, May 10th 2019

Governor and First Lady present annual ServeMontana and First Lady School Nutrition awards

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock, First Lady Lisa Bullock, and the Montana Commission on Community Service today recognized the 2019 recipients of the ServeMontana and First Lady School Nutrition awards. These awards are presented annually to outstanding community volunteers, organizations, and schools for their service to Montana.

“Each year when I present these awards, I’m humbled and inspired by the folks who choose to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others,” said Governor Bullock. “This service is not only the bedrock of our communities, it builds up future generations to also believe in the power of giving back.”

Joining Governor and First Lady Bullock was Kevin Myhre, Chair of the Montana Commission on Community Service, and Dan Ritter, Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service. They presented seven ServeMontana Awards to outstanding community volunteers and organizations who, through their dedication and commitment to service, have greatly enhanced civic life in Montana. Over 60 individuals and organizations were nominated by the public to receive a ServeMontana Award. Award recipients were selected by the Montana Commission on Community Service through a review process.

Additionally, First Lady Bullock presented the First Lady School Nutrition Awards to schools that encourage success for all students in Montana through the initiation and continued support of school nutrition programs. Recipients were selected in partnership with Montana No Kid Hungry, Montana Office of Public Instruction, and the Governor’s Office.

“It is an honor to recognize so many people who understand the importance of fighting hunger in Montana and whose heroic daily efforts ensure our kids are fed,” said First Lady Bullock. “My hope is that other schools in Montana will follow in the footsteps of these dedicated food service staff, and that soon, every student in Montana will have access to healthy school meals.”

2019 ServeMontana Award recipients:

Neil Weare — Missoula As a Foster Grandparent with Senior Corps at Missoula Aging Services, Neil has volunteered over 10,797 hours of his time to mentoring students in Missoula’s Head Start Program. He is dedicated to helping students succeed and works with them compassionately and enthusiastically to help them be the best they can be.

Karen Grosz — Billings Karen is dedicated to increasing support for Child Protective Services workers and children/families in the foster care system. She has donated countless hours to improving the quality of services for young children, including hosting multiple family art nights for low-income and at-risk families and launching a social media effort to allow people in the community to engage in peer-to-peer donations and support for children in the foster care system.

Jackie Bird — St. Marie For the past thirteen years, Jackie has been putting together care packages for military men and women. She has spent countless hours rounding up items, soliciting donations, tracking down names and addresses, packaging the items, and then sending them overseas. She has dedicated hours of her time to fundraising, purchasing needed items, sharing her story, and organizing everything for shipment.

Gary Peterson — Great Falls Gary is a dedicated community volunteer at Lincoln Elementary School, serving two hours every day at the school. He plays math games with kindergarteners, works with students one-on-one, and tutors 6th grade students in math. The teachers he works with applaud his dependability and willingness to work with kids regardless of the task or student’s ability.

Bill Gillespie — Toston A lifelong community volunteer, Bill has done everything from serving in the American Legion Color Guard helping lay fellow veterans to rest to helping with historical and cultural preservation projects in Radersburg. He served twenty years on the Broadwater County Rural Volunteer Fire Department. He is an unwavering contributor to his country, community, church, family, brothers-in-arms, friends, and neighbors.

Rose Park Elementary PTA — Billings The PTA at Rose Park Elementary has dedicated their time and service for the past year to provide an inclusive playground for all children in Billings. The PTA has already raised $229,258 toward the inclusive playground and plans to raise even more. Through it all, the parents of the Rose Park PTA have continued to provide students and staff At Rose Park Elementary with amazing support.

Augusta Ambulance — Augusta At any time if there is a need, the members of the all-volunteer ambulance service in Augusta leave their jobs to respond to a call. They stand by at football games and the Augusta Rodeo. They participate in wilderness rescues and sit with people who have just lost a loved one. They strive to ensure that members of the Augusta area have emergency medical services when they need them.

2019 First Lady School Nutrition Awards recipients:

School Breakfast Champion Award: Central Elementary School—Sidney
Wholesome School Menu Award: Gardiner Public School District
School Nutrition Innovation Award: Kalispell Public Schools
School Nutrition Team of the Year: Wolf Point School District

For awardee descriptions and photos, please visit serve.mt.gov.

The 2019 ServeMontana and First Lady School Nutrition awards were sponsored by the Montana Credit Union Network.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes National Service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.

Governor, First Lady Bullock To Recognize Outstanding Community Volunteers

Thursday, May 9th 2019

HELENA – On Friday, May 10, Governor Steve Bullock, First Lady Lisa Bullock, and the Montana Commission on Community Service will recognize seven outstanding community volunteers and organizations during the annual ServeMontana Awards ceremony.

First Lady Bullock will also recognize four Montana schools that have shown excellence in initiating and supporting school nutrition programs.

WHO: Governor Bullock, First Lady Bullock, Montana Commission on Community Service
WHAT: ServeMontana Awards and First Lady School Nutrition Awards
WHEN: Friday, May 10, 2019 at 10:30AM
WHERE: Old Supreme Court Chambers, Montana State Capitol, Helena, MT

Awardees: ServeMontana Award Recipients
Neil Weare, Missoula
Karen Grosz, Billings
Jackie Bird, St. Marie
Gary Peterson, Great Falls
Bill Gillespie, Toston
Rose Park Elementary PTA, Billings
Augusta Ambulance, Augusta

First Lady School Nutrition Award Recipients
School Breakfast Champion Award: Central Elementary School—Sidney
Wholesome School Menu Award: Gardiner Public School District
School Nutrition Innovation Award: Kalispell Public Schools
School Nutrition Team of the Year: Wolf Point School District

Amundson wins Glasgow School Election but General Fund Levy fails for 4th consecutive year

Wednesday, May 8th 2019

Mona Amundson handily won another 3-year term on the Glasgow School Board defeating Regina Cain by a vote of 1063-228.

Glasgow School District voters though rejected for the 4th consecutive year a General Fund Levy request by a vote of 658-704.

Opheim School District voters elected John Pankratz to the Opheim School Board by a vote of 91-56 over Michael Fauth.

Frazer School District voters elected Mary Sue Jackson and Adeline Smoker to the Frazer School Board. Here are the results from Frazer:

Mary Sue Jackson: 74
Adeline Smoker: 68
Brockie Standing: 42
Jewel Four Star Ackerman: 40

Fuhrman Scholarship Available to Valley County Students

Wednesday, May 8th 2019

College and trade school students from Valley County who have completed one year of post-high school study are encouraged to apply for the Clarence and Charlotte Fuhrman Memorial Scholarship.

To qualify, students must have completed at least one year of study at an institution of secondary education such as a university, trade school or an institution of specialized study. They must have been a resident of Valley County for the last three years, attended a Valley County high school for three years, and received a high school diploma, a home school certificate, or a GED. Information on 2019 requirements and applications are found on the Valley County Community Foundation website: www.valleycountycf.net.

In general, two or three scholarships are awarded annually, at a minimum of $1,000 each.

Applications are due on June 21. They must be received on, or postmarked by, that date to be considered. VCCF will accept only paper copies of the applications. Requirements are clearly outlined on the application form. Missing information will make the application incomplete and it will not be considered.

The Fuhrmans, who farmed and ranched in the Opheim area, established the scholarship with the VCCF to benefit students from throughout the county. “The annual scholarship is a wonderful legacy to the dedication to family and community which the Fuhrmans exemplified throughout their lives,” said Doris Leader, who chairs the VCCF.

For more information, contact her at 228-9391.

No Measles reported in Montana

Wednesday, May 8th 2019

While measles has been reported from 22 states there have been no reported cases in Montana. 704 cases have been reported in those 22 states the greatest number of cases since measles was considered eliminated from the United States in 2000.

While there are no reported cases of Measles in Montana, Missoula County has declared a community wide outbreak of whooping cough which has infected students at 16 schools. Lewis and Clark County, meanwhile, is trying to avoid further spread after six cases were diagnosed.

Health departments in both areas are identifying and contacting people who have come in contact with those who are sick.

The Missoula City-County Health Department reported five more cases since Sunday, for a total of 52 in the past three weeks. Department Director Ellen Leahy says they have more than 100 tests pending.

Whooping cough is caused by a highly contagious bacteria and is named for the "whoop" sound people make when taking a deep breath after a coughing fit. It can take up to 21 days after exposure for symptoms to appear.

School Elections today

Tuesday, May 7th 2019

Voters in the Glasgow, Lustre Elementary, Opheim and Frazer School Districts will vote today during school elections in Valley County.

In Glasgow there is a Trustee Election featuring incumbent Mona Amundson and challenger Regina Cain. The winner will serve a 3-year term on the Glasgow School Board.

Glasgow voters will also vote on a General Fund Levy request in the amount of $104,074. The purpose of the the levy is to increase teacher and support staff wages.

Voting will take place from Noon to 8pm at the Glasgow School District Central Office.

Voters in Frazer will vote from Noon to 8pm and will be voting to fill 2 positions on the Frazer School Board.

Opheim voters are voting for one Trustee to serve a 3-year term. Opheim used a mail ballot election so ballots must be dropped off before 8pm at the Opheim School.

Lustre Elementary voters are having a Trustee Election along with a levy request. Lustre also used a mail ballot election and ballots must be turned in by 8pm tonight.

Keystone XL Pipeline to miss 2019 construction season due to court delays

Monday, May 6th 2019

An executive for the company proposing the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada's oil sands into the U.S. says it has missed the 2019 construction season due to court delays.

TransCanada executive vice president Paul Miller made the statement during a Friday earnings call with analysts. The company also announced it was changing its name to TC Energy Corp.

Plans to begin construction of the long-delayed pipeline got blocked last November when a federal judge in Montana ordered additional environmental reviews of the project.

President Donald Trump has been trying to push it through. He issued a new permit for Keystone last month.

The $8 billion line would carry up to 830,000 barrels of crude daily, along a route stretching from Canada to Nebraska.

Glasgow Chamber announces winners of the March Madness Elite 8 Books

Friday, May 3rd 2019

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, Inc. announces the winners of the March Madness Elite 8 books.

Game 1: Book #24 Jeff Cole, Beth Knodel, Gail Fast
Game 2: Book #83 Harley Eliason, Lindsey Peterson, Zack Burner, Kristi Sevareid
Game 3: Book #2 Brianne Capdeville, Bethanie Knight, Jeff Bense, Stan Ozark
Game 4: Book #51 Dyan Newton, Norm Sillerud, Allen Bewley, Thom Schultz
Game 5: Book #43 Lisa Koski, Nate Doornek, Karl Krause, Kim Faulkinberry
Game 6: Book #56 Dale Borgen, Matt Garsjo, Kelly Sillerud, Karen Newton
Game 7: Box #38 Rikki Fuhrman, Dave Flaten, Rikki Fuhrman, Rikki Fuhrman

Thank you to each of our sponsors and participants of the March Madness Elite 8 books. The Chamber appreciates ALL of your support. Each year the Chamber hosts high school boys and girl’s tournaments. Your contribution from the sales of this promotion allows us to continue to successfully bid all tournaments feasible for Glasgow to host. Checks can be picked up at our new location 54147 US 2 Suite 2, next to Verizon starting May 3rd and those not picked up will be mailed starting May 10th provided we have an address.

Hemp Oil Processing plant moves operation to Havre after running into delays in Glasgow

Thursday, May 2nd 2019

Story from Havre Daily News

A Wolf Point nonprofit has shifted gears to start its first hemp oil processing plant in Havre, and is reminding local producers the deadline is Wednesday to register with the Montana Department of Agriculture to grow the crop.

Morgan Elliott of IndHemp LLC said her family has been operating a nonprofit in Wolf Point since 2011, and has been working on opening a hemp processing plant in Glasgow.

That location keeps running into delays, so IndHemp decided to try Havre, where it always planned to eventually open a plant.

The change just moves up the schedule, she said. IndHemp has found a facility in Havre.

"We take ownership Wednesday and start construction Wednesday," she said.

She said the facility will be a food-grade processing plant, and will take a lot of work - although equipment already is on the way.

Elliott said they hope to have the processing plant running by fall.

"We anticipate to be up and running by the time farmers are ready to get it off the farm," she said.

Paul Tuss, executive director of Bear Paw Development Corp., said the economic development agency staff is excited by the potential hemp has in the area.

"We are kind of excited for the potential that provides for the region and as an alternative crop for our growers," he said.

Elliott said IndHemp had been working with growers farther east in the state, but wants to get local growers involved.

She said IndHemp, which is a licensed and bonded commodity and seed distributor, is wiling to work with producers, and has supporting information on the agronomy, harvesting and storage requirements for hemp grain available for our contract growers.

"We have a lot of information and are more than willing to talk to people," she said.

She said the pressing facility will make oil that can be used for products such as salad dressings, lotions and so on.

They anticipate hiring five to seven people, she said, both for the processing part and office staff members to handle logistics, and wants to hire them quickly. Having the employees working on the upgrade of the facility and installation of equipment will give them a better understanding of the process and a feeling of ownership, she said.

With expansion, the facility could end up with 10 to 15 employees, she said.

She also said, especially with the massive increase in the industry, farmers need to be sure they are working with licensed commodity dealer. She said IndHemp wants all hemp companies to flourish, but wants them to make sure they are doing it the right way.

"Farmers need to be cautious," Elliott said.

Although Wednesday is the deadline to register with the state, a press release from IndHemp said this is a good time to be contracting.

"With the ideal planting window for hemp being end of May, beginning of June the clock is certainly ticking for those interested for this year," it said.

Farmers interested in growing hemp for IndHemp this season can contact the companay via email at morgan@indhemp.com and may also register to be a grower on the grower's page of its website http://www.indhemp.com /.

Tester, Daines & Gianforte Introduce Bill to Invest in Critical Milk River Infrastructure Project

Thursday, May 2nd 2019

Delegation’s legislation will improve irrigation, save money for thousands of Montana producers

(U.S. Congress) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines, and Congressman Greg Gianforte today introduced legislation to increase critical investments in the Milk River Infrastructure Project that thousands of Montana farmers rely on for access to reliable irrigation water in northcentral Montana.

The St. Mary’s Reinvestment Act, will ensure that the federal government picks up 75 percent of the costs for upgrades to the century-old water project. Currently, the federal government only funds 26 percent of the project, leaving local users with the responsibility to pay the rest of the tab.

“Water is life, and folks across the Hi-Line understand how critical this investment is for our state’s number one industry,” Tester said. “This bill will ensure that local taxpayers, farmers, and ranchers aren’t stuck with a big bill while important upgrades are made to one of the nation’s first water reclamation projects.”

“The Milk River Project is about protecting jobs and our way of life in Montana,” Daines said. “This project would lift the financial burden off hardworking folks in northcentral Montana, that’s why it’s critical that our colleagues join in passing this legislation.”

“Montana’s farmers and ranchers need reliable access to water. After providing water along the Hi-Line for more than a century, the Milk River Project requires an upgrade,” Gianforte said. “I introduced this bill, because hardworking Montanans shouldn’t have to shoulder so much of the burden to upgrade this critical project.”

“We are proud to see the Montana delegation work together to introduce the St. Mary Reinvestment Act,” said Jennifer Patrick, Milk River Joint Board of Control Project Manager. “The St. Mary and Milk River project is the lifeline of the Hi-Line and our agricultural economy. This legislation recognizes the support the Milk River Project needs by properly adjusting the project’s cost-share allocation. The Milk River Joint Board of Control irrigators and the St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group fully support this bill and look forward to its swift consideration.”

The delegation’s bill will cover 75 percent of the cost of upgrading and operating the Sherburne Dam and Reservoir, Swift Current Creek Dike, Lower St. Mary Lake, St. Mary Canal Diversion Dam, and the St. Mary Canal.

The Milk River Water Project provides water to 18,000 Montanans and irrigates enough cropland to feed one million people.

$419,000 raised for new Valley County Swimming Pool

Wednesday, May 1st 2019

A committee comprised of Valley County residents is working diligently to raise money and awareness about the need for a new swimming pool for Valley County.

Donations for a new swimming pool may be called in to Kltz/Mix-93 today at 228-9336 or brought up to the radio station studios. There is no minimum donation and everything helps the committee get closer to their goal of a new swimming pool.

The Radio-Thon to raise money for a new Valley County Pool raised $63,733 as of 5 p.m. and now the total amount raised by the community for a new swimming pool is $419,000. Donations are still being accepted by calling 228-9336 or emailing kltz@kltz.com

Stan Ozark visited with Maggan Walstad of the committee and they talked about efforts to raise money for the pool. Maggan first talked about how the committee was organized:


Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Season Opens May 1, Mandatory Reporting for Harvest

Wednesday, May 1st 2019

This year’s Montana paddlefish seasons will again kick off on May 1 with the opening of the Upper Missouri River section from Fort Benton downstream to Fort Peck Dam.

Anglers need to be aware that substantial flooding occurred around the Fred Robinson Bridge and in James Kipp Recreation Area this spring. As a result, camping will be considered “primitive” for most of the paddlefish season as crews clean up and fix damaged infrastructure. The access road and public boat ramp at the James Kipp Recreation Area is fully operational.

Access and camping areas on the north side of the river, including Slippery Ann, Jones Island, and Rock Creek campground are reportedly in good shape. The Rock Creek boat ramp is also fully functional.

For questions about the recreation area and other surrounding federal lands, contact the BLM Lewistown office at 406-538-1900. CMR officials can be reached by calling 406-538-8706.

According to Cody Nagel, FWP Region 6 Fisheries Biologist, “Flows are higher than average for this time of year, and currently at about 18,000 cubic feet per second. Shoreline and river access should still be good at these flows,” added Nagel.

“Anglers interested in river flows in the Upper Missouri should use the USGS website for information, particularly the Landusky gauging station,” said Nagel. The direct link for the USGS Landusky web page is http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=06115200 .

For 2019, a total of 1000 paddlefish harvest tags were available through a drawing for the Upper Missouri. Successful applicants may harvest a fish anytime during the season, from May 1 through June 15. Those anglers not successful in drawing a harvest tag were issued a “snag and release” license for the Upper Missouri.

Additionally, anglers that did not participate in the tag drawing that want to participate in the snag and release fishery can still purchase an Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Snag and Release License online, at an FWP office, or at any license provider.

The paddlefish season on the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam and in the Yellowstone River below the mouth of the Bighorn River opens May 15, and the archery fishing season for paddlefish in the Fort Peck Dredge Cuts below Fort Peck Dam opens July 1. As in the past, anglers may only select one area to fish for paddlefish in Montana: Upper Missouri River (White Harvest Tag-1,000 tags available through the drawing), Yellowstone River and Missouri River downstream of Fort Peck Dam (Yellow Harvest Tag-1,000 fish quota), and the Fort Peck Dredge Cut archery-only season (Blue Harvest Tag).

Remember that all harvested paddlefish must be immediately tagged and reported within 48 hours. Reporting options include: on-site where fish were harvested (at check points like Intake Fishing Access Site or roving creel staff along the Missouri), on the phone hotline at 1-877-FWP-WILD (877-397-9453) or 406-444-0356, or online at MyFWP at fwp.mt.gov .

All paddlefish anglers should obtain a copy of the Montana 2019 Paddlefish Regulations, or 2019 Montana Fishing Regulations, which contain specific rules for each of the different seasons and river stretches.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection to hold additional town hall meetings regarding adjustment of hours of operation at ports of entry in Montana

Tuesday, April 30th 2019

SWEETGRASS, Mont. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will hold town hall meetings May 3, 4, 6 and 7 to receive additional feedback from the community, stakeholders and government representatives on the adjustment of hours of operation at the Raymond, Opheim, Scobey and Morgan ports of entry in Montana.

CBP conducted town hall meetings on April 8, 9 and 10. Hours at Raymond were adjusted for a brief period and restored so the community can be afforded an additional opportunity to provide input. At these meetings, the community is being asked to provide a plan to increase usage at these ports during the hours that have historically had very low traffic.

The current hours of operation for the Port of Raymond are 24 hours which coincide with the hours of operation at the adjacent Canadian Port of Regway, Minton, Saskatchewan. CBP has proposed new hours of operation at Raymond to be 6 a.m. to Midnight. The nearest 24-hour port of entry is Portal, North Dakota (108 miles).

The current hours of operation for the Port of Opheim are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 15 – May 31 and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 1 – September 14. These hours coincide with the hours of operation at the adjacent Canadian Port of West Poplar River, Rockglen, Saskatchewan. CBP is proposing new hours of operation at Opheim to be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all year.

The current hours of operation for the Port of Scobey are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 15 – May 31 and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 1 – September 14. These hours coincide with the hours of operation at the adjacent Canadian Port of Coronach, Saskatchewan. CBP is proposing new hours of operation at Scobey to be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. all year.

The current hours of operation for the Port of Morgan are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 15 – May 31 and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 1 – September 14. These hours coincide with the hours of operation at the adjacent Canadian Port of Monchy, Val Marie, Saskatchewan. CBP is proposing new hours of operation at Morgan to be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all year.

Town Hall Meetings:

May 3, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. (MDT)
Glasgow Sr. Citizens Center, 328 4th Street South Glasgow, MT.

May 4, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. (MDT),
Great Northern Hotel Conference Room
¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬2 S 1st St E, Malta, MT.

May 6, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. (MDT)
Richardson Theater
¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬105 First Avenue North Scobey, MT.

May 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (MDT)
Sheridan County Civic Center
¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬4262 Hwy 16 S Plentywood, MT.

Spring Storm Knocks Out Power For Parts Of The Hi-Line

Monday, April 29th 2019

A spring snow storm that brought winds gusting to 58 mph and up to 10 inches of snow, hit the Hi-Line on Sunday.

Unofficial reports included Larslan with 6 inches of snow, and near 10 inches of snow 20 miles north of Saco. Six inches or more of snow was also reported from Opheim to Scobey, with power outages in many locations.

Norval had crews working throughout the day to restore power, but were still working on damage from the
storm late Monday morning. Here was their 10:30 a.m. update:

4/29/19 10:30 a.m. update: The crew that is flying the line has found a burned wire and a few cross arms that will need to be fixed. While we assess that damage from the storm, the other crew members are working to re-energize substation by substation. It's a slow process with the roads, but we are still working to restore power. Thank you again for your continued patience!

The heavy, wet snow and heavy winds not only damaged power lines, but also made travel very difficult for the crews trying to fix them. School in Opheim was cancelled on Monday due to no power.

Road conditions were slowly improving throughout the state on Monday morning. But the poor conditions were attributed to several accidents throughout the state over the weekend.

Glasgow was only hit with half an inch of snowfall on Sunday but did get a total of 35 hundredth of an inch of moisture between Saturday and Sunday.

Latest Municipal Election Filings

Monday, April 29th 2019

Ward 1
Todd Young
Nanci Shoenfelder

Ward 2
Butch Heitman

Fort Peck:
John Jones- Mayor

Celebrate Cardiac Ready Community This Saturday

Friday, April 26th 2019

You are invited to celebrate being a Cardiac Ready Community this Saturday. April 27th from 1– 3 p.m.

The recognition will be at 1:30p.m., at 81 Airport Road.

In November of 2018, Glasgow & Valley County were recognized by the Montana EMS, Trauma & Systems & Injury Prevention Program as a Cardiac Ready Community. All are invited to attend.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is pleased to be the recipient of a gift of $3.2 million from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, one of the nation’s largest foundations, to implement a three-year Cardiac Ready Communities initiative in Montana.
In collaboration with stakeholders including EMS services, hospitals, community leaders and the public, this Montana Cardiac Ready Communities project will enhance many essential elements of the cardiac arrest chain of survival: a public education campaign on heart attack signs and symptoms and the need to activate the 9-1-1 system; citizen hands-only CPR; public access defibrillation programs; training on high performance CPR for ambulance services and hospitals; and a system-wide data tool for quality measurement and improvement. Targeted funding will be provided to deploy automatic compression devices to EMS services and hospital to aid in the delivery of quality CPR and cardiac care.

This initiative represents a significant investment in Montana’s emergency medical system, especially in our rural areas. There is a great need for development of a statewide cardiac care program for Montana which helps stimulate better patient outcomes from cardiac events. The rural nature of Montana often prevents even the best of emergency service systems from arriving at rural scenes in time to help cardiac arrest patients. Hence, the development of Cardiac Ready Communities around the deployment of automatic compression devices offers a unique opportunity to improve several elements of a system of cardiac care.

A key strategy of this project is to advance care in all EMS agencies and hospitals in the State by installing automated chest compression devices to perform CPR when cardiac arrest patients present or are encountered. Because the automated chest compression device delivers effective and consistent chest compressions with a minimum of interruptions, implementation of this life-saving equipment will provide the patient with the best available chance for survival. CPR performed at consistent depths and rates of compression, and with minimal interruption, improves outcomes while the patient is being treated and transported as well as in the hospital. Utilization of chest compression devices has the potential to increase survival rates 30% to 50%. Specific benefits of the equipment include:

? The chest compression device performs 100 compressions per minute with a depth of 2 inches with the same efficiency for all patients.

? The device allows for complete chest wall recoil after each compression and provides a 50% duty cycle, which allows for equal compression and relaxation time for the chest wall.

? Restoring blood flow to normal levels will help responders establish an intravenous line due to the inflation of the veins making it easier to find a vein to start the line and administer appropriate drug therapies.

? The automated chest compression device will circulate drugs faster and more completely improving the chances of inducing a rhythm that can be defibrillated.

? Using the device will reduce the stress and strain on responders and make the transport safer as the responder can be seated to perform treatment instead of standing over the patient.

? The device reduces rib fractures and cartilage damage compared to manual compression during CPR.

Mix Of Rain And Snow Expected This Weekend

Friday, April 26th 2019

The National Weather Service is predicting some moisture for the upcoming weekend.

As of Friday morning, the forecast was for 43 hundredths of an inch in Glasgow over the weekend, while more moisture was expected to fall farther to the north and east. Opheim was projected to get around 3/4 of an inch of moisture.

Snowfall is also expected, especially Saturday night and Sunday morning. Less than half an inch of snow is expected Saturday night and Sunday in Glasgow, though areas near the Canadian border could see a total of 3-6 inches of snowfall.

Mental Health In The Workplace Is Topic Of Wednesday Seminar

Friday, April 26th 2019

Melanie Burner is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She is owner and founder of Teaming Together Counseling in Glasgow, Montana. Ms. Burner has provided mental health services in eastern Montana for the past five years. Her professional and personal experiences have led to her understanding the unique challenges our local communities face in regards to mental health care. She believes that by using connection, understanding, and education she can help others learn how to help themselves as well as others.

1. How mental health symptoms affect employee productivity and functioning.
2. How to identify mental health disorders.
3. How to effectively support staff who is receiving mental health treatment.
4. How to maintain your own mental health as a employer.
5. Tips of how to discuss mental health issues with employees.
6. How to encourage self-care within in the workplace.
7. How to utilize mental health resources.
8. Employer legal issues in regards to mental health.

May 1, 2019 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Lunch Provided
Cost to attend is $40 per person
Cottonwood Inn & Suites
Glasgow, Montana

Email: JSECGlasgow@outlook.com
Phone: Stacey Amundson @ 228-2476 ext. 1

Mental Health Walk Is May 4

Friday, April 26th 2019

In effort to remove stigma attached to mental health problems the Valley County Mental Health Committee is sponsoring a Mental Health Walk on Saturday, May 4. The event will start at 10.00 AM at the Valley Events Center with a couple of brief presentations, a walk to the Civic Center, opportunities to gather information, a drawing for a Yeti (thanks to D & G), some refreshments and then on the way home before 11:00.

Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition. Stigma can make the journey to recovery longer and more difficult. In response to those facts the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, has published a personal course of action, a pledge, to help remove the stigma of mental illness:

Mental health matters to everyone.
Individuals, companies, organizations and others can all take the pledge to learn more about mental illness, to see a person for who they are and take positive action on mental health issues. Take the pledge and raise awareness.
Learn about mental health—educate myself and others
See the person not the illness—strive to listen, understand, tell my own story
Take positive action—spread the word, raise awareness, make a difference

Water restrictions to go in place for Glasgow and St. Marie

Thursday, April 25th 2019

The water transmission line that serves Glasgow and St. Marie will be undergoing renovation this week and the City of Glasgow and Marco are asking water customers to keep water use to a minimum. Starting at 11am on Tuesday and continuing until 12pm on Thursday water users are being asked to keep water use at a minimum. Water use should be for necessary uses only, no washing cars or irrigation.

Road Closure

Thursday, April 25th 2019

Dorr Road, between Whately Road & Langen Feedlot, will be closed through Thursday, April 25th for Glasgow Irrigation maintenance.

7th Cuisine For the Cure Menu

Thursday, April 25th 2019

Cutie Pies prepared by Allison Nichols and Beth Flynn
Banana Cream
Coconut Cream
Summer berry (4 berry)

Mardi Gras (Southern) cuisine prepared by Jason Myers
Corn Fritters
Shrimp Louie

Greek cuisine prepared by Michelle Eliason

Italian cuisine prepared by Rod Karst, Kristi Stingley and Tiffany Ost
Garlic Bread

Vietnamese cuisine prepared by Zak Peterson and Lindsey Peterson
Beef Pho
Pork Bahn Mi
Mexican cuisine prepared by Holly Burleson
Chicken enchiladas
Rice and beans
Norwegian cuisine prepared by the Lutheran Ladies

German cuisine prepared by the Schmeckfest Ladies (from Lustre)
Schmeckfest Wurst (sausage)
Verinike & gravy (cheese pockets)
Baked kraut (cabbage & bacon)
Paepa Naet (peppernuts)

Breakfast cuisine prepared by Dyan Carlson
Overnight Cheesecake Oats with various toppings

After Dinner Sweets prepared by Becky Erickson and Mary Armstrong Lamb
Assorted Chocolate layer cakes
Homemade Caramels
Other candies

Fusion Egg Rolls prepared by Sean Bergstrom and Ryan Feezell
French onion
Chicken Cordon Bleu

Filipino cuisine prepared by Rose Kolstad and Phoebe Schack
Stir fry noodles

Thursday, April 25th @ 6:00 p.m. @ Cottonwood Inn
Tickets still available (150 to be sold)
BS Central
or by calling 263-8757

July 4, 2019 HOPE fundraiser @ Northeast Montana Fairgrounds
November 22 & 23 - 15th Annual Festival of Trees and Prime Rib Dinner

Democratic Congressional Candidate Kathleen Williams visits Glasgow

Wednesday, April 24th 2019

Earlier this month Democratic Kathleen Williams announced she was running for Montana's Congressional Seat in 2020. Williams was defeated by Congressman Greg Gianforte in the 2018 Election. Williams is a resident of Bozeman and recently visited Glasgow and sat down with Stan Ozark. Here is the conversation.


Bob Kompel Discusses Renovation Of Water System

Tuesday, April 23rd 2019

The City of Glasgow has started a huge renovation of its water system according to Public Works Director Bob Kompel. He told Kltz/Mix-93 that the cost of the renovation is over $8.5 million dollars. Kompel tells us what the renovation is comprised of:


We also asked Kompel if water bills will increase significantly due to the $8.5 million dollar renovation:

Water Bills

Effort underway to replace City Pool

Tuesday, April 23rd 2019

A committee is working diligently to raise funds to build a new swimming pool in Glasgow. The current pool is 45 years old and is in bad shape according to members of the committee.

A radiothon on Kltz and Mix-93 will be held on May 1st to raise money for the pool.

Stan Ozark visited with Maggan Walstad of the committee and they talked about efforts to raise money for the pool. Maggan first talked about how the committee was organized:


Brooke Westby and Garrett Lloyd awarded scholarships from Governor's Office of Community Service

Tuesday, April 23rd 2019

HELENA, MT – The Governor’s Office of Community Service, in partnership with Reach Higher Montana and Montana Campus Compact, awarded $1,000 scholarships to 100 Montana high school seniors, the agency announced today.

The Youth Serve Montana Scholarship recognizes students’ dedication to community service and helps students who wish to attend school in Montana. They are intended to promote volunteerism and encourage young leaders to further their learning.

“These 100 students have given their time and energy to those who need it most and made their communities and Montana a better place to live,” Dan Ritter, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service, said.

The winners of the 2019 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship are:
CARTER A. MORLEY Anaconda MSU Bozeman
TRENTON M. WOLFE Anaconda MSU Bozeman
KAYLIN J. MILLSAP Billings MSU Billings
MAKAYLA HEISER Billings UofM Missoula
RAEGAN D. HARPER Billings Miles Community College
ROBERT W. PARKER Billings UofM Missoula
ALEXA R. CALDER Bozeman MSU Bozeman
DANIEL GAO Bozeman MSU Bozeman
GIANNA M. CONNELLY Bozeman Carroll College
LEXI A. EMENY Bozeman MSU Bozeman
LILLIAN V. KRACH Bozeman UofM Missoula
RYAN C. LONERGAN Bozeman MSU Bozeman
SARA A. HICKOK Bridger MSU Bozeman
ANNA M. MCEVERS Browning UofM Missoula
SEQUOYAH E. OSBORNE Browning UofM Western
CLINT F. CONNORS Butte UofM Missoula
JADEN S. CLEVELAND Butte UofM Montana Tech
TAYLOR J. HUFF Butte UofM Missoula
TYLER J. WANKEN Chester MSU Bozeman
PAXTIN R. MCCANN Chinook Carroll College
HANNA E. ANTONSEN Choteau UofM Missoula
WHITNEY R. DUROCHER Choteau Carroll College
JOSEPH R. BENNETT Clyde Park MSU Bozeman
MAGGIEJO M. WIDDICOMBE Colstrip Miles Community College
NOLAN J. NANSEL Colstrip MSU Bozeman
GENEVIEVE DELORME Columbia Falls MSU Bozeman
IVY J. SEMPLE Corvallis UofM Montana Tech
JACE Z. BARCUS Corvallis MSU Bozeman
KAITLYN A. LOGAN Deer Lodge MSU Bozeman
LIBIEN BECKER Fairfield UofM Montana Tech
KATIE E. FRIEZ Forsyth MSU Bozeman
ADRIANNA L. ROHRER Fort Shaw UofM Western
JESSE C. MECHAM Frenchtown UofM Missoula
OSCAR G. DALLING Gardiner MSU Bozeman
BROOKE M. WESTBY Glasgow Carroll College
GARRETT W. LLOYD Glasgow MSU Bozeman
BAILEY M. KORTUM Glendive Dawson Community College
CAIMIN H. BOLAND Great Falls UofM Missoula
THOMAS A. RICE Great Falls UofM Missoula
HAYDEN A. HUNTER Hamilton UofM Bitterroot College
JESSICA L. DELONG Hamilton MSU Bozeman
LAUREN KIMZEY Hamilton Carroll College
SKYLEE P. DIRDEN Harlem MSU Northern
ISABELLE B. MELTON Helena UofM Missoula
JUSTIN A. PATTEN Helena UofM Helena College
CHLOE R. DERKS Hobson MSU Bozeman
COLTON M. WHITNEY Joliet UofM Montana Tech
BETHANY C. LYFORD Kalispell MSU Bozeman
DYLAN L. LEESE Kalispell UofM Missoula
REED H. MILLER Kalispell UofM Missoula
AURIEL I. KRUMWIEDE Lewistown Carroll College
BROOKE M. RECTOR Lewistown MSU Billings
TANNER J. TRAFTON Lewistown MSU Bozeman
RYAN T. TIRRELL Missoula UofM Missoula
TANNER C. TERZO Missoula MSU Bozeman
ANDEE M. BAKER Park City MSU Bozeman
SYDNEY A. POWELL Pinesdale MSU Bozeman
ASHLEE O. HOWELL Polson University of Providence
SAVANNAH P. HOULE Polson UofM Missoula
ANNA S. DYE Red Lodge MSU Bozeman
SAVANNA G. WOLFF Roundup MSU Bozeman
MCKENZIE J. MORK Sanders MSU Bozeman
DAMON R. IRVIN Shelby UofM Montana Tech
KAYLEE APPLEY Shelby UofM Montana Tech
KIANA E. JORATA Shelby MSU Northern
SKYLER F. MARTIN Shelby UofM Montana Tech
ALLISON M. DELANEY St. Ignatius MSU Bozeman
TAMARA A. HARDY Stevensville UofM Western
CODY J. HANSON Sunburst MSU Bozeman
TYSON C. RACHT Townsend UofM Western
WAYNE C. ASCHEMAN Townsend UofM Montana Tech
BRIAN J. HENRY Trout Creek Flathead Valley Community
KENNEDY A. GROVE Whitefish MSU Bozeman
ANNA E. SLIVKA Winifred MSU Bozeman
RAINA J. BLACKMAN Wolf Creek MSU Bozeman

Valley County Clean Sweep Day Set For April 22

Monday, April 22nd 2019

Valley County Clean Sweep Day, sponsored by Two Rivers Economic Growth, is Monday April 22nd.

They encourage individuals & businesses to join them in cleaning up our city parks, trails, boulevards & public spaces.

Call 263-4769 or 230-1426 to get involved or for more information.

Glasgow High School Education Trust Financial Aid Is Available

Monday, April 22nd 2019

Attention Glasgow High School Graduates Attending College or trade school:

You may be eligible for financial aid from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust. Log on to www.ghsedutrust.org NOW for the application and other relevant information, so that you can complete your application by the July 1, 2019, deadline.

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

Public Comment Sought On Stocking Of Three Reservoirs In Hill And Phillips County

Monday, April 22nd 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on proposals to stock bluegill into three different reservoirs in Region 6. The proposals include stocking bluegill into:

Bailey Reservoir in Hill Co., a private reservoir that is managed as a Fishing Access Site by FWP.
PR 054 Reservoir in Phillips Co., a BLM reservoir
Doucette Reservoir in Phillips Co., a BLM reservoir

The bluegill will provide another angling opportunity and serve as a forage fish for existing gamefish populations such as largemouth bass (PR 054 and Doucette) and walleye (Bailey).

The draft Environmental Assessments (EAs) on the proposals summarize the proposed action and analyze the potential risks associated. The draft EA’s are open for public comment until April 30, 2019. Copies of the EAs are available at the Havre and Glasgow FWP offices, or can be found on the Fish, Wildlife & Parks website at fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/ .

Unemployment Statistics

Friday, April 19th 2019

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 3.7% for the month of March. The national unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.8%.

“We must continue to educate and train our workforce through existing programs, such as apprenticeship and traineeship, while instilling career readiness skills in the next generation of Montanans,” said Governor Bullock. “I also encourage businesses to look for innovative ways to recruit and retain qualified employees and advocate for policy that supports working families, such as publicly funded preschool education, equal pay legislation, and flexible scheduling.”

Total employment estimates indicate a gain of 326 jobs, while payroll employment posted no change over the month, suggesting that tight labor markets are constraining job growth. Montana’s labor force grew by roughly 100 people over the month, less than the number of jobs added to the economy. Businesses continue to report difficulty finding available workers.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.4% in March with a sizeable increase in the energy index. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.1% in March.

The unemployment rate in Valley County was 3.7%.

Governor Bullock orders all flags displayed at half-staff today in honor of all Montana firefighters who have lost their lives from a job-related illness in the line of duty

Thursday, April 18th 2019

I hereby order all flags flown in the state of Montana to be displayed at half-staff on April 18th, 2019 in honor of all Montana firefighters who have lost their lives from a
job-related illness in the line of duty.

Firefighters across Montana put their lives in danger and face increased healthcare risks each and every day. With the passage of the Firefighter Protection Act, we are finally showing firefighters the respect and appreciation they and their families deserve. For every firefighter of today and for those who will one day be called to service, this law will protect their healthcare and the well-being of their families when a job-related illness occurs.

Dated this 17th day of April 2019.


Filing for Municipal Offices opens today

Thursday, April 18th 2019

Municipal elections are set for 2019 and the City of Glasgow, Town of Fort Peck, Town of Nashua and the Town of Opheim will all be having elections. Here are the positions opening this year:


Ward 1: Nancy Schoenfelder (Todd Young filed for this position on April 18th)
Ward 2: Elvon “Butch” Heitman
Ward 3: Rod Karst

Fort Peck

Mayor: John Jones
Alderman: Kerry Aakre
Alderman: Justin Schaff


Alderman: Wes Miller
Alderman: Chad Reddick


Alderman: Michael Roberton
Alderman: Les Redfield

Daines, Gianforte Secure 24-Hour Status at Raymond Port of Entry, Protect Montana Jobs

Wednesday, April 17th 2019

– U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte today secured the reinstating of around-the-clock status at the Raymond Port of Entry.

In a call today with John Sanders, the Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Sanders announced his decision to reinstate full hours of operation at the Raymond Port of Entry. This decision came in response to Daines and Gianforte’s requests to keep the Port of Raymond open 24/7 and three of Montana’s other ports of entry operating at full status. On the call, CBP also committed to holding listening sessions to reengage with local communities on the issue.

“Keeping the Raymond Port of Entry open at 24-hour status is a big win for rural Montana and jobs across our state,” Daines said. “I appreciate Acting Commissioner Sander’s understanding that our rural economy strongly depends on trade with Canada, and the ports of Raymond, Morgan, Opheim and Scobey are essential for our farmers and ranchers. I will continue fighting to keep Montana’s ports of entry operating at full hours.”

“Montana’s ports of entry are critical for farmers, ranchers, and business owners in eastern Montana,” Gianforte said. “I made it clear to CBP from day one that they should reverse its decision and actually listen to Montanans. CBP’s decision today is a step in the right direction, and I look forward to CBP listening to Montanans about the importance of leaving these ports open.”

Senator Tester fighting to strengthen Amtrak funding

Wednesday, April 17th 2019

(Big Sandy, Mont.)—As the Senate gears up to craft next year’s budget, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is leading a bipartisan effort to strengthen rural Amtrak service and hold the Trump Administration accountable for attempts to gut funding for the Empire Builder Line.

Tester is pressing Amtrak President Richard Anderson to reaffirm his support for rural Amtrak routes, including Montana’s Empire Builder. In a bipartisan letter, Tester underscored the important role Amtrak plays in rural communities across Montana’s Hi-Line.

“Congress purposely created a national network of long-distance and state supported train service throughout the nation, regardless of how rural it may be,” Tester wrote. “Amtrak is a web of essential connections that bind our country together and link rural communities with major markets and economic opportunities. It provides residents of these communities with transportation options on which families, seniors, and businesses rely to access jobs, create economic opportunities, see our beautiful country, and visit family. The federal investment in Amtrak ensure small, midsize, and rural communities served by Amtrak’s long-distance and state-supported routes continue to receive this essential service.”

Tester is pushing Anderson to answer specific questions regarding Amtrak’s commitment to rural areas, including:
• Amtrak’s decision to eliminate ticket agents, why did Amtrak calculate totals based on weekly boardings on routes that do not run daily?
• Amtrak’s accounting methods used to determine the cost of operating long-distance service?
• Is Amtrak planning to alter any long-distance train routes?
• Is Amtrak planning to introduce any new short-distance routes?
• What basis does Amtrak claim that demand for long-distance service is down, despite usage numbers rising?

In all three federal budgets submitted to Congress since taking office, President Trump has gutted Amtrak funding—including a proposal to eliminate the Empire Builder Line.

Tester used his position on the Senate Appropriations Committee to successfully fight the President’s proposed plan to zero out the Empire Builder’s funding in this year’s budget.

Tester also worked with both parties last year to secure an additional $1.3 billion for National Network Grants that support Amtrak's long-distance service.

Tester is demanding Amtrak to respond to his questions by April 29, 2019.

Glasgow's Betty Stone named Montana Tourism Ambassador of the Year

Tuesday, April 16th 2019

HELENA, Mont. – Lt. Governor Mike Cooney joined attendees of the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation Monday night in Butte to congratulate the finalists and winners of the 2019 Montana Tourism Awards.

The annual awards celebrate outstanding communities, businesses, organizations and people who dedicate themselves to strengthening Montana’s tourism industry. Their hard work directly contributes to the positive economic impact tourism has on local economies across the state.
“Tourism and recreation drive Montana’s economy,” said Lt. Governor Cooney. “That’s in no small part because of the talented Montanans working to develop and promote these industries. The Montana Tourism Awards give us a chance to celebrate their work and the impact it has on our lives across the state.”

Nominations were open to the public, and judges from each tourism region chose the finalists and winners. To see finalists, visit MTGOVERNORSCONFERENCE.COM. This year’s winners were:

• Film Community of the Year: Darby and Hamilton for “Yellowstone”
This drama TV series created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson and starring Kevin Costner premiered in June 2018. Darby and Hamilton are being recognized for their contributions to supporting the production.

• Heritage and Cultural Tourism Award: Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild, Lincoln
o This rural sculpture park celebrates the industrial, environmental and cultural history of Montana. Surrounded by the beautiful scenery Lewis and Clark County has to offer, the sculpture park invites international sculptors to create site-specific work, made of locally harvested material, uniquely inspired by Montana.

• Marketing Campaign of the Year: Gardiner Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau
o The “Winter in Wonderland” campaign was the first of its kind to provide comprehensive winter trip planning information for the Gardiner area, critical for a summer destination that has a reputation of shutting down in the winter months.

• Outstanding Tourism Volunteer: Stephanie Sorini, Butte
o Sorini recently purchased the Butte 100, a prestigious mountain bike race and an essential event for Butte. The race will celebrate its 12th run on July 27. Competitors come from all over the world and often arrive early to enjoy what Butte has to offer.

• Private and Public Collaboration Award: The City of Shelby and the Carousel Rest Area
o The Shelby Carousel and Rest Area is a wonderful amenity and encourages people to stop and spend time when passing through town. It appeals to history buffs, amusement park enthusiasts and, most importantly, parents looking for family entertainment during their Montana journey.

• Tourism Ambassador of the Year: Betty Stone, Glasgow
o Stone is currently a volunteer on the Board of Directors of the Missouri River Country Tourism Region, Two Rivers Economic Growth, Glasgow Downtown Association, Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District, Montana State Parks and the Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association. Betty facilitates the development of the Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District and is instrumental in the City of Glasgow’s new brand and wayfinding projects.

The Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation is presented by the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development within the Department of Commerce and continues Tuesday.

Bowhunter Education Class Offered Across Region 6 for both Youth and Adult

Tuesday, April 16th 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks bowhunter education course dates have been set for many areas across Region 6 and northeast Montana. All bowhunter education classes are free of charge.

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

In the next few months, classroom courses (for youth) are being held at the following sites, with the start date listed:
Havre: April 22
Saco: April 29
Glasgow: June 10
Sidney: June 11

For the adult online field course, adults must pass the online bowhunter education course and receive a Field Day Qualifier Certificate. This Field Day Qualifier Certificate and a picture ID are necessary to obtain entrance into the field course. Field days for adults are being offered at the following sites, with the date listed:

Havre: April 27
Great Falls: May 11
Glasgow: June 19
Glasgow: Aug. 7

Keep in mind that these may be the only/last bowhunter education course available at these sites this year. All students (both youth and adult) must register online at the FWP website: fwp.mt.gov; click on the education tab, then click “hunter education programs.” Next, “Find a class or field course” and search for the available class in your area. Detailed instructions on dates, times, and other information will be found on the registration page. Many classes require students to pick up a manual and complete chapter quizzes before class begins.

Instructors needed:

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

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

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

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

Hunter Education Classes Offered Across Region 6 for both Youth and Adults

Tuesday, April 16th 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks hunter education course dates have been set for many areas across Region 6 and northeast Montana. All hunter education classes are free of charge. Many classes are being held prior to the May 1 application deadline for moose, sheep and goat, and June 1 for deer B, elk B, and antelope. In the next few months, classroom courses (for youth) are being held at the following sites, with the start date listed:

Saco: April 15
Wolf Point: April 24
Circle: April 25
Havre: May 9
Glasgow: May 20
Bainville: June 1
Poplar: June 7
Sidney: July 29
Glasgow: Aug. 12

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

For the adult online field course, adults must pass the online hunter education course and receive a Field Day Qualifier Certificate. Adults looking to complete the online course can find instructions at fwp.mt.gov. The Field Day Qualifier Certificate and a picture ID are necessary to obtain entrance into the field course. Adult online field courses are set for:
Sidney: April 20
Glasgow: May 29

Keep in mind that these may be the only/last hunter education course available at these sites this year. All students must register online at the FWP website: fwp.mt.gov; click on the education tab, then click “hunter education programs.” Next, “Find a class or field course” and search for the available class in your area. Detailed instructions on dates, times, and other information will be found on the registration page. Many classes require students to pick up a manual and complete chapter quizzes before class begins.

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

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

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

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

Glasgow City Council offers contract to new City Attorney

Tuesday, April 16th 2019

The Glasgow City Council on Monday night voted to offer a contract to Anna Rose Sullivan to become the City Attorney for Glasgow pending a background check.

Sullivan is a Butte native who currently works for the Law Offices of Terrance Toavs in Wolf Point. She has experience at a Deputy County Attorney for Roosevelt County along with the Fort Peck Tribal Public Defenders Office and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Defenders Office. She is a graduate of Gonzaga University and the University of Montana School of Law.

Sullivan, upon completion of a background check, will take over criminal and civil duties for the City of Glasgow. The criminal portion had previously been handled by the Valley County Attorney and the civil portion by Glasgow Attorney Pete Helland. Sullivan is expected to practice law in Glasgow once the contract is finalized.

The City Council also approved the hiring of Zach Johnson as a Patrolman for the Glasgow Police Department. Johnson is a native of Maryland who upon a background check will become the newest employee of the Glasgow Police Department. Johnson upon a completed background check will attend the Montana Law Enforcement Academy.

The City Council approved a contract to Bishop Inc of Malta in the amount of $181,299.24 for the Glasgow Levee Drainage Improvement Project.

Jill Page and Pete Helland were reappointed to the Glasgow Recreation Board.

The cemetery committee forwarded a recommendation to increase burial rates for the City of Glasgow. The City Council approved an increase of $150 to $350 for a weekday full burial and a $300 increase to $700 for a weekend/holiday full burial. A weekday cremation will now cost $125 and a weekend/holiday cremation will cost $300. Also approved was an additional cost of $150 for a burial scheduled anytime after 3pm all year round, including full and cremation.

School Marshal Bill Passes Senate, Heads To Montana Governor

Monday, April 15th 2019

Story from Billings Gazette

A bill that would create a "school marshal" program for training armed guards for schools passed the Montana Senate on Friday in a 29-21 near-party line vote.

House Bill 567, sponsored by Rep. Derek Skees, a Whitefish Republican, lays out requirements for what would be included in a training program for the gun-toting school marshals, but leaves the actual program design to the Department of Justice and school trustees.

Montana school trustees can already arm whomever they choose in schools under existing state law, with no requirements for training. A 2017 statewide records request found that only three schools in the state armed a staff member, and two more authorized a staffer to carry but they chose not to; at least one additional school has put the framework in place to arm a staffer since then.

A Bullock spokeswoman said Wednesday the governor is concerned about opposition from law enforcement and "will be talking with experts in law enforcement before making a decision on this bill."

The Montana School Board Association supported the bill, but several police groups and education advocates opposed it.

Nashua couple receive award at Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Conference in Helena

Monday, April 15th 2019

Judges, foster parents, child protection workers, Court Appointed Special Advocates, youth, business leaders, and private and non-profit organizations will be honored at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 16 at the annual Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Conference in Helena.

The awards presentation will take place at the Delta Hotels Helena Colonial located at 2301 Colonial Drive.

Representatives from the Montana Children’s Trust Fund, Montana CASA/GAL Association, and the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) will present the awards to individuals from Bozeman, Missoula, Helena, Malta, Miles City, Billings, Butte, Nashua, Kalispell and Hardin.

The list of awards includes the Jana Elliott Memorial Resource Parents of the Year. This award goes to the foster/adoptive parent(s) who are committed to excellence in working with birth parents and foster/adoptive children. The award is named after the late Jana Elliott, who served the Wolf Point community myriad ways as both a licensed foster parent and 6th grade teacher. In 2016 the Wolf Point community took a huge loss when Elliott tragically lost her life in a car accident helping someone in need.

This years’ recipient are Bryon and Lindsey Gustafson of Nashua. The Gustafsons have been foster parents for the past two years. During this time, they have fostered 11 children.

Jamie Helm, of the Child and Family Services (CFSD) Glasgow office, said the Gustafson’s are making a tremendous difference. “They truly go above and beyond in all aspects,” Helm said. “They provide a steady and positive influence to all children they foster, and they are leaders in the community.”
Helm said the Gustafson’s also actively encourage others in northeast Montana to become involved in helping Montana’s children through a program they started this year called Fostering Love. Once a year, the program brings together foster parents, those interested in fostering and several key stakeholders for a couple days of information sharing.
In January 2019, the first Fostering Love meeting was held in Glasgow and about 50 people participated. “We’re just trying to get the word out and promote foster care,” Bryon said. “And, it’s important for people to know there’s other ways to help besides becoming a foster parent, such as signing up to be a CASA. We’re trying to encourage people in the community to get involved, and help out.”

The annual Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Conference brings together hundreds of foster/adoptive parents, CFSD staff, tribal social services staff, county attorneys, judges, counselors, attorney’s and teachers for three days of training and breakout sessions. About 500 people are registered this year.

The following awards will also be presented:

Montana Children’s Trust Fund Awards
The Montana Children’s Trust Fund, administratively attached to DPHHS, strategically supports initiatives to effectively strengthen Montana’s families and keep children safe from abuse and neglect. The Trust Fund board honors those who have gone above and beyond to help strengthen children and families. The Children’s Trust Fund will announce the following awards:
• Strengthening Families Award, Christina Powell, Bozeman Child Advocacy Center.
• Pinwheels for Prevention Award, Heather Stenson and Barbara Fitzpatrick, Butte 4-C’s.
• Nonprofit Organization of the Year Award, Watson Children’s Shelter, Missoula.
• Outstanding Corporate Citizenship, Donation Warehouse, Missoula
Montana CASA/ GAL Association Awards
Every year, Montana CASA/ GAL Association recognizes outstanding people who have consistently demonstrated a special level of dedication to the CASA/GAL programs and the care and protection of abused and neglected children.

• Judge of the Year, Honorable Judge Yvonne Laird, 17th Judicial District Court, covers Blaine, Philips and Valley counties.
• Program Director of the Year, Glenda Noyes, CASA/GAL of Gallatin County
• Advocate of the Year, Cathy Jenni, CASA of Missoula
• Board Member of the Year, Cherie LeBlanc-Dyba, Executive Director of Eastern Montana CASA/GAL, Miles City

CFSD will also present the following awards to agency staff:

• The Youth Achievement of the Year goes to a foster or adoptive youth(s) who exhibits a drive to be successful and makes positive changes in their life. Jasmine Gruber, Kalispell; Kelly Brown, Kalispell; Jazmyn Saunders, Missoula; Kayce Zachariasen, Missoula; Samantha Gloud, Helena; and Emmanual Eporu, Missoula.

• The Engaging Families in Positive Change award goes to an individual or individuals who works with families to carry out the mission of CFSD in a manner that is positive and respectful of each family’s strengths. Kelly Slattery, Missoula and Jodi Christensen, Kalispell.

• The Resiliency Award goes to an individual or team that displays traits that foster a supportive and positive work environment and that embody a healthy work/life balance. Deanna Hause, Helena, and Samantha Kitzenburg, Hardin.

• The Creative Solutions Award goes to an individual or team that utilizes creative problem-solving and resource allocation to better serve children and families. Kate Larcom, Missoula.

Bills That Would Regulate Sports Betting Moving Through Legislature

Thursday, April 11th 2019

HELENA — In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal gambling law, giving individual states the power to legalize and regulate sports gambling. Now, Montana could join the 10 states that have already passed legislation opening up sports betting.

In the Montana Legislature Wednesday, the Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee heard testimony on two bills that would legalize sports betting and regulate it through the Board of Horse Racing and the Montana Lottery. Both organizations have no oversight from the Gambling Control Division.

Both bills passed out of the House last month, with House Bill 475 passing 87-9 and House Bill 725 with a 88-10 vote.

Majority Leader Rep. Brad Tschida, R-Missoula, sponsored House Bill 475, which would expand pool-based horse betting systems into other team sports.

“For those of us who don’t bet, it really has no impact on us. For those who like to bet, it’s an opportunity from them to do that in a way that is organized and well maintained,” Tschida said.

The second bill heard was House Bill 725, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Lynch, D-Butte, which would allow the Montana State Lottery to offer sports betting, which already offers pool-based betting for football and auto racing.

“The reason the Lottery makes sense is that it’s already existing. So we have existing infrastructure that’s been already laid out across the state. What this does would allow the Lottery to authority and the opportunity to offer sports wagering within communities,” Lynch said.

There were no opponents to either bill during the committee hearing.

Tim Pierce is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association, the Greater Montana Foundation and the Montana Newspaper Association.

Senator Tester announced $152,472 in funding for Glasgow Housing Authority

Thursday, April 11th 2019

(U.S. Senate) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced $4.3 million in grants today to increase access to affordable housing in several Montana communities.

“Everyone should have a place they can call home,” Tester said. “From Great Falls to Glasgow, these grants will help folks find safe, accessible housing without breaking the bank.”

Housing Authorities in Billings, Great Falls, Missoula, Helena, Butte, Anaconda, Sidney, Glasgow, Whitefish, and Glendive received the grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help develop, finance, and modernize public housing developments in their cities.

Grant Awards:
• Housing Authority of Billings - $581,282
• Great Falls Housing Authority - $1,007,621
• Housing Authority of Butte - $632,147
• Helena Housing Authority - $764,835
• Housing Authority of the City of Anaconda - $383,463
• Richland County Housing Authority - $188,838
• Housing Authority of Glasgow - $152,472
• Whitefish Housing Authority - $91,797
• Dawson County Housing Authority - $48,320
• Missoula Housing Authority - $469,785

Tester has been a strong supporter of expanding affordable housing in Montana and helped secure funding for the grants through his role on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Earlier this year, Tester also helped negotiate a funding deal that makes substantial investments in affordable housing initiatives.

Glasgow School District enrollment down 35 students from last school year

Wednesday, April 10th 2019

Glasgow School District enrollment is down 35 students from last school year according to enrollment numbers provided by the school.

The April enrollment count is 842 students compared to 877 students last year. The enrollment count is also down 18 students from the start of the school year in September.

The largest class in the district is the 7th grade class with 77 students with the 2nd grade class with 74 students.

The smallest class in the district is the 3rd grade class with just 42 students.

In other school news, a committee comprised of the Superintendent and 3 representatives from each school have put together a school calendar recommendation for the 2019-2020 school year. The Glasgow School Board will have to approve the recommendation. The proposed calendar would have school begin on August 21st and end May 29th. Christmas break would begin on December 23rd and students would go back to school on January 2nd.

The Glasgow School Board will also look to approve health insurance payments made by the school district for employees. The board will be asked to pay $503 per month for each employee. The total cost for health insurance for the school district is $766,572.00 for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Glasgow School Board will meet Wednesday night at the District Boardroom in the Central Office.

Gianforte and Daines demand Customs and Border Protection postpone any changes to the hours of operation at four Montana ports of entry

Wednesday, April 10th 2019

WASHINGTON – Congressman Greg Gianforte and U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), demanding that the agency postpone any changes to the hours of operation at four Montana ports of entry.

“We request you delay any final decisions regarding changes to hours of operation until June 1st, 2019, when seasonal hours of operation changes are scheduled to take place. At the very least you should delay any decision until actually listening to impacted communities and talking to the people elected to represent Montanans,” the letter reads.

Gianforte and Daines rejected CBP’s efforts to put a price tag on maintaining the current hours of operation for the ports of entry.

“Your staff have informed our staff that these proposed changes would not result in any employees leaving Montana communities, and would result in reduction in overtime costs of $180,000. Keeping ports of entry open to rural Montana is worth more than $180,000,” Gianforte and Daines write.

On March 7, 2019, Gianforte and Daines sent a letter to CBP’s McAleenan opposing reductions to hours of operation at the Morgan, Opheim, Raymond, and Scobey points of entry. CBP has yet to respond to their letter.

State House passes firefighter protection legislation

Tuesday, April 9th 2019

Story from www.greatfallstribune.com

HELENA – The House gave final approval Monday to a bill that would create presumptive coverage for firefighters under workers' compensation for certain diseases and it now returns to the Senate to have amendments approved.

Senate Bill 160, known as the Firefighter Protection Act, was approved in its third reading 89-8. Firefighters and state officials said it has taken nine sessions for this legislation to get passed.

SB 160 removes hurdles Montana firefighters face when seeking compensation for many work-related illnesses. They face specific hazards, such as exposure to hazardous chemicals that can lead to serious medical conditions like myocardial infarction and certain types of cancer, officials said. Montana is one of five states without a “presumptive law.”

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Nate McConnell, D-Missoula, also requires firefighters to take a physical at least every two years.

State Representatives Rhonda Knudsen and Bridgett Smith voted for the legislation while Representative Casey Knudsen voted no.

Senate Bill 171 also passed its third reading Monday with a vote of 83-14. It requires firefighters hired on or after July 1 be tobacco-free.

It was sponsored by Sen. Steve Fitzpatrick, R-Great Falls.

Representatives Rhonda Knudsen, Casey Knudsen and Bridgett Smith all voted yes on this legislation.

Fort Peck Summer Theatre Prepares For Landmark 50th Anniversary Season

Tuesday, April 9th 2019

Pictured: 2018 "Disney's The Little Mermaid" was a huge success. In the photo is Summer Strommen (Flounder), Lauren Paley (Ariel), and the Fort Peck Theatre's Artistic Director, Andy Meyers (Scuttle).
(Photo credit Jennifer Ray Photography)

Fort Peck Summer Theatre (FPST) is preparing for the 50th Anniversary Season! The season promises to celebrate the history of the theatre and showcase a wide variety of productions, which continue to engage and attract audiences of all ages. Artistic Director Andy Meyers is returning for his 9th season, and is honored to be welcoming back a rich roster of talent, including many alum, audience favorites and local cast members.

LEND ME A TENOR: June 1 – June 16
Director: John Rausch
Back by popular demand, this Tony Award winner opens the 50th season! A legendary farce, set in 1934 at the famous Cleveland Grand Opera Company, this side-splitting comedy features mistaken identity, revolving doors, over-the-top opera personas, and of course a love story!

MAMMA MIA: June 21 – July 7
Director: Joseph Martinez
One mother. One daughter. THREE possible dads! This world-wide phenomenon is making it’s FPST debut. Bursting with dozens of ABBA’s famous hits, this spectacle musical is sure to leave audiences dancing in the aisles! Get your tickets now, as this is sure to be a standing-room only production!

Director: Andy Meyers
Written by FPST alum Roger Bean, this smash off-Broadway hit ventures back to the 1958 Springfield High School prom and follows a female singing group, whose hopes and dreams are as big as their beehives and crinoline skirts! The score includes over 30 classic 50s and 60s songs, sure to keep audiences smiling during this must-take trip down memory lane!

PETER PAN: July 26 – August 11
Director: Megan Wiltshire
Peter Pan, Captain Hook and the Darling family come to life on stage in this colorful and extravagant musical. The FPST production will feature high-flying special effects, large athletic dance numbers and swash-buckling pirates, perfect for the entire family! Glasgow native Christen Etchart returns to star in the title role!

Director: Dan Sharkey
Audience favorites Pam L. Veis and James Rio play the roles made famous on film by Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. This touching, warm and witty story centers around Ethel and Norman Thayer as they spend their 48th season on Golden Pond! Director Dan Sharkey, who is a veteran of many Broadway productions, including The Music Man, Bridges of Madison County and Spider-Man; Turn Off the Dark, makes his FPST debut!

Don’t miss our two exciting Theatre for Young Audience productions for the 2019 season! After a nearly sold-out run in 2018, Alice’s Rockin’ Adventures in Wonderland returns to the Fort Peck Theatre stage June 26, 27, 28 and 30 at 10:00am. Pinocchio will tour to various locations around NE Montana July 9 – July 16. Admission is free for all TYA production.

Registration is now opening for FPST’s Annual Performing Arts Camp, held July 30 – August 8. Taught by professional artists from around the county, camp culminates in a showcase performance August 8 at 7:00pm. For more information and registration please visit website.

The official 50th Anniversary Reunion Weekend and Celebration is June 28 – 30. Please visit fortpecktheatre.org for exciting information about all the planned events. The weekend will be highlighted by a very special reunion by the original 1970 FPST company, performing their original roles from the first season, in a concert style presentation of OKLAHOMA!

For immediate information on Reunion Bundle Packages please call 406-228-9216. To purchase and secure tickets please visit fortpecktheatre.org . Regular box office hours will begin in mid-May: 406-526-9943

Missing St. Marie man found

Monday, April 8th 2019

The Valley County Sheriff's Office announced that the missing man from St.. Marie has been found safe and sound.

The Valley County Sheriff's Office is actively conducting a search for a missing man from St. Marie.

According to Sheriff Boyer, 54-year old Wade Simonsen has been missing since last Thursday from St. Marie. Simonsen was going to Power, Montana and left in a charcoal grey 2003 Corvette. He has not been seen since; the last contact was a withdrawal made from a bank in Havre, Montana last Friday.

Simonsen is 54 and bald with a mustache and goatee. If you have any information about Simonsen's whereabouts please contact the Valley County Sheriff's Office at 228-4333.

Grobel Scholarships

Monday, April 8th 2019

The Grobel Scholarship Trust will award two scholarships, each in the amount of $2,200 for the 2019-2020 school year. These scholarships are available to graduates of Valley County high schools who have completed at least one full year of post-secondary education in nursing or other medical related field.

Completed applications must be submitted not later than 4:00 p.m. on July 12, 2019. For information contact Jessica Pehlke at the First Community Bank of Glasgow.

“Prairie Grizzly Bears: Awareness and Minimizing Conflict” Public Meeting To Be Held In Havre

Monday, April 8th 2019

Photo tagline: This subadult grizzly bear was observed 3 miles west of Interstate 15 off the Bullhead road, south of Shelby, on April 7th. Photo courtesy of Dale Seifert.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hosting a public meeting regarding prairie grizzly bear awareness, including how to minimize conflict, on Thurs., April 25, in Havre. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Hensler Auditorium in the Applied Technology Center on the MSU-Northern campus. The event is open to the public, and all ages are welcome.

Montana is home, in whole or in part, to four grizzly bear recovery zones designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS): the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE); the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE); the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem; and the Bitterroot Ecosystem. While grizzly bear numbers have surpassed recovery objectives in the GYE and NCDE, they have yet to reach recovery levels in the Cabinet-Yaak and Bitterroot.

Grizzly bears in the lower 48 states are officially under the jurisdiction of the FWS, but much of the day-to-day management of bears in Montana is done by FWP in partnership and with oversight of the FWS. The FWS delisted the GYE grizzly bear population under the Endangered Species Act in 2017, but a federal court decision last fall relisted the population. This delayed the delisting process for the NCDE and resulted in an appeal of the GYE decision by the State of Montana and others.

Grizzly bear populations continue to expand, in some cases into areas they have not occupied for decades. Management challenges and conflicts have increased. FWP, along with partner agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services and the FWS, work together to respond to conflicts as they occur. However, the situation has become increasingly complex as bears move into areas of Montana outside of existing recovery zones, such as the Big Hole Valley, Little Belt Mountains, and the plains east of the Rocky Mountain Front.

At this public meeting, FWP bear management specialist Wesley Sarmento will present a background on grizzly bears in Montana, how the department manages grizzly bear conflict, and the challenges of grizzly expansion on the prairies east of the Rocky Mountain Front.

In addition, Sarmento will explain what to do during a bear encounter, how to use bear spray, how to protect harvested game meat, how to safely deter a bear using non-lethal tools, and how to secure attractants and prevent a bear from being drawn into agricultural operations and residences.

FWP encourages landowners, hunters, and any outdoor recreationists to attend. FWP ensures that its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. To request special accommodations for this meeting, or if there are any questions, please contact 406-228-3700.
Grizzly Bear Advisory Council

Recently, Governor Steve Bullock announced that he will establish a Grizzly Bear Advisory Council to help initiate a statewide discussion on grizzly bear management, conservation and recovery throughout the state. The Council will be selected through an application process that ends April 12th. If anyone is interested in this opportunity, please go to the fwp.gov webpage to learn more and apply.

USDA Announces Sign-Up Period for Updated Conservation Stewardship Program

Friday, April 5th 2019

BOZEMAN, Mont., April 5, 2019 – The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding in fiscal year 2019 is May 10, 2019. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest up to $700 million for new enrollments and contract extensions in fiscal year 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill made several changes to this critical conservation program, which helps agricultural producers take the conservation activities on their farm or ranch to the next level.

“CSP continues to be a very effective tool for private landowners working to achieve their conservation and management goals,” said Tom Watson, NRCS state conservationist in Montana. “It is the largest conservation program in the United States with more than 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled.”

While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by May 10, 2019, to ensure their applications are considered for 2019 funding.

Changes to the Program

The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes NRCS to accept new CSP enrollments from now until 2023, and it makes some important improvements to the program. These updates include:
NRCS now enrolls eligible, high ranking applications based on dollars rather than acres. For fiscal year 2019, NRCS can spend up to $700 million in the program, which covers part of the cost for producers implementing new conservation activities and maintaining their existing activities.
Higher payment rates are now available for certain conservation activities, including cover crops and resource conserving crop rotations.
CSP now provides specific support for organic and for transitioning to organic production activities and a special grassland conservation initiative for certain producers who have maintained cropland base acres.

About the Program

CSP is offered in Montana through continuous sign-ups. The program provides many benefits including increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife habitat improvements and increased resilience to weather extremes. CSP is for working lands including cropland, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest land and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of a tribe.

More Information

For additional information about CSP, contact your local USDA service center.

Some Region 6 Block Management Areas Open For 2019 Spring Turkey Season

Friday, April 5th 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and participating land owners will open some Block Management Areas (BMAs) for spring turkey hunting along the Milk River and in one area south of Zortman.

Twelve areas will be open for the spring turkey season, beginning April 13, and running through May 19. Most of the properties are located along the Milk River between Hinsdale and Nashua. One additional property is located just south of Zortman in Goslin Flats, which is a portion of the Square Butte BMA.

“The BMA spring turkey hunt worked well for both landowners and hunters the last few years, and landowners are looking forward to opening their property again this spring,” said Tim Potter, Jr., Region 6 FWP Hunting Access Coordinator. “We are very pleased that we are able to provide this opportunity again. Just remember that many of these properties are in the middle of calving and other farming activities during the spring.”

“There also may be receding flood waters and muddy areas from the recent flooding along the Milk,” added Potter. “Please be cautious and respectful around these properties as well as with other landowners not in the program.”

BMA access will be granted through a traditional sign-in box on the properties and will be advertised by a green sign titled “Spring Turkey.” Signing in will allow hunters access only for turkey hunting. Other activities such as shed hunting, fishing, or small game hunting are not allowed. Permission for such activities must be separately allowed by the landowner.

All BMA rules and expectations in place during the general season will still apply. These include, but are not limited to, leaving gates as they are found, areas of walk-in hunting only, parking in designated parking areas, using caution around livestock, taking care not to drive on muddy roads, and more. Hunters should refer to the individual rules associated with each BMA, found on the back of the BMA maps.

Property boundaries may not be well marked, so hunters need to be aware of their location. “For this opportunity to continue to move forward, we need hunters to respect both the landowner’s wishes and their property,” said Potter.

As a reminder, prospective turkey hunters can also hunt on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), such as the Hinsdale and Vandalia WMAs, other public land, and on other private land with permission. Hunters must also be aware that there are several BMAs that are not participating in this spring hunting opportunity, and permission would be needed to hunt on these properties.

A list of participating landowners and properties is available from FWP’s Region 6 headquarters in Glasgow, by calling the office at 406-228-3700, or by going to the regional webpage at fwp.mt.gov/regions/r6/. Spring turkey opportunities will also be listed, and maps are available, on the Hunt Planner on the fwp.mt.gov website.

Plant A Food Plot For Game Birds This Spring, And Receive Incentives

Friday, April 5th 2019

The cold, snowy, late winter we’ve had in Region 6 has many citizens concerned about game birds such as pheasants, grouse, and partridge. Although these species are well adapted to make it through even tough winters, there is something landowners can do to help birds next winter- plant a food plot!

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has two options to help landowners establish food plots for game birds: standing grain plots and NEW diverse seed mixes.

Standing grain plots: For standing grain plots, FWP will pay landowners $150 per acre to help offset the costs of seeding. Standing grain plots are most suitable if landowners have odd field corners or edges of crop fields near dense winter cover that they can leave unharvested.

Diverse seed mixes: With our new seed mixes, the FWP is offering free bags of seed that will cover up to 5 acres, and landowners who plant the mixes will still receive the $150 per acre to offset planting costs.

FWP encourages landowners to try out the new free seed mixes. They are designed to provide critical brood-rearing cover for game bird chicks in summer, and they contain tall, stiff plants like sorghum and sunflowers that can stand up to snow and provide easily accessible food all winter long.

Whether planting one of the new mixes or leaving standing grain, all plots need to be located within ¼ mile of dense winter cover such as a brushy draw, shelterbelts, or a cattail wetland. In return for seed and payments, landowners must sign a written agreement to leave the plots standing until the following spring, and to allow some public access for upland game bird hunting in the fall. If you are interested in planting food plots for wildlife this spring, please contact Region 6 FWP Game Bird Specialist Ken Plourde at 406-474-2244 before May 1.

Hunter Education Class Offered in Wolf Point

Friday, April 5th 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for Wolf Point, starting April 24. The class will be located at the Sherman Inn at 200 E Main in Wolf Point. All hunter education classes are free of charge.

All students must first register online at the FWP website: fwp.mt.gov; click on the education tab, then click “hunter education programs.” Next, “Find a class or field course” and search for the available class in your area. Detailed instructions on dates, times, and other information will be found on the registration page.

After students have registered for the course, they will need to pick up a hunter education manual at E&C sports or the Agland Farm Store in Wolf Point, read the book, and complete all quizzes before the start of class. The classes will be from 5-9 p.m. April 24-26 and from 8 a.m. to completion on Sat., April 27. Please use the back doors of the Sherman Inn to access the stairs to the basement classroom/conference area, and special thanks to the Sherman Inn for the use of their facility!

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

If there are any questions, please contact course coordinator Shane Reed via the registration page.

Glasgow and St. Marie residents asked to conserve water while upgrade is completed on pumping station

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019

On Tuesday afternoon, April 2, 2019, after the City of Glasgow completes pumping water for the day, Montana Aviation Research Company, will begin construction work to complete an upgrade to Pump House #1 which provides drinking water to the communities of Glasgow and St. Marie. This construction is planned to take no more than 24 hours to complete.

The City and Montana Aviation will not be able to pump water while this construction is taking place. We ask these communities to conserve and limit water use in their homes and no outside watering until the upgrades are completed. We will announce on the KLTZ-KLAN radio stations when the restrictions will be lifted.

State House passes drug pricing legislation despite opposition from area Representatives

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019

HELENA -- As the cost of prescription drugs continues to rise, one bill moving through the Montana Legislature would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide information on why the price of a drug has increased.

Rep. Katie Sullivan, D-Missoula, is carrying House Bill 710. She says she has a personal motivation because her husband has a chronic pain condition that requires prescription drugs costing up to $9,000 a month.

Luckily, Sullivan said, the family's health insurance covers the cost. But she said that doesn’t solve the high cost itself, meaning insurance companies, Medicaid and Medicare calculate that high cost into premiums.

“Even though insurance is paying for my husband’s medication, the expense does not disappear,” Sullivan said.

The bill would require drug manufacturers to submit a transparency report that justifies why a prescription has increased in price. The report would be required if a price is increased 10 percent or more, and if the drug costs more than $100.

The bill passed its third reading in the House on Monday 75-24 and now goes to the Senate.

Sullivan made clear that these reports are for research purposes, not price fixing. She said the bill would help identify the key drivers of drug price inflation.

Representatives from the Montana Medical Association, BlueCross BlueShield of Montana, PacificSource Health Plans, AARP and the Office of the Montana State Auditor spoke in support of the bill in a Wednesday hearing in the House Business and Labor Committee.

Laura Vachowski spoke in support representing AARP. She cited a survey the organization conducted with likely voters on prescription drugs prices.

“Seventy-two percent of the respondents were concerned about the cost of the medications and nearly 40 percent of the respondents said they did not fill a prescription because of the high cost,” Vachowski said.

Area Representatives Casey Knudsen and Rhonda Knudsen voted against the legislation.

Dana Malick, a lobbyist for Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, spoke in opposition to the bill. She says manufacturers already offer rebates and discount prices, but that patients don’t see the benefits of those if their insurance premiums don’t reflect the savings.

This isn’t the only bill aiming to regulate prescription costs. Senate Bill 71, carried by Sen. Al Olszewski, R-Kalispell, would regulate pharmacy benefit managers who broker deals between insurers, manufacturers and pharmacies.

That bill has cleared the Senate and its first House committee vote.

Shaylee Ragar is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Newspaper Association, the Montana Broadcasters Association and the Greater Montana

Filing for Municipal Elections start April 18th

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019

Municipal elections are set for 2019 and the City of Glasgow, Town of Fort Peck, Town of Nashua and the Town of Opheim will all be having elections. Here are the positions opening this year:


Ward 1: Nancy Schoenfelder
Ward 2: Elvon “Butch” Heitman
Ward 3: Rod Karst

Fort Peck

Mayor: John Jones
Alderman: Kerry Aakre
Alderman: Justin Schaff


Alderman: Wes Miller
Alderman: Chad Reddick


Alderman: Michael Roberton
Alderman: Les Redfield

Amundson and Cain are candidates for the Glasgow School Board

Monday, April 1st 2019

There are 2 candidates who have filed for one 3-year position as a Trustee on the Glasgow School Board. The candidates are:
Mona Amundson
Regina Cain

Voters will also vote on a General Fund Levy request during the May 7th election.

This election will be a poll election meaning voting will be done on May 7th. The only voters who will receive a ballot in the mail will be those who are registered as permanent absentee voters.

Of the 3331 registered voters in the Glasgow School District, 2275 of them are permanent absentee and will be mailed ballots between April 17 and April 22. 31.7% of the voters will not be mailed a ballot and will have to come to the polls On May 7 (noon - 8 p.m.) if they want to vote during this school election.

Medicaid Expansion legislation passes State House

Monday, April 1st 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House has endorsed a bill to continue the state's Medicaid expansion program while adding a work requirement.

Nineteen Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the measure 61-39 Friday. The bill was to be heard by the House Appropriations Committee Friday and needs a final vote in the House before moving to the Senate.

Republican Rep. Ed Buttrey said the program has been a success in improving the health and workforce participation of its recipients. He said his bill improves it by adding work requirements, strengthening an asset test and requiring Hutterite colonies to pay the state's share of their members' coverage costs.

Bill supporters rejected numerous proposed amendments during a two-hour hearing.

Conservative Republicans argued the bill was brought late, was substantially amended after a public hearing and an updated fiscal note wasn't available.

State Representatives Casey Knudsen and Rhonda Knudsen voted against the legislation while State Representative Bridget Smith voted yes.

President Trump issues new presidential permit for Keystone XL oil pipeline

Monday, April 1st 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has issued a new presidential permit allowing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, two years after he first approved the long-stalled project.

Trump said the permit issued Friday replaces one granted in March 2017. It is intended speed up development of the controversial pipeline, which would ship crude oil from tar sands in western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

A federal judge blocked the project in November, saying the Trump administration had not fully considered potential oil spills and other impacts. Judge Brian Morris ordered a new environmental review.

An appeal filed by the project's developer, Calgary-based TransCanada, is pending.

Stephan Volker, an attorney for environmentalists who sued to stop the project, said it was highly unlikely that pipeline work could proceed without court approval.

MSU Extension Providing Farm & Ranch Families With The Unique Opportunity

Friday, March 29th 2019

MSU Extension is providing Farm & Ranch families with the unique opportunity to hear from experts in agriculture financial analysis to gain insight & tools to move their operations to a level of improved functionality.

Educators from Plank Stewardship Initiative will be in Glasgow Mon. April 1st at 6p.m. at the Valley County Courthouse to share their ideas with those involved in production agriculture.

This program is intended to provide agricultural producers with the tools & guidance necessary to conduct a full financial analysis of their operation. There is no charge for this program.

For more information & to pre-register, call the Extension office, 228-6241.

U.S. Customs & Border Protection Town Hall Meeting

Friday, March 29th 2019

In an effort to further understand the impact of the proposed adjustment of hours of operation at 4 Montana ports of entry prior to the April 14th implementation, U.S. Customs & Border Protection has scheduled town hall meetings to discuss & receive feedback from the public.

The Port of Opheim meeting is Tuesday April 2nd at 5p.m. at the Glasgow Senior Citizens Center.

Jeff Jurgens Memorial Scholarship application deadline is May 1

Thursday, March 28th 2019

Eligible graduating seniors from Valley County high schools are encouraged to apply for a Jeff Jurgens Memorial Scholarship, presented by the Scottie Booster Club. Application deadline for the scholarships is May 1, 2019.

The scholarships are funded by proceeds from the annual Jeff Jurgens Memorial Basketball Tournament, which finished its 21st consecutive year last month. The tournament, as well as the namesake scholarship, are a memorial for Jeff Jurgens, a Glasgow youth and dedicated athlete who died in 1998.

In order to qualify for scholarship consideration, applicants must be on course to graduate in 2019 from a Valley County high school. They must also have participated in at least one season of high school basketball or plan to enter a health-related course of study at a post-secondary institution. Other criteria include athletic and academic achievement, community service and leadership, as well as personal integrity.

Applications are available from the counselors at any Valley County high school (Glasgow, Hinsdale, Opheim, and Frazer), or by emailing Andrew McKean at montanamckean@gmail.com.

“Real Meat Act” Passes Legislature

Thursday, March 28th 2019

HELENA — Rep. Alan Redfield, R-Livingston, is sponsoring of the “Real Meat Act,” which has passed both the House and the Senate and is heading to the governor’s desk. Redfield said the bill was written to address a rising problem.

“Picture, if you will, on the grill a nice, juicy burger. Then picture another thing on the grill that came from a petri dish,” Redfield said.

House Bill 327 adds a definition for a cell-cultured edible product into the Montana code and redefines hamburger and ground beef to come “entirely” from the edible flesh of a slaughtered animal.

Zuri Moreno with the ACLU opposed the bill when it was in committee in February. The bill doesn’t allow cell-cultured products to be labeled as meat, and Moreno said that distinction encroaches on First Amendment rights for free commercial speech.

“These restrictions on speech are neither necessary nor appropriate to prevent consumer deception. This bill is an unconstitutional solution in search of a problem,” Moreno said at the February hearing.

HB 327 doesn’t address plant-based meat, like a similar billed passed by the Missouri Legislature in 2018. According to NPR, the ACLU, along with three other organizations, filed a lawsuit against the state of Missouri for violating First Amendment rights and attempting to stifle the meat-alternative industry.

In Montana, the House voted 92-to-6 this week to adopt Senate amendments to HB 327 that clean up language in the bill.

Tim Pierce is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association, the Greater Montana Foundation and the Montana Newspaper Association.

Customs and Border Patrol plan town hall meetings to discuss adjustment of hours of operation and Montana ports of entry.

Wednesday, March 27th 2019

SWEETGRASS, Mont. — In an effort to further understand the impact of the proposed adjustment of hours of operation at four Montana ports of entry prior to the April 14 implementation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has scheduled town hall meetings to discuss and receive feedback from the public. Additionally, CBP has been diligently conducting informative and constructive discussions with staffers from the offices of Sen. Jon Tester, Sen. Steve Daines, and Rep. Greg Gianforte.

CBP identified the Raymond, Scobey, Opheim and Morgan ports of entry for modification of operational hours to realign resources to historical and existing traffic volumes and workload. The change in hours will allow CBP to properly align staffing with workload. In doing so, CBP will be able to continue to provide a reasonable level of service to its communities as well as accomplish its mission. Furthermore, CBP will redirect valuable resources and staffing to ports with significantly greater commercial and passenger volumes. Canada will not be aligning hours to match the new CBP hours and will stay open during the hours proposed for adjustment. Trade exports will not be affected by the change. This adjustment will allow CBP to maintain a reasonable level of service at these ports of entry.

The Raymond town hall meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. April 1 at the Sheridan County Civic Center

The Scobey town hall meeting will take place at noon, April 2 at the Richardson Theater located at 105 First Avenue North in Scobey.

The Opheim town hall meeting will take place at 5 p.m., April 2 at the Glasgow Sr. Citizens Center

The Morgan town hall meeting will take place at 4 p.m., April 3 at the Great Northern Hotel Conference Room in Malta.

Valley County road conditions for 3/26

Tuesday, March 26th 2019

Updated road conditions in Valley County as of 3/26/19 at 0830:

Canal Road - Closed
Tampico North Road Closed
Beaver Creek Road Closed
Valley View Trail Closed
Stone House Road Closed
Aitken Road Closed
Whatley Road Closed

Shady Lane Water on Road
Maag Road Water on Road

Billingsley Road Washouts 3 location
Larb Creek Road Washouts 10 Location
Anderson Road Washout 1 Location
Willow Creek Road Washout 1 Location
Vandalia- Tampico Rd Washouts 2 Location
Cutacross Road Washouts 2 Location
Cherry Creek Road Washouts 2 Location
East Hanson Road Washouts 3 location
Johnson Road Washout 1 Location
Martin Coulee Road Washout 1 Location
Millionaire Mile Washout 1 Location
Zerbe Road Washout 1 Location
Bear Creek Road Washout 1 Location
Burn Road Washout 1 Location
River Road Washout 1 Location by Bridge
Lindell Road Washout 2 Location
Whatley Road Washout 1 Location
Turner Road Washout 1 Location
Novak Road Bad Culvert hole on roadway
Heikens Road Water on Road by House
G-C Road Water on Shouders
Center Community Rd Water on Shoulders
New Deal Road Water on Shoulders
Maxness Road Water on Shoulder
Rock Creek Road Bad Culvert/Washed
Gilbertson Road Washout 1 location
Oswego North Washout 2 location
Oswego Creek Washout 1 location
Lustre Road Washout 1 location
Granada Road Washout 2 location
Saubak-Peerless Rd Washout 1 location

Escapee from Great Falls pre-release center has ties to Valley and Roosevelt County.

Monday, March 25th 2019

This is a release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office

Joseph Hanville Jones III escaped from the Great Falls pre-release center 03/20/19.

He was serving a 5-year sentence for criminal distribution of dangerous drugs and has a prior felony conviction for domestic violence.

Jones is a 45 yr old black male with a shaved head. He is 6' 2" tall and weighs approximately 210 lbs.

Jones has ties to Roosevelt and Valley Counties and may be in the area. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call 911.

For your safety do NOT approach Jones.

Woman accused of injuring 2-month old baby in Williston, North Dakota is incarcerated in Valley County Detention Center

Monday, March 25th 2019

WILLISTON, N.D. - Williston Police say a woman accused of severely injuring a 2-month-old baby in her care in November has been arrested in Montana.

Police say on Nov. 6, 2018 the parents of the baby dropped her off at the home of 23-year-old Corey Gardner, who was providing unlicensed daycare services. When the baby's parents picked her up from daycare, officers say the baby was unresponsive and had to be taken to a Bismarck hospital due to respiratory issues and seizures.

Court documents show the child was transferred to the Children's Critical Care Unit in Sioux Falls South Dakota, where staff determined the baby had sustained bone fractures, swelling of the skull, lack of oxygen to the brain, bleeding in her brain, ligament strains near her spine and retinal hemorrhages.

Police say Gardner told them the baby had a cold and was fussy, and while doing "tummy time" the baby started screaming. Gardner told police she put the baby down for a nap in her room and denied any accidental trauma.

Law enforcement officers say 10 days after the baby was injured, the Gardners broke their lease and left town.

Gardner is currently incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center awaiting extradition.

Road Conditions for Valley County

Monday, March 25th 2019

Please note the following road conditions in Valley County:

Canal Road - Closed
Tampico North Road Closed
Beaver Creek Road Closed
Valley View Trail Closed
Stone House Road Closed
Aitken Road Water on Road
Shady Lane Water on Road
Maag Road Water on Road
Whatley Road Water on Road
Billingsley Road Washouts 3 location
Larb Creek Road Washouts 10 Location
Anderson Road Washout 1 Location
Willow Creek Road Washout 1 Location
Vandalia- Tampico Rd Washouts 2 Location
Cutacross Road Washouts 2 Location
Cherry Creek Road Washouts 2 Location
East Hanson Road Washouts 3 location
Johnson Road Washout 1 Location
Martin Coulee Road Washout 1 Location
Millionaire Mile Washout 1 Location
Zerbe Road Washout 1 Location
Bear Creek Road Washout 1 Location
Burn Road Washout 1 Location

Legislation that would prevent minors from using tanning bed is moving through Legislature

Sunday, March 24th 2019

HELENA — After three failed attempts in previous sessions, a bill that would prevent minors from using tanning beds is moving through the Legislature.

Sen. Roger Webb, R-Billings, is sponsoring Senate Bill 21, which passed the Senate 26-24 in February and had its first hearing in a House committee Friday.

Dr. Charlotte Kutsch with the Montana Academy of Dermatology, who was one of 10 supporters of the bill during its hearing, said minors who use tanning beds have a greater chance of getting melanoma.

“And the science is clear. If you use indoor tanning beds, your risk of developing skin cancer significantly increases. No amount of UV exposure from tanning beds is safe. By definition a tan is evidence of skin damage,” Kutsch said.

According to the state health and human services department, 240 Montanans are diagnosed with melanoma every year.

S.K. Rossi with the ACLU was one of three opponents to the bill. Rossi agrees tanning beds should have more regulations, but says penalizing tanning facilities with up to a $500 fine, as well as 6 months jail time, is too severe.

“We just don’t think this should be in the criminal code. It seems a little harsh to put a business owner in jail for up to six months for— possibly accidentally— letting a minor use a tanning bed,” Rossi said.

Tim Pierce is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association, the Greater Montana Foundation and the Montana Newspaper Association.

Leighton Hughes found guilty on charge of possession of methamphetamine

Friday, March 22nd 2019

Glasgow resident Leighton Hughes was found guilty in State District Court this week on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine.

On June 22nd of 2018, Hughes was arrested at his residence at 1002 5th Avenue South in Glasgow by the Glasgow Police Department. Hughes was originally arrested for a misdemeanor outstanding warrant when during the arrest, officers with the GPD found suspected methamphetamine on his person. Officers also found that methamphetamine was being used in the home and obtained a search warrant for the home.

Officers with the Glasgow Police Department and Montana Department of Justice DCI searched the home on June 23rd.

As a result of the search, Hughes was originally charged with 6 felony drug charges and 2 misdemeanor drug charges.

The charges include:
Criminal possession of dangerous drugs-suspected meth
Criminal possession of precursors to dangerous drugs
Criminal production of dangerous drugs- suspected marijuana
Criminal production of dangerous drugs- suspected meth
Endangering the welfare of a child
Operation of a unlawful clandestine laboratory

The misdemeanor charges include criminal possession of dangerous drugs-marijuana and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

Valley County Attorney Dylan Jensen told Kltz/Mix-93 News that Hughes was only tried on the possession of methamphetamine charge due to the fact that the other charges were dismissed by Jensen. Jensen said he dismissed the charges after an adverse suppression hearing ruling that made the evidence relating to the operation of the lab as inadmissible.

Hughes will be sentenced on May 6th.

Chicago, Illinois man arrested and charged with Negligent Arson

Thursday, March 21st 2019

Glasgow Police Chief Brien Gault told Kltz/Mix-93 that 34-year old Joey Mcgauvran of Chicago, Illinois has been arrested after allegedly starting a fire in a motel room at the LaCasa Motel in Glasgow.

The Glasgow Fire Department and the Glasgow Police Department were called to the LaCasa at 5:11am Thursday morning and found a motel room on fire. No injuries were reported but the motel room was gutted and there was smoke and water damage to several other rooms at the LaCasa.

Mcgauvran was arrested and is currently incarcerated at the Valley County Detention Center.

He apparently was booted off the Amtrak train on Wednesday and had been causing problems around Glasgow that evening before allegedly starting the fire at the LaCasa early Thursday morning.

Wolf Point man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Federal Court

Thursday, March 21st 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has admitted to charges in the death of one of his passengers after he drove drunk and caused a single-car rollover.

The Billings Gazette reports 32-year-old Andrew Preston Martell, of Wolf Point, pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter in U.S. District Court.

There is no plea agreement in the case.

Martell was driving on Oct. 1, 2018, with his girlfriend and another woman as passengers.

The government's offer of proof says Martell drove off a straight county road on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, and came to rest in a ditch.

A crash investigation shows the car rolled end over end, landing on the driver's side and trapping all three occupants.

The fire department had to extricate each person, but 33-year-old Krystal Karol Brown died at the scene.

Sentencing is set for June.

Flood Warning Issued

Thursday, March 21st 2019

The National Weather Service in Glasgow has issued a Flood Warning for snowmelt in East Central Phillips County and West Central Valley County. until 2:45 a.m. MDT Saturday.

At 2:48 a.m. Friday, reporting gauges indicated flooding on Beaver Creek due to snow melt. The gage west of Hinsdale has risen to 16.6 feet at 230 am. Ice jams are also possible.

Flooding is also occurring on Larb Creek south of Saco.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Saco and Hinsdale.

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

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