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Saturday, July 22nd 2017
Latest From BLM On Lodgepole Complex Fire
(As of 10:30 Saturday morning)
Lodgepole Complex – 125,000 acres - 0% contained
Incident website

• The Bridge Coulee Fire crossed Highway 200 Friday night. The road was temporarily closed, but has reopened to travel. Expect limited visibility due to smoke. Travelers need to drive slowly through the fire impacted area, and obey all signs and flaggers.

• Evacuations remain in place for residents North of Highway 200 to Fort Peck Lake and West of Edwards Road in Garfield County.

• The Red Cross has set up an evacuation shelter at the VFW Hall in Jordan.

• Garfield County and the Incident Management Team are making plans for a community meeting. Details will be released later today.

• The Western Montana Type 2 Incident Management Team took over management of the Lodgepole Complex at 6:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, there are more incidents in other places: For details, check out our WildWeb by clicking on Recent or Open incidents.

Thursday, July 20th 2017
Governor Bullock Declares 28 Montana Counties A Drought Disaster
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today issued an Executive Order declaring the following 28 counties and five Indian Reservations are in a drought disaster:

Blaine, Big Horn, Carter, Chouteau, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Fergus, Garfield, Golden Valley, Hill, Judith Basin, McCone, Musselshell, Petroleum, Phillips, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure, Valley, Yellowstone, Wheatland, and Wibaux Counties and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, Rocky Boy Indian Reservation, Crow Indian Reservation, and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation

“Extreme drought conditions are threatening the hard work of farmers and ranchers in Eastern Montana communities,” said Governor Bullock. “My administration remains committed to helping these folks get back on their feet and ensuring that all Montanans stay safe during these hot summer months.”

On June 23, 2017, Governor Bullock issued Executive Order 5-2017 declaring 19 Montana counties and two Indian Reservations in a drought emergency. Since the issuance of the Executive Order, sustained high temperatures and desiccating winds have caused severe worsening conditions and additional counties to suffer from extreme drought.

As of July 10, 2017, small nonfarm businesses in 16 Montana counties are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration after Governor Bullock sent a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting a Secretarial Drought Disaster Designation. Affected counties and reservations are also eligible for the Livestock Forage Program.

Today’s drought disaster declaration continues the temporary suspension of “hours of service” regulations and engages maximum employee assistance and cooperation to secure further economic assistance for the affected counties and Indian Reservations.

Tuesday, July 18th 2017
Toni Plummer-Alvernaz Sentenced To Prison For Theft From A Program Receiving Federal Funds
Story from Billings Gazette:

The former director of Glasgow-based organizations intended to help domestic violence victims will spend time in federal prison for stealing grant money from the programs.

Chief U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen on July 14 in Great Falls sentenced Toni Louise Plummer-Alvernaz to one year in prison and ordered $246,024 restitution.

Plummer-Alvernaz pleaded guilty to theft from a program receiving federal funds. A second count of wire fraud was dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Plummer-Alvernaz used federal money “as a slush fund to line her own pockets,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan G. Weldon in a sentencing memo.

Congress has tried to address domestic violence in Montana and in Indian country by providing federal funding.

“Plummer chose to victimize victims yet again” by stealing money meant to help some of the most vulnerable people in the community, Weldon said.

Plummer-Alvernaz was the executive director for the Montana Native Women’s Coalition and the Women’s Resource Center.

The organizations received about $1.6 million in federal grand funds from the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women.

Plummer-Alvernaz, the prosecution said, embezzled about 15 percent of the grants by inflating work hours, using the organizations’ credit cards for vacations to Mount Rushmore and California, claiming travel when no travel occurred, taking cash advances and bonuses and paying family members money they were not entitled to receive.

The case is the latest in a series of prosecutions by the U.S. Attorney’s Guardians Project into public corruption, fraud and theft in federal grants, contracts and programs. The project is an anti-corruption strike force created in 2011 and includes agents with the FBI, DOJ Office of Inspector General and local law enforcement.

Tuesday, July 18th 2017
Montana DEQ Issues Air Quality Alert For Several Montana Counties Including Valley County
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air
quality alert for Blaine, Cascade, Chouteau, Glacier, Hill, Liberty,
Phillips, Pondera, Teton, Toole, and Valley counties in effect until
4pm today due to a band of smoke from Canadian fires and smoke from
fires along the Divide in Montana. This alert will be updated again
at 400PM on 7/18/2017.

An Air Quality Alert means that particulates have been trending
upwards and that an exceedence of the 24 hour National Ambient Air
Quality Standard (NAAQS) has occurred or may occur in the near
future.

As of 9AM, Particulate levels in Great Falls and Malta are Unhealthy
for Sensitive Groups

As of 9AM, Particulate levels in Helena, Lewistown, and Sidney are
Moderate

When air quality is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups... State and local
health officials recommend that people with respiratory or heart
disease, the elderly and children should limit prolonged exertion.

When air quality is Moderate... State and local health officials
recommend that unusually sensitive people should consider reducing
prolonged or heavy exertion.

For more information visit the Montana Department of Environmental
Quality at www.todaysair.mt.gov

Monday, July 17th 2017
Valley County Commissioners Vote To Improve Airport Road In Glasgow
The Valley County Commissioners have voted 3-0 to spend over $774,000 to improve the Airport Road in Glasgow.

The improvements would include patching, leveling, an overlay and chip sealing for the road from Highway #2 by Ezzies, up past the airport and to the junction with Glasgow High School. The proposed improvements do not include Scottie Pride Drive.

Century Construction received the bid to complete the project and the plan is to have the improvements done by the end of August.

The commissioners rejected a recommendation from the Valley County Salary Compensation Board for a 6.8% increase in salary for elected officials. The Salary Compensation Board will have to go back to the drawing board and put forth another recommendation for the commissioners.

Monday, July 17th 2017
Hi-Line Sportsmen Offers Mini-Grant Program
Got an idea to improve hunting, fishing, access, or shooting sports in northeast Montana? Hi-Line Sportsmen wants to help fund it

The Hi-Line Sportsmen conservation club is soliciting applications for its mini-grants program to fund projects that would improve hunting, fishing, or recreational access in Valley County and elsewhere in northeastern Montana.

The grants, of up to $1,000 apiece, are intended to help improve outdoor recreational opportunities in the area. Examples of projects that are likely to be received favorably include those that expand public hunting and fishing access, promote recreational shooting and outdoor recreation of all types, enhance wildlife and fisheries habitat, and contribute to youth outdoor education.

Members of the club, which held its first-annual fundraising banquet last February in Glasgow, are veterans of species-specific conservation groups, but the Hi-Line Sportsmen does not focus its funding or conservation work on any specific wildlife species or recreational opportunity.

“Our tag line is ‘Keeping Conservation Local,’ and our grants confirm that our only focus is northeastern Montana,” says Jennifer Jackson, Hi-Line Sportsmen president. “Any individual or organization from the region is encouraged to apply for our grants. Giving back to the community in a meaningful way is precisely why we started the group.”

A review board will prioritize funding requests based on a number of criteria, including:
• The amount of benefit to local hunters, anglers, shooters, and outdoor recreationists;
• Whether the request improves public or private land;
• Whether it’s a one-time funding request or a multiple-year project;
• Whether the project promotes outdoor education.

In order to request a mini-grant application, call or email Jennifer Jackson at 263-7339 or jenn.stein@nemont.net or Andrew McKean at 263-5442 or andrew.mckean@outdoorlife.com.

Deadline to be considered for this year’s funding cycle is Oct. 1, 2017, but grants will be considered as they are submitted.

Friday, July 14th 2017
Mourning dove banding is resuming in Outlook this year
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist Ryan Williamson is in full swing of trapping and banding this small game bird.

Mourning doves are one of the most widely distributed and abundant birds in North America, and are also a popular game bird with hunting seasons established in 40 of the lower 48 states. As part of an effort to estimate population size, harvest rates and regulations, mourning doves are banded throughout the United States including within Montana’s Region 6.

“Banding mourning doves helps wildlife managers estimate population size and harvest rates for the species, and this in turn is used in the federal framework to establish dove hunting regulations for each state,” says Williamson, who is assisting with banding operations in Montana.

In Region 6, dove banding sites are established using wire funnel traps baited with grain to capture mourning doves. Doves are then aged and sexed based upon feather color and patterns of feather replacement and wear.

“Doves are marked with metal leg bands containing a unique number and a website and phone number that hunters can use to report the band,” Williamson says. “In return, wildlife managers receive important information on the number of banded doves harvested, and the locations and dates of harvest.”

More than 18,000 doves are trapped and banded yearly in the 14 states of the Central Management Unit, which Montana is located in.

Hunters are a crucial link to mourning dove band returns,” Williamson went on. “By checking
all harvested doves for bands and reporting banded doves, you help manage this important migratory game bird resource.”

Williamson also says the same goes for any banded bird. “It’s quick, easy, and you get to see where and when that bird was banded. The story that band will tell can be very interesting.”

“What I find most interesting about dove banding is the returns from previous years,” said Williamson. “This year, I have recaptured birds from all years I have banded starting in 2014. To think of how many miles some of these birds have seen is the neatest part about it. In addition, I had a bird that I banded last summer that was harvested in South Texas three months later and 1,400 miles south of here.”

Because some bands are very small, hunters can easily overlook them. Williamson reminds hunters to carefully check all harvested doves and waterfowl for the presence of a leg band. If you harvest a banded migratory bird, please report it by logging on to http://www.reportband.gov/RECFORM.CFM. One change to note, banded migratory birds can no longer be reported by the phone number on the band. This must be completed on the website.

Wednesday, July 12th 2017
Valley County Commissioners To Make Decision On Pay Increases And Improvements To Airport Road
On Monday, the Valley County Commissioners will vote on two big subjects, proposed improvements to the airport road in Glasgow and pay increases for elected officials and county employees.

Valley County has received a bid for $774,470 to improve the airport road in Glasgow. The improvements would include patching, leveling, an overlay and chip sealing for the road from Highway #2 by Ezzies, up past the airport and to the junction with Glasgow High School. The proposed improvements do not include Scottie Pride Drive. The commissioners will vote on the proposed project on Monday.

The commissioners will also decide on Monday, pay raises for county employees including elected officials. The Valley County Salary Compensation Board recommended a $3000 per year increase for elected officials which amounts to a 6.8% increase in salary. The commissioners are considering a similar raise for all county employees.

A decision on wages is expected to made on Monday.

Wednesday, July 12th 2017
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Take Effect on FWP Properties in Hill and Phillips Counties, Remain in Other Counties
In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, under the recommendations of county officials, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and wildlife management areas (WMAs) are now under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Hill and Phillips counties. In addition, in the Region 6 area, Blaine, Garfield, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Valley counties remain in Stage 1 restrictions.

County officials in those counties enacted the Stage 1 Restrictions, which ban campfires except where specifically exempted. Landowners and agencies in those counties may or may not exempt specific sites. Stage 1 Restrictions also prohibit smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, and in areas at least three feet in diameter that are cleared of all flammable materials.

Per FWP policy, NO fires will be allowed, even in steel grates, at any FAS or WMA in the above-named counties except for Bear Paw Lake FAS in Hill County and Brush Lake State Park in Sheridan county. To be specific, campfires will be prohibited at the following areas:
-Faber FAS, Blaine Co.
-Bailey’s FAS, Hill Co.
-Fresno Tail water FAS, Hill Co.
-Rock Creek FAS, Garfield Co.
-Cole Ponds FAS, Phillips Co.
-Alkali Creek FAS, Phillips Co.
-Lewis and Clark FAS (Bridge Park), Roosevelt Co.
-Whitetail Reservoir, Sheridan Co.
-Duck Creek FAS, Valley Co.
-Fort Peck Dredge Cut Pond FAS, Valley Co.
-Glasgow Base Pond FAS, Valley Co.
-School Trust FAS, Valley Co.

For updates on restrictions and closures around the state, go to fwp.mt.gov and under the “news” tab, click on “drought and fire.”

Wednesday, July 12th 2017
Karla Nix Reaches Plea Agreement On Felony Charge Of Exploitation Of An Older Person
The Valley County Attorney has reached a plea agreement with Glasgow resident Karla Nix on the felony charge of Exploitation of an Older Person.

Nix was charged earlier this year with exploiting a 93-year old Glasgow resident by allegedly making charges on credit cards, making ATM withdrawals and taking monthly life insurance payments.

According to court documents, Nix will plead no contest to the felony charge. District Court Judge Yvonne Laird has ordered a pre-sentence investigation and sentencing is set for July 31st in Glasgow.

The plea agreement states that Karla Nix will receive a 4-year deferred sentence and a $2000 fine and must pay full restitution to the victim.

Judge Laird will make the final decision on sentencing and could change the terms of the plea agreement.

The Nix case was set to go to trial on July 5th but was vacated in June.

Wednesday, July 12th 2017
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions To Go Into Effect For C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge July 14th.
Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge and Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on July14, 2017.

“In an effort to remain consistent with our partners, and to deliver a common fire danger message, these refuges will begin Stage 1 fire restrictions,” said Paul Santavy, Refuge Manager for the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. “The continued hot and dry weather conditions have increased the potential for unwanted human-caused fires. Our firefighting personnel have been busy fighting lightning-caused fires and we would like to reduce the chance of them having to respond to fires caused by unattended campfires and other human activity.”

These restrictions will remain in effect until rescinded.
Under Stage 1, the following acts are prohibited: building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire, except within an established, metal fire ring in a developed recreation site; smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Exemptions to the above prohibitions are allowed for persons using a fire solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG; for a federal, state, or local officer, or member of an organized law enforcement, rescue, or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty; or persons with a permit or written authorization allowing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.

The following are approved campfire locations: Crooked Creek Recreation Area in Petroleum County; James Kipp Recreation Area in Fergus County; Fourchette Creek Recreation Area in Phillips County; Bone Trail, Pines Recreation Area, and Duck Creek Bay in Valley County.

Even the smallest spark has the potential to cause significant damage, so please do your part to prevent wildfires: crush cigarettes dead out and never leave a campfire unattended. Take precautions while recreating on public lands by always carrying a shovel, bucket and fire extinguisher. Make sure your campfire is dead out before leaving your campsite.

For up-to-date fire restrictions information, please visit to www.firerestrictions.us/mt or call your local land management agency.

For more information, please contact the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge at 535-2800; Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge at 654-2863 and Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge at 789-2305.
Tuesday, July 11th 2017
Thunderstorms Bring Some Rain To Northeast Montana
Two separate lines of thunderstorms ended up bringing some moisture to northeast Montana on Monday night into Tuesday morning.

The first line moved through on Monday evening, bringing mostly just high winds to the Glasgow area. The highest recorded gust at the National Weather Service Glasgow airport location was 58mph, though remote reports recorded a gust of 70mph 2 miles west of Glasgow.

The next line moved through early on Tuesday morning, and this time Glasgow received some much needed rainfall. The National Weather Service reported receiving 45 hundredths of an inch with the thunder-storms. According to the National Weather Service, the last time Glasgow had more than .45 was on October 31, 2016.

Monday, July 10th 2017
Watercraft users MUST stop at AIS inspection stations every time, even if they have already been inspected
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wardens would like to remind watercraft users that they must stop every time they pass an AIS inspection station, even if they have previously been inspected.

For example, if a person goes through an inspection station at 7 a.m. and receives a copy of the watercraft inspection form, and then drives past the same inspection station at 2 p.m. on their way home, they need to stop again.

According to Region 6 Warden Captain Ron Howell, many folks have been bypassing inspection stations after already being inspected, thinking they are in the clear for the day, or even the weekend, with the copy of the inspection form.

“The yellow carbon copy of the inspection form is not a ‘free pass’ to bypass a station,” said Howell. “Boaters still have to stop every time. Having a copy of a previous inspection may speed things along during an inspection, but it does not give a boater the right to bypass a station.”

This even includes if the boater is going back and forth to the same body of water and perhaps a camp site, while going by an inspection station, multiple times a day.

“With hundreds and even thousands of boats recreating, it is essentially impossible to keep track of who has stopped for an inspection and who hasn’t,” said Howell. “If you pass by an inspection station with a water vessel, there is a good chance you will be pulled over.”

Additionally, all nonresident watercraft must be inspected before they launch in the state of Montana, regardless whether there is an inspection station open or not. Nonresidents can get their boat inspected at any AIS station or at any FWP Regional office.

Monday, July 10th 2017
Seats selling like hot cake for Fort Peck Summer Theatre’s MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
On December 4, 1956, four of the biggest names in music gathered for a once in a lifetime recording session. That amazing evening is re-created in the world wide phenomenon: Million Dollar Quartet. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins come to life onstage and raise the roof in this electrifying theatrical performance.

Returning after performances in Ring of Fire, The Buddy Holly Story and Always…Patsy Cline the cast features musician-actors Ross Bridgeman (as Lewis), Tyson Gerhardt (as Perkins), John Knispel (as Elvis) and new-comer Nathan Snow (as Cash), along with Evan Goldhahn on drums and Mackenzie Leighton on bass. Also featured are Chae Clearwood as Dyanne and Andy Meyers as studio producer Sam Phillips.

Million Dollar Quartet is directed by California native and University of Montana Masters candidate Joel Shura, with a scenic design by Michaela Lynne Stein, whose credits include Assistant Scenic Designer for Frozen in Disneyland and last season’s Mary Poppins here at Fort Peck.

Performances are July 14 – July 30; Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm. This show has no intermission.

For tickets and more information visit our new online box office at fortpecktheatre.org

Friday, July 7th 2017
Info Meetings Regarding Valley View Home Scheduled
There will be several short informational meetings scheduled in Valley County for the Vote Yes Valley View Campaign.

The upcoming locations are:
Monday, July 10th in Hinsdale at 7:00p.m. at the American Legion Hall
Wednesday, July 12th at 6;30p.m. in Opheim, downstairs at the Town Hall
Thursday, July 13th at 6:30p.m. in Nashua at the City Hall
Tuesday, July 18th at 7:00p.m. at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center
Tuesday, July 25th at 1:00p.m. in Frazer at the Frazer School
Tuesday, August 1st at 6:00p.m. in St. Marie at the Town Hall
Sunday, August 6th at 7:00p.m. at the Lustre Christian High School

Everyone is strongly encouraged to attend and learn about the future of Valley View Home and what we need to do to make sure that the home remains a vibrant part of our community.

Thursday, July 6th 2017
59-Year Old Valley County Man Dies In 2 Vehicle Accident
Valley County Sheriff Vern Buerkle has told Kltz/Mix-93 that a 58-year old man died as the result of injuries suffered in a 2 vehicle collision Thursday morning near Glasgow.

Law Enforcement was called to a location 3 miles east of Glasgow on Highway 2 early Thursday morning to a head on vehicle collision. Sheriff Buerkle said that both occupants of the 2 vehicles were transported to the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

The victim of the fatality has been identified as 59-year old Keith Wynegar.

The investigation is being conducted by the Montana Highway Patrol and the Valley County Sheriff's Office.

Thursday, July 6th 2017
Latest Update On Zortman Fire
– On Wednesday, strong winds increased fire activity on the southwest edge of the July Fire, while steering the fire away from the small towns of Zortman and Landusky, and the Little Rockies Christian Camp south of Landusky.

The last known acreage was 1,669 Independence Day evening 4. However, the fire grew in size overnight and throughout the day July 5. The updated acreage is now 2100 acres. The gusty northwest winds combined with hot, dry conditions to produce a dramatic smoke column as the fire expanded to the west.

The fire is burning in mixed timber and on grassy plains, mainly on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). There is no containment of the fire, which was reported near the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Additional firefighters and equipment arrived throughout the day on Wednesday, reinforcing more than 136 already on scene. The fire control effort continues to make heavy use of firefighting aircraft, engines, and bulldozers.

As the numbers of firefighters increased, a Type 2 Incident Management Team spent the day preparing to take command of the growing firefight at 6:00 a.m. Thursday, July 6.

The team will lead the efforts of crews from the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Montana Department of Natural Resources, Phillips County and a number of volunteer fire departments.

No mandatory evacuations have been ordered at this time. However, law enforcement officers from the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office and BLM are in the vicinity to assist with evacuations, if they become necessary.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. To report wildfires, call 911 or the Lewistown Interagency Dispatch Center at (406) 538-1072.
Thursday, July 6th 2017
Applications Now Available For Beck Foundation Scholarships
Applications are now available for the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust Scholarship. These scholarships are for Valley County graduates who are past their first year of education with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 and considered full-time status in a college, university or vocational-technical institution.

Applications can be picked up from Edward Jones, 317 Klein Avenue and from Ruth Ann Hutcheson at 12 1st Avenue North. Applications must be mailed and postmarked by August 1, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship.

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

Alyce was active in 4-H and Homemakers Club, as well entering plants, sewing projects and homemade baked goods in the Northeast Montana Fair, almost every year.

Shortly before she passed away in 2007, she generously decided to set up the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust for the benefit of people in Valley County.

Thursday, July 6th 2017
Four People In Custody In Connection With Weekend Death Of Poplar Man
HELENA — Four people are in police custody in connection with the weekend death of a 41-year-old man on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeastern Montana.

The FBI, which is handling the investigation, said Wednesday that the body of Patrick Wayne Mitchell was found early Saturday in Poplar.

The FBI said two men and two women were being held by Fort Peck Tribal Police in connection with the case. The agency did not say how Mitchell died.

Wednesday, July 5th 2017
Fort Peck Reservoir Walleye Spawn Egg-take Effort a Success, Stocking Fair
Pictured: Lane and Owen Thompson, who assisted with the spawning effort, with a nice walleye

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks annual walleye spawn egg-take on Fort Peck Reservoir was completed at the end of April. In addition, stocking efforts were completed in June.

With the help of FWP personnel and over 95 volunteers, the egg collection goals were exceeded. Volunteers, Fort Peck Reservoir Biologist Heath Headley says, are key to the operation. “We wouldn’t be able to set all the trap nets, collect fish, and spawn them on a daily basis unless we had help,” he explained. “Volunteers are the main reason this has been so successful over the years.”
A total of 2,261 walleye were captured in trap nets, with approximately 81 million eggs collected.

“The condition of some of the larger walleye was very impressive this spring,” said Headley. “This is likely due to the high numbers of cisco, an important forage species, which we’ve had over the last couple of years. This abundance of food led to good growth and excellent egg production.”

“One particular female walleye collected measured 29.8 inches, but weighed a whopping 14 pounds,” said Headley. “We also observed a good number of mature walleye in the 20-25 inch range.”
Roughly 45 million eggs remained at the Fort Peck Multi-Species Fish Hatchery, with about 36 million eggs going to the Miles City Hatchery. Combined stocking efforts from the Fort Peck and Miles City hatcheries resulted in approximately 26 million fry stocked back into the reservoir this spring.
In addition, approximately 1.8 million fingerlings from the hatcheries have been released into the reservoir recently.

Unfortunately, the production of fingerlings from the large numbers of eggs collected were not as successful as anticipated. According to Wade Geraets, the hatchery manager at the Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery, the warm, dry spring and summer in eastern Montana did not bode well for the final stages of walleye development at the Fort Peck hacchery.

“The weather made it difficult to keep the water temperatures at a safe level for these young fish at the hatchery,” said Geraets. “Warm surface water temperatures, wind, and difficulties with our current water system resulted in the loss of some fish.”

The hatchery has been looking at options to obtain cooler, more consistent temperature water from other sources, such as directly from the powerhouses at Fort Peck Dam. However, getting this potential change to happen has been taking some time.

“Presently, hatchery water is obtained from the Dredge Cuts, which can warm up quite quickly in the spring,” said Geraets. “We have really struggled with our current water system this year.”


Wednesday, July 5th 2017
Hunter Education Classes Offered In Wolf Point and Bainville for Youth and Adults

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Wolf Point and Bainville areas. All hunter education classes are free of charge.

A student classroom course will be held in Wolf Point on Wednesday, July 19-Saturday, July 22. The student classroom course in Bainville will be held over two days, Friday, July 21-Saturday, July 22. An adult field day will also be held in Bainville on Sunday, July 23.

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 at each class’ registration page. Classroom students must be sure to pick up the Hunter Education manual before the class as instructed.

For youth to be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2017 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16, 2018. Students aged 10 and 11 can take a course and hunt as an apprentice, but will not be fully certified until the year they turn 12. All registrants for these events must be 10 years old by the first day of class.

For the adult online field course in Bainville, 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. Like the classroom course, adults must go to fwp.mt.gov to register for the class.

If there are any questions, please call Shane Reed for the course in Wolf Point at 406-650-4628, or Chuck Hyatt for the courses in Bainville at 406-769-7111.

Wednesday, July 5th 2017
Latest On Zortman Fire
ZORTMAN, Mont.) –The July Fire southwest of Zortman, Mont., grew in size from July 3 through Independence Day to approximately 1,669 acres.

The National Weather Service in Glasgow, Mont., is predicting hot and dry conditions will combine with gusty winds, creating critical fire weather conditions Wednesday.

About 136 Wildland Firefights are battling the blaze. Crews responded from the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Montana Department of Natural Resources, Phillips County and a number of volunteer fire departments. A Heavy Air Tanker, multiple Single Engine Air Tankers, 4 Helicopters, 10 Engines, 2 Water Tenders and 3 bulldozers are being used in the effort. More resources were order to the fire including a Type-2 Incident Management Team.

While winds and terrain mainly carried the fire away from Zortman, it did creep slowly to within a quarter-mile of the town, with a population of 69. No mandatory evacuations have been ordered at this time. However, law enforcement officers from the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office and BLM are in the vicinity to assist with evacuations, if they become necessary.

The fire is burning in mixed timber, mainly on BLM-managed lands. There is no containment at this early phase of extended attack.

The fire is under the command of Incident Commander Josh Barta, from the Bureau of Land Management North Central Montana District. The fire was reported near the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. To report wildfires, call 911 or the Lewistown Interagency Dispatch Center at (406) 538-1072.

Wednesday, July 5th 2017
A Thank You From Valley County
The Valley County Commissioners, Firefighters, and Valley County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to the extraordinary citizens of Valley County.

We appreciate the cooperation, concern, and respect shown on the 4th of July during the extreme fire danger.

The care and concern shown for our county speaks volumes about the love you have for our community.

Thank you!

Monday, July 3rd 2017
City Of Glasgow Bans Fireworks
According to Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson, the city council on Monday night voted to ban the use of fireworks within the city limits effective immediately.

With the driest spring on record, the move falls in line with other bans in the area, including the town of Fort Peck. Northeast Montana residents are all asked to be extremely vigilant regarding the dry conditions.

The fireworks show scheduled for the Valley County Fairgrounds at dusk on the night of the fourth IS scheduled to continue as planned.

Sunday, July 2nd 2017
June Was Third Driest On Record
For the third straight month, June was warmer and much drier than normal. In fact, the 0.14 inches the fell during the month wound up being the third driest June on record. It was also 2.19 inches below normal. Since April 1st, only 1.24 inches has fallen, making this the driest April through June period on record. The next driest was 2.16 inches way back in 1918.

The average temperature for the month was 65.8 degrees, which was 1.8 degrees warmer than normal. The average high temperature for the month was 80.8 degrees, with an average low of 50.9 degrees. The hottest days of the month were the 1st and 4th when the high reached 94 degrees. The coolest was on the morning of the 23rd when the low dipped down to 40 degrees.

June was rather windy as well. The wind gusted to 30 mph or greater on twenty three days, and 40 mph or greater on eight days. A peak wind of 54 mph was recorded on the 22nd.

Looking ahead to July, normal high temperatures to begin the month are in the lower 80s with normal lows in the mid 50s. By month's end, normal highs are in the upper 80s with lows in the upper 50s. Normal rainfall for the month is 1.78 inches.

Saturday, July 1st 2017
Fire Restrictions Take Effect on FWP properties in Blaine, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Valley Counties
In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and wildlife management areas (WMAs) are under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Blaine, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Valley counties effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 30.

Officials in those counties enacted the Stage I Restrictions, which ban campfires except where specifically exempted. Stage 1 Restrictions also prohibit smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, and in areas at least three feet in diameter that are cleared of all flammable materials.

Per FWP policy, NO fires will be allowed, even in steel grates, at any FAS or WMA in the above-named counties. To be specific, campfires will be prohibited at the following areas:
-Faber FAS, Blaine Co.
-Lewis and Clark FAS (Bridge Park), Roosevelt Co.
-Duck Creek FAS, Valley Co.
-Fort Peck Dredge Cut Pond FAS, Valley Co.
-Glasgow Base Pond FAS, Valley Co.
-School Trust FAS, Valley Co.

For updates on restrictions and closures around the state, go to fwp.mt.gov and under the “news” tab, click on “drought and fire.”

Friday, June 30th 2017
Valley County Farm Service Agency Now Accepting Applications For Emergency Conservation Program
Glasgow, MT), June 29, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Mike Hagfeldt today announced that Valley County is approved to accept applications for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) to address damages from drought. ECP signup will begin on July 10, 2017, and end on August 8, 2017.

According to Hagfeldt, approved ECP practices for livestock under this authorization include installing pipe to an existing or newly developed source of water, storage facilities, including tanks or troughs, constructing and deepening wells, developing springs or seeps. Also, the one-time connection fee to public rural water utility lines charged by the water service authority is also authorized. This is limited to labor, equipment and materials. Water service charges are wholly born by the producer. This list is not all inclusive.

ECP is administered by FSA to assist producers with the cost of recovery activities required to restore the agricultural land to pre-disaster conditions. Producers who sustained damage from this disaster event are encouraged to submit their request for assistance prior to beginning reconstructive work. Submitting a request after completing qualified reconstructive work may result in forfeiture of program eligibility.

FSA county committees will complete an evaluation of submitted requests and obligate available funds based on an on-site inspection of the damaged land, taking into consideration the type and extent of the eligible damage. Completion of the on-site inspection does not guarantee that cost-share funding will be allocated.

The use of obligated funds is limited to return the land to the relative pre-disaster condition. Conservation concerns that were present on the land prior to the disaster are not eligible for ECP assistance. Approved ECP applicants may receive up to 75 percent of the cost of completing the approved restoration activity.

For more information on ECP, please contact the Valley County FSA office at 406-228-4321 x2.

Thursday, June 29th 2017
Fort Peck Native Pens Novel About Growing Up In Fort Peck
Fort Peck native, Rick Dees, recently released a novel titled "Pecker Tracks". The novel follows the antics of three 15-year old boys spending the summer of 1979 in Fort Peck, Montana.

Dees is a Science Teacher in the Billings area and this is his first novel. Rick sat down with Stan Ozark this week to discuss the novel.

For more information on the book you can visit www.rsdees.com

Here is the complete interview:

Rick Dees.

Thursday, June 29th 2017
Fire Restrictions In Place For Valley County
The long, hot days of summer are drying out the vegetation in north central Montana. The resulting increased fire danger has prompted authorities to begin implementing fire restrictions.

Blaine, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Valley counties will begin Stage 1 fire restrictions on Friday, June 30, 2017 starting at 12:01 a.m. These restrictions apply to all state, private, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed lands within these counties. All U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service managed lands within these counties will not implement fire restrictions at this time.

Additionally, representatives from Fort Belknap Indian Reservation elected to enter into Stage 1 fire restrictions for all tribal lands within the Fort Belknap Reservation, which is located in both Blaine and Phillips counties.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 office has elected to ban all campfires from fishing access sites except for the Bear Paw Lake fishing access site in Hill County.

Stage 1 fire restrictions apply to campfires and smoking. Under Stage 1 restrictions, the following acts are prohibited:
• Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except within a developed recreation site, fire ring or improved site.
• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Exemptions to the above Stage 1 prohibitions include the following:
• Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
• Persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
• Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
• Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
• All land within a city boundary is exempted.
• Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe/jurisdiction.

Fireworks are prohibited on all state and federal lands. Exploding targets available for sale to recreational shooters are considered a pyrotechnic product and are prohibited on federally managed lands year round.

Any individual who causes a wildfire intentionally or through negligence will be held accountable for damage and suppression costs.

For additional information on fire restrictions, visit the fire restrictions website at www.firerestrictions.us or contact Shannon Bonney, Lewistown Area Restrictions Coordinator, at (406) 538-1900.

Thursday, June 29th 2017
Valley County Issues Statement Regarding Fireworks
Everyone in this county knows that fire danger is extremely high, and that July 4 fireworks will greatly increase the chances for fire. Firefighters in Valley County and Valley County Commissioners know that they speak on behalf of all citizens of Valley County when we ask for everyone’s cooperation, concern, and respect for this extreme fire danger.

Legal opinion advises Commissioners that while towns have authority to ban fireworks, Valley County cannot make such an ordnance. In some instances Valley County can cite a person for being a public nuisance with fireworks.

Those who choose to use fireworks, anywhere in Valley County, should know that they are liable for any damages caused by their fireworks, and that includes cost of fire crews who respond to a fire.
Bottom line- this is our county and we have to pull together to prevent fires. If you feel you must use fireworks, please use extreme caution. Precautions should include: have a readily available source of water, know the capabilities of your fireworks, be aware of wind direction, do not use in proximity of dry plants, and perhaps the best thing to do in this extremely dry year--- -- save your fireworks and use them as part of a New Year’s celebration.

Also, the Town of Fort Peck has announced that there will be no setting off of fireworks in the town limits for the 4th of July holiday.

Wednesday, June 28th 2017
Future of Valley View Home Discussed
Valley County taxpayers are being asked to help out in keeping Valley View Nursing Home a part of the community. A task force formed earlier this year has reviewed and researched the challenges facing the nursing home. The task force is recommending specific actions to insure the long term financial stability of Valley View Home.

Stan Ozark visited with two members of the task force, Tom Markle and Don Fast. The discussed the current situation of Valley View Home and the actions that need to be taken to insure the long term financial stability of Valley View Home.

Valley View Home.

Tuesday, June 27th 2017
Valley County To Receive Over $1.1 Million From PILT Program
(U.S. Senate) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced that Montana counties will receive $31.8 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for 2017.

“PILT payments help Montana counties provide critical services and keep a balanced budget,” Tester said. “Local officials will use these resources to builds roads, supports important infrastructure projects, and bolsters local police and fire departments. I know how important PILT payments are to Montana, and I will keep fighting to secure these essential investments for rural communities.”

As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tester worked with Republicans and Democrats to secure these resources in the federal budget earlier this year.

Tester announced that 55 Montana counties will receive PILT payments this year. PILT payments are awarded to counties with federal lands that are not taxable by local governments, but the lands’ presence creates demands for local government services, such as law enforcement and infrastructure.

President Trump is proposing to cut PILT by 15 percent in his 2018 budget. Tester has called on the Administration to reverse course and fully fund PILT for Montana counties.

COUNTY

PAYMENT

TOTAL ACRES

ANACONDA DEER LODGE COUNTY
$453,566
216,220
BEAVERHEAD COUNTY
$757,068
2,051,997
BIG HORN COUNTY
$15,286
41,433
BLAINE COUNTY
$1,013,358
451,657
BROADWATER COUNTY
$663,448
289,667
CARBON COUNTY
$1,094,898
574,688
CARTER COUNTY
$210,792
593,732
CASCADE COUNTY
$478,564
215,375
CHOUTEAU COUNTY
$374,826
156,188
CUSTER COUNTY
$862,044
333,580
DANIELS COUNTY
$0
200
DAWSON COUNTY
$53,800
63,960
FALLON COUNTY
$42,760
115,901
FERGUS COUNTY
$1,215,142
484,357
FLATHEAD COUNTY
$2,619,256
2,442,403
GALLATIN COUNTY
$1,699,685
732,739
GARFIELD COUNTY
$234,730
814,900
GLACIER COUNTY
$1,037,183
401,760
GOLDEN VALLEY COUNTY
$73,213
31,611
GRANITE COUNTY
$259,031
702,091
HILL COUNTY
$121,875
47,718
JEFFERSON COUNTY
$1,216,670
552,622
JUDITH BASIN COUNTY
$263,528
309,918
LAKE COUNTY
$443,525
175,166
LEWIS & CLARK COUNTY
$2,458,342
1,082,843
LIBERTY COUNTY
$82,747
33,705
LINCOLN COUNTY
$644,300
1,746,346
MADISON COUNTY
$891,024
1,055,850
MCCONE COUNTY
$286,247
274,071
MEAGHER COUNTY
$179,537
486,628
MINERAL COUNTY
$236,917
642,150
MISSOULA COUNTY
$1,776,007
868,010
MUSSELSHELL COUNTY
$179,873
87,517
PARK COUNTY
$1,349,565
955,757
PETROLEUM COUNTY
$84,853
335,040
PHILLIPS COUNTY
$511,406
1,376,973
PONDERA COUNTY
$233,444
108,699
POWDER RIVER COUNTY
$219,074
593,790
POWELL COUNTY
$636,300
743,031
PRAIRIE COUNTY
$158,456
429,486
RAVALLI COUNTY
$2,375,857
1,120,238
RICHLAND COUNTY
$19,999
54,206
ROOSEVELT COUNTY
$1,580
4,284
ROSEBUD COUNTY
$120,198
325,793
SANDERS COUNTY
$338,425
917,286
SHERIDAN COUNTY
$657
1,781
SILVER BOW CENSUS CITY
$556,118
234,665
STILLWATER COUNTY
$448,508
198,822
SWEET GRASS COUNTY
$541,699
294,237
TETON COUNTY
$674,618
284,509
TOOLE COUNTY
$88,550
45,779
TREASURE COUNTY
$276
748
VALLEY COUNTY
$1,137,518
1,122,357
WHEATLAND COUNTY
$136,690
66,058
WIBAUX COUNTY
$9,959
26,995
YELLOWSTONE COUNTY
$203,279
78,195
TOTAL
$31,786,271
27,395,732

Monday, June 26th 2017
Sweet Spot for cross-country bicycle tourists to stay in #GlasgowMT

Bike Bin Camp, Smith Park

The Story

City of Glasgow said ‘ta da’ and improved the usage of Smith Park and installed a grain bin pavilion creating the Bike Bin Camp for cross country bicycle tourists.
How’d we get here?

Last year, the Glasgow TBID (Tourism Business Improvement District) proposed the City of Glasgow apply for a Montana Office of Tourism Business Development infrastructure grant to fund and designate Smith Park as the Bike Bin Camp to accommodate the bicycle tourists traveling along Hwy 2 on the Northern Tier bicycle route (Bar Harbor, ME to Seattle, WA). Late last summer the City of Glasgow was awarded $18,886.00 from the Department of Commerce, Office of Tourism Business Development. Since then the City of Glasgow, Glasgow TBID and a small group of community members teamed up making the Bike Bin Camp a reality.

So what’s in Smith Park?

Here are the current highlights: grain bin pavilion (Bike Bin) providing shelter and seating with a picnic table inside and a bike repair stand.

So what’s next?

Wayfinding (directional information) inside the pavilion & in the park itself, directing our visitors around our community-signage along Hwy 2 (name of the park)-2 bike wash station-ADA accessibility to the park-outdoor ice rink and flower beds-& lighting.
So what’s the benefit?
Bicycle tourists generate new dollars for our community businesses and the City of Glasgow-bicyclists spend on average $75.75/day (Institute Recreation & Research Study, http//www.bber.umt.edu/pubs/econ/bicycleTourism.pdf)

Saturday, June 24th 2017
Governor Steve Bullock Declares Valley County In A Drought Emergency
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today issued an Executive Order declaring the following counties are in a drought emergency:

Blaine, Carter, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, Hill, McCone, Petroleum, Phillips, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Valley, and Wibaux Counties, as well as the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation

“Farmers and ranchers from many Eastern Montana communities are feeling the impacts of drought conditions,” said Governor Bullock. “My administration is committed to making sure these impacts are minimized and will continue to work closely with these communities to monitor conditions and provide further assistance.”

Parts of these counties have seen record low precipitation, high temperatures, and excessive wind in the last two months. These conditions rapidly deteriorated crop and forage viability after a winter of below average precipitation.

The onset of drought became most notable when reports from many eastern and northeastern counties indicated producers were culling herds, buying hay, cutting crops early, and not seeing crops emerge 4-6 weeks after planting. Crops such as oats, spring wheat, edible dry peas, and sugarbeets are all suffering. In addition, pasture and range conditions are poor to very poor, per the June 18, 2017 Crop Progress Report. Ranchers reported extreme dust has made it difficult to keep track of all head, even during branding.

Governor Bullock also sent a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting a Secretarial Drought Disaster Designation, which would also allow Montana producers in affected counties and reservations to be eligible for the Livestock Forage Program, Emergency Conservation Program, and Emergency Livestock Assistance Program. Earlier today, USDA authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program lands in Montana.

For more information visit www.drought.mt.gov.

Thursday, June 22nd 2017
Billings Gazette Reporting That VA Has Had Discussion On Making Glasgow VA Outpatient Clinic Part-Time
Story From Billings Gazette:

HELENA — A document obtained by Lee Newspapers suggests closing the 29-bed Veterans Affairs nursing home in Miles City, as well as reducing hours at outpatient clinics in Montana and Wyoming, but a spokesman for the VA says the document is just for "brainstorming" purposes and closures are not planned.

Last Thursday, the Montana and regional VA directors gave a presentation to union leadership representing VA employees, as well as staff members from Wyoming’s congressional delegation and staffers for U.S. Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Jon Tester, D-Mont.

The presentation, which is labeled a working document, makes recommendations that include closing the Miles City nursing home, which has 18 residents. It also recommends running the Glendive, Glasgow and Hamilton community-based outpatient clinics only part-time, and in Wyoming shutting one clinic and reorganizing several others. It also proposes consolidating some administration of the VAs in Montana and Sheridan, Wyoming.


Montana VA Public Affairs Officer Mike Garcia said in an email Wednesday that the document provided to Lee Newspapers is an internal document “used exclusively for the purposes of brainstorming a number of possible inefficiencies for the two VA health care systems.” Garcia said VA’s official stance “before this briefing and since has been (and remains) that there will be no closures.” He also emphasized the document did not suggest closures of any Montana clinics.

Gerald Swanke, the District II vice president for the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents some VA Montana employees, said the presentation made it seem “extremely likely” that the changes in the working document would happen. About 20-30 union employees work in the Montana facilities mentioned, including physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants and other medical staff.

In 2015 Montana had 93,356 veterans. The state is among the top in the nation in terms of veterans per capita. Veterans in Montana have long complained about the difficulty of accessing services in a large rural state. The VA Montana Health Care System has seen turnover in its leadership team over the past several years and struggles to recruit doctors due to high workloads.

Nationwide, the VA has faced major problems with access to timely care. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs resigned in 2014 after a report that at least 40 veterans had died while waiting for care in an Arizona VA facility. Tester has worked in recent years to improve the VA, sponsoring myriad bills pushing changes in the system.

On Wednesday Tester's office released a statement saying: “Jon is committed to maintaining nursing home services for Montana’s veterans and is working with veterans, our communities, and Veteran’s Service Organizations to ensure that VA provides veterans with the long-term care they have been promised.”

Limited resources
Montana and Wyoming fight for limited clinical resources, the working document says. That reduces the capability of both markets and impedes the timely provision of health care services.

Montana and Wyoming fall under the VA's Region 19, and last year that area put together a team to look at ways to address issues in the Montana and Sheridan, Wyoming, VA facilities. The team focused on how to reduce staffing redundancies and vacancies between Montana and Sheridan and ways to increase the use of telemedicine and mobile clinics.

The team also looked at demographics for veteran populations and enrollment in Montana and Sheridan, the availability of doctors, referral patterns, opportunities for community partnership and standardization of processes and procedures.

An implementation plan presented last Thursday by Ralph Gigliotti, Veterans Integrated Service Network director for area 19 of the VA, and Kathy Berger, director of Montana VA Health Care System, lists on an "Implementation Plan" slide the suggested closure of the Miles City Community Living Center, or nursing home, by Sept. 1 and says a bed request is being routed for review and approval. The clinic in Miles City would remain open, though at a different location.

A bed request is an administrative request to reduce the number of beds in an inpatient facility or clinic, Garcia said. He added bed requests are “quite common in situations other than proposed closure,” such as when a facility has a critical staffing shortage that could affect patient safety and patient numbers need to be reduced while staff is hired.

Garcia also stressed that since Oct. 1, 2016, about 420 veterans in Montana have lived in 30 contracted nursing homes and that the 18 veterans in the nursing home in Miles City make up less than 5 percent of the annual need for care.

Union representatives say they have been given until September to create a steering committee of union members, congressional staff members, veterans services organization, employees and other interested parties to figure out how to work with the changes the VA has proposed.

The VA is also gathering input from stakeholders such as the Montana and Wyoming congressional delegations, union representatives and people at the Miles City facility. This working group will come up with recommendations on what happens next.

Swanke said he understands the VA is between a rock and a hard place in terms of being able to meet patient needs while working within budget restrictions.

President Donald Trump's proposed budget increases VA spending by 6 percent, but $3.5 billion of the additional $4.4 billion would go to expanding the Veterans Choice program that allows veterans to get care at private clinics, which are then reimbursed.

Critics have said that is a step toward privatizing the VA.

“They’re essentially making government fail so they can go to a voucher and privatize the work,” Swanke said.


There are 673 VA enrollees in Custer County, where Miles City is, and surrounding counties of Treasure, Powder River, Carter, Fallon and Prairie have a little more than 500. There are provider agreements and Choice program participants in some but not all of these counties, according to the working document.

Last fall The Billings Gazette reported the VA asked Custer County if it wanted to take over ownership of the VA facility. The VA gave the county 90 days to make a decision. County commissioners have not returned phone calls asking what the county decided.

The effort to unload the property is part of former President Barack Obama's National Strategy for Real Property and the 2015 Reduce the Footprint Property, which called for federal agencies to reduce their property ownership by 20 percent by 2018.

The recommendations in the working document were reached by looking at the number of enrolled veterans at clinics, the number assigned per provider and the number of encounters clinic staff conduct on a regular basis.


The presentation says that based on the low number of veterans enrolled and appointments made, combined with the capabilities for telehealth and the Choice act, the Glasgow, Hamilton and Glendive clinics could reduce their hours to part-time.


Swanke, a veteran, said that beyond his union’s arguments for job protection, he has concerns about moving veterans' care to non-VA facilities. Doctors who see veterans regularly get familiar with their specific needs, which makes care better, he said. Veterans are also more comfortable getting care with other veterans.

“If you take this veteran that’s got these nuanced PTSD issues and put them in an environment where they're not connected to other veterans, that’s a disincentive for them to seek care. As you dilute these systems out further and further, it becomes a case where they’re calling a long-distance number as opposed to sitting in the community having a cup of coffee with a provider.”

The Glendive clinic saw the most appointments in fiscal year 2016, with 655 enrollees making 3,432 visits. Hamilton had the next-highest number of visits, with 3,035 and 2,119 enrolled. Glasgow was the least-utilized, with 2,095 appointments and 802 enrolled.

Current wait times at the Glasgow, Hamilton and Glendive facilities range from one to three days. In most cases, Garcia said, a primary care team is made up of four full-time employees that manage the care for about 1,000 patients, which is an industry standard, Garcia said.

“A part-time team would continue to provide the same quality of care to veterans in the area while allowing the health care system to use those cost savings to address staff shortages elsewhere in the state,” he said.

Fort Harrison in Helena is the VA's main presence in Montana, with a 34-bed acute care, medical-surgical facility and a wide range of specialty care. Fort Harrison also offers radiology and pathology services and has a 24-bed inpatient mental health facility.


There are VA clinics in Anaconda, Billings, Bozeman, Cut Bank, Glasgow, Glendive, Great Falls, Hamilton, Havre, Kalispell, Lewistown, Miles City, Missoula and Plentywood.

There are also two state veterans' homes in Columbia Falls and Glendive and one proposed to be built in Butte. For these homes, the VA provides partial funding to build the facilities. Once they are operating, the VA provides some funding through per-diem payments based on the number of eligible veterans that live in the home. The VA also conducts inspections to ensure the home’s environment of care, clinical programs and other factors meet the requirements for per-diem payments to continue.

The VA contracts with private nursing homes to allow veterans to be placed in long-term care facilities close to home.

Tuesday, June 20th 2017
Last Bowhunter Education Classes Offered in Glasgow, for Youth and Adults
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Bowhunter Education course dates have been set for the last courses in the Glasgow area for this year. There will be a regular youth classroom course July 14-16, and an adult online “field day” course on July 16.

Starting in 2017, the purchase of a Montana bow and arrow license is required prior to applying for any archery-only permit. To purchase a bow and arrow license, an individual must meet one of the following requirements:
• show completion of a bowhunter education course
• show proof of purchase of a previous year’s bow and arrow license from Montana or another state
• sign an affidavit that they have previously purchased a bow and arrow license in Montana or another state.

First time archers need to plan ahead so that they have the prerequisite bowhunter education certificate in order to apply for 2018 archery-only drawings. The first drawing deadline is March 15 each year.

For the adult online field course, adults must pass the online bowhunter education course and receive a Field Day Qualifier Certificate. This Field Day Qualifier Certificate and a picture ID are necessary to obtain entrance into the field course.

The adult field course will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, beginning at the Quonset building at the FWP Headquarters in Glasgow.

The youth classroom course will also be held in the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow. Classes will run from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and from 9-11 a.m. on Sunday.

All registrants for the classroom course must be 11 years of age by July 14. To hunt during the archery only season, youth need to be at least 12-years old by January 16, 2018.

Classroom students need to pick up the “Today’s Bowhunter” manual from the FWP office in Glasgow. Before students can pick up a manual, please register and have printed and signed all necessary forms. For prospective students that reside out of the Glasgow area, FWP staff could mail the manuals as well.

Students are to read each chapter and complete all chapter review exercises before class on Friday, July 14. If workbooks are not complete, students may not be able to continue the course.

To register and learn more about the bowhunter education classes offered, please go to the FWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov and look under the “Education” tab. If there are any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700, or course coordinator Marc Kloker at 406-480-9234.

Monday, June 19th 2017
Abigail Helland Of Glasgow Finishes As First Runner Up In Miss Montana Pageant
GLENDIVE Madison Murray, 18, of Corvallis was crowned Miss Montana 2017 Saturday, June 17 in Glendive by Lauren Scofield, the reigning Miss Montana Daughter of Jim and Allison Murray, her platform is Volunteerism, turning your passion into action. She has traveled to Nicaragua three times to help impoverished neighborhoods. Maddie sang The Prayer for her talent and won the outstanding Interview and was a preliminary winner in both swimsuit and evening gown.
She wins a $5000 scholarship and will advance to Atlantic City, NJ to compete in the Miss America Pageant in September.

First Runner up with $2500 scholarship from Mid-Rivers Abigail Helland, 21, of Glasgow.
Second Runner up with a $2000 scholarship Kate Shea,22, of Helena
3rd Runner-up $1500 scholarship from Stockman Bank –Hannah Pepprock, 20, of Havre
4th Runner Up $1250 scholarship from Sheridan Electric Cooperative Justiss Firemoon, 22, of Poplar

Alyssa Kessel of Glendive was voted Montana’s Choice and received a $1000 scholarship.
Chosen most photogenic by Bohle Images, the official photographer for the week was Jessica Criss of Bozeman and for the Teens Halle Fatzinger of Bloomfield/Richey.
Jessica Criss of Havre was chosen by her peers as Miss Congeniality, for the second year sponsored by Guns N’ Things. Receiving the Spirit and Leader Award voted by the production crew, a $250 scholarship sponsored by Holden Electric was Abigail Helland.
The outstanding talent award of $750 sponsored by Jack Lawson went to Kate Shea. Maddie Murray won Outstanding Interview $500 award sponsored by Jim & Carol Swanson. All contestants earn at least a $850 scholarship.

Preliminary winners in evening gown sponsored by U.S.Bank were Thursday Maddie Murray and Friday – Jessica Criss of Bozeman. Preliminary Fitness in Swimwear sponsored by Cross Petroleum were Thursday Allysa Kessel of Glendive –and Friday Maddie Murray,

Miss America’s State Award for Community Service, a $1000 scholarship went to Abigail Helland of Glasgow and the $1000 Miss America State Award for Academic Achievement went to Hannah Pepprock of Havre. The Miss America Program is one of the largest supporters of scholarships for young women.

Friday night Alexi Baisch 17 of Glendive was crowned Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen and will compete July 25-29 in Orlando at the national competition. Rosie Ramirez of Helena, 15 was first runner up winning $750 from Cross Petroleum, Sloan Orrell of Belgrade was 2nd runner up receiving $500 scholarship from American Bank Center. 3rd runner up was Halle Fatzinger of Bloomfield, getting a $300 scholarship from American Ford. She also won the Spirit & Leader Award chosen by the production staff.

To book Miss Montana for engagements throughout Montana contact Jan Holden at holdenmissmt@gmail.com or www.missmontana.com

Monday, June 19th 2017
No Municipal Elections For Glasgow, Nashua and Opheim
Municipal elections are set for Valley County in 2017. But due to a new state law, if there aren't contested races no election needs to be held and the candidate may be elected by acclimation. Glasgow, Nashua and Opheim had no contested races so no elections will be held in those communities. Fort Peck is the exception. There are 3 candidates for 2 positions on the Fort Peck Town Council so a election will take place in November.

Glasgow:

Mayor: Becky Erickson
Ward1- Stan Ozark
Ward 2- Doug Nistler
Ward 3- Dan Carr


Fort Peck:
Alderman:
Unexpired 2 year term- Kerry Aakre
4 year term- 2 positions available: Joe French, Tyler Skolrud and Jim Williamson

Nashua: Michael Stingley
Town Council- Two 4-year terms: Mike Meridith and Linda Falkenstern

Opheim:
Mayor- Douglas Bailey
Town Council- Two 4-year terms: Scott St. John and Virgil Nelson

Monday, June 19th 2017
Fort Peck Summer Theatre Set To Open Oliver On Friday
Over 50 local kids featured in Fort Peck Summer Theatre’s Oliver, presented with special support from Arizona Broadway Theatre

Oliver is the timeless classic featuring some of musical theatre’s most beloved songs. Follow the optimistic journey of young Oliver Twist and all the iconic and exciting characters he meets along the way.  Don’t miss this production based on the Charles Dickens masterpiece, perfect for the entire family and starring a host of local children.

Oliver is produced through special cooperation with Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT), where FPST Artistic Director Andy Meyers recently directed the musical as part of their season. ABT is generously sharing some costumes, props, creative ideas and many cast members with the FPST production, including Geoff Belliston, Taylor Caprara, Jamie Parnell, Jay Michael Roberts, Meggie Siegrist, Megan Wiltshire, Ali Whitwell and Cassandra Norville Klaphake reprising her role of Nancy.

A Billings native and award winning actor and musician, she is founder and Artistic Producer of ABT, and was previously ‘heard’ at Fort Peck as the voice of the Dragon in Shrek. 11-year- old Tristan Klaphake joins his mother in Montana to recreate his starring role of Oliver. Musical Director Lizzie Webb also conducted the ABT production.

The cast of Oliver also features nearly 50 NE Montana kids playing a variety of roles, alongside local actors Hailey Stone as The Artful Dodger, Becky Johnson as Mrs. Bedwin, Amber O’Mara as Sally, Lisa Garsjo Thievin as Annie and Dan Hance as Mr. Brownlow.

Performances are June 23 – July 9; Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm.

For tickets visit our new online box office at fortpecktheatre.org. All seats will be reserved this season so to select your seat please go to our website and follow the link to select an opening night pass or a single performance seat.  Tickets will still be available at the door but to make sure you get the best seat available go to  www.fortpecktheatre.org. For more information please call the box office at 526-9943 or the theatre office at 228-9216.

Following Oliver, the 2017 season continues with:
Million Dollar Quartet: July 14 – July 30
Grease: August 4 – August 20
Souvenir: August 25 – September 4

Wednesday, June 14th 2017
Two Rivers Launches 2017-2018 Member Campaign
Two Rivers Economic Growth has been serving Valley County since 1991 in working to ensue economic growth & vitality. They believe that northeast Montanans deserve stability, opportunity and prosperity in their businesses, communities and economy.

Two Rivers Members are Valley County’s growth partners and they ensure that our vision of economic freedom & prosperity and our mission of making Valley County the best place to live, work and play is fulfilled year after year. By joining Two Rivers you can impact your community in a positive and rewarding way by seeing their objectives put to work in the following areas:

Business Recruitment & Expansion
Community Infrastructure
Rural Economic & Community Development
Advocacy
Membership
Public Awareness

Two Rivers will work within all of these core areas to create a vibrant community and an environment that increases local jobs & tax base, retains and expands existing business, develops downtown and encourages collaborations & partnerships.

By joining Two Rivers you can grow your business and community as well as join other businesses and colleagues who are equally dedicated to ensuring economic stability and growth of Valley County and Northeast Montana.

Please contact Two Rivers Executive Director, TeAra Bilbruck to become a member or volunteer at 406-263-GROW or email trg2@nemont.net.
Wednesday, June 14th 2017
Keep Your Eye Out For Swift Fox
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks encourages people to report any live or road-killed sightings of swift fox to their local FWP biologist.

To report sightings, people need to be able to tell the difference between swift fox, red fox and coyotes. Swift foxes are about the size of a house cat, smaller than red foxes and only about a fifth the size of coyotes. Red foxes are red, with some variations, and have white-tipped tails. Swift foxes have grayish-red fur and a black-tipped tail. Coyotes can have similar coloring and tail markings, but again are much larger. Juvenile coyotes could resemble swift foxes certain times of the year.

Swift fox were once abundant on the Great Plains, but in the early 1900s numbers began to decline in response to government poisoning campaigns aimed at wolves, prairie dogs and ground squirrels. Swift foxes lost a prey source in prairie dogs and squirrels, and when wolves declined, they couldn’t outcompete coyotes and red foxes for food.

In 1969, Montana declared swift fox basically extinct locally. However, due in part to transplant programs in Canada, sightings of swift foxes have increased in eastern and central Montana since the 1980’s, leading to stable populations in north-central Montana that support a trapping season.

Swift fox are year-round residents, inhabiting prairies and arid plains. Largely nocturnal, swift foxes can range over several square kilometers a night. They breed from late December to early March, with a single litter of three to six pups born late March to early May. Young are raised in an underground den, emerging in early June and dispersing in late summer or early fall.

Locations of swift fox can give biologists valuable information, such as better understanding of the distribution of fox and location of dens. In addition, studies are being conducted with radio collared fox, and any help in locating foxes and their dens is crucial to the study. If you happen to spot a swift fox, please contact your local biologist and if possible, get a GPS point or accurate map location of the sighting. In Region 6, direct all sightings to Heather Harris at 406-228-3725, or email heharris@mt.gov.

Monday, June 12th 2017
Municipal Election Filing Ends June 19th
Municipal elections are set for Valley County in 2017. Filing started on April 20th and ends on June 19th. The municipal elections are set for November 7th.

Here are the seats up for election in Valley County

Glasgow:

Mayor: Becky Erickson- Filed For Re-Election
Ward1 Stan Ozark- Filed For Re-Election
Ward 2 Melanie D Sorensen
Ward 3 Dan Carr-Filed For Re-Election


Fort Peck:
Alderman:
Kerry Aakre unexpried 2 year term- Filed For Re-Election
Mark Sullivan 4 year term
Joe French 4 yr term- Filed For Re-Election

Nashua: Mayor Allen Bunk
Alderman/Woman Linda Falkenstern and Verlin Borgen- Mike Merideth has filed

Opheim:
Mayor Douglas Bailey; Aldermen Scott St. John and Virgil Nelson

Monday, June 12th 2017
Fort Peck Reservoir Angler Creel Survey Underway Through September
Photo tagline: a happy angler with a nice lake trout. Photo credit: FWP’s Steve Dalbey

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

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

The data-gathering, face-to-face surveys will be based at marinas and boat ramps around the reservoir. Creel clerks will ask several questions about the day’s fishing and will also measure all harvested fish.

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 12th 2017
Hunter Education Class Offered in Glasgow for Youth
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the second course in the Glasgow area for this year. There will be a regular youth classroom course June 23-25th.

For youth, to be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2017 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16, 2018. Students aged 10 and 11 can take the course and hunt as an apprentice, but will not be fully certified until the year they turn 12. All registrants for this event must be 10 years of age by June 23.

The youth classroom course will be held in the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow. Classes are scheduled to run from 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Friday, from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and from 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Times may be adjusted if necessary.

Classroom students need to pick up the Hunter Education Manual from the FWP office in Glasgow. Students are to read each chapter and complete all review sections before class on Friday, June 23. If workbooks are not complete, students may not be able to continue the course.

To register and learn more about the hunter education classes offered, please go to the FWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov and look under the “Education” tab. If there are any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700, or class instructor Tim Zabrocki at 406-210-4941.

Friday, June 9th 2017
Man gets more than 9 years for fatal stabbing in Poplar
(Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison for killing a man during an after-hours bar fight in northeast Montana.

The Great Falls Tribune reports Keith Joseph Hanks was sentenced Thursday to 112 months in prison for the July 22, 2016, stabbing death of 19-year-old Duran Jackson. Hanks, who claimed self-defense, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

According to court documents, Hanks, his friend and his friend's girlfriend were standing outside a Poplar bar after closing time when Jackson allegedly spit on Hanks' friend, prompting the fight.

Jackson had been romantically involved with the friend's girlfriend in the past.

Hanks was 33 at the time of the stabbing.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Friday, June 9th 2017
Street Closed By Fire Hall
Third street south, between second and third avenue, is closed today as crews repair a gas line. The block in front of the fire hall is likely to be closed all day (Friday).
Thursday, June 8th 2017
Group Announces Campaign To Save Long Distance Train Service From Amtrak
This summer's travel season may be the last with passenger trains for millions of Americans. The Trump Administration's proposed budget wipes out funding for long distance train service in over 220 cities and towns and in 23 states that will lose train service completely.

In response to the budget, Jim Mathews, President and CEO of the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP), announced the launch of a "Rally For Trains" campaign to protest the devastation of America's passenger train network. Passengers are already planning rallies at train stations across the country on Friday, June 23 in more than 20 cities including: Alexandria, VA; Birmingham, AL; Charlottesville, VA; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Martinsburg, WV; Meridian, MS; Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; Portland, OR; Richmond, VA; Sacramento, CA; San Luis Obispo, CA; Toledo, OH; Washington, DC; Wilmington, DE and Whitefish, MT.

"If Congress enacts this budget, our national passenger rail network will largely cease to exist," said Mathews. "Communities and rail passengers need to clearly and loudly tell Congress that our communities and citizens rely on trains as important travel options."

The proposed 2018 White House budget would slash funding for Amtrak, leaving 140 million Americans without access. Other cuts to transit and commuter rail programs will cost thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs, especially in small town America. Budget cuts will place a disproportionate amount of pain on rural and working class communities who rely on rail and public transit services for everyday travel.

Although the threatened services are commonly called long-distance trains, they also serve as local and regional transportation for the communities they serve. In Montana and North Dakota, for example, Amtrak's long distance trains connect nineteen towns and cities on a single corridor. In Florida, twenty eight communities are bound together by long distance routes that offer an important travel option for family and business travelers.

"Millions of people will be left isolated, and those who will suffer the most are those who rely on passenger rail to get to their job, for an ADA-compliant mode of travel, and for people where other transportation options are limited," said NARP Chairman Peter LeCody. "The voices of these people must be heard by members of Congress, and we plan to make that possible during our 'Rally For Trains.'"

For more information on "Rally For Trains" events, or to contact members of Congress, visit www.TownsWithoutTrains.com.

About the National Association of Railroad Passengers
NARP is the only national organization speaking for the nearly 40 million users of passenger trains and rail transit. We have worked since 1967 to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in the U.S. Our mission is to work towards a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want. Our work is supported by more than 28,000 individual members nationwide.

Wednesday, June 7th 2017
Spokane, Washington Man Arrested On Theft Charge
19-year old Austin James Lonas was arrested by the Valley County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday evening and charged with Felony Theft and Misdemeanor Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Tuesday evening the VCSO was alerted to a stranded vehicle just east of Glasgow on Highway #2. When the VCSO came upon the Ford Van there were 3 individuals pushing the van towards Glasgow and indicating the vehicle was out of gas.

Upon further investigation it was determined the vehicle was stolen out of the State of Washington.

The VCSO arrested Austin Lonas and he was charged with Felony Theft and Misdemeanor Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Bond was set at $1085 on the theft charge and $335 on the misdemeanor charge. Lonas was incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center.

Valley County Sheriff Vern Buerkle told Kltz/Mix-93 that the Glasgow Police Department assisted in the incident and the investigation continues. Additional charges are possible according to Sheriff Buerkle.

Wednesday, June 7th 2017
Trial Date Set In Case Involving Exploitation Of Older Person
A trial date has been set in a case involving Valley County resident Karla Nix who has been charged with Felony Exploitation of an Older Person.

Karl Nix was charged with the felony earlier this year with allegations that she exploited a 93-year old woman from a period of 2014-2016.

The trial date has been set for July 5th at 9am in Glasgow.

It is alleged that Nix exploited the 93-year old woman who was living at Nemont Manor in Glasgow. Nix allegedly made charges on the woman's credit cart, making withdrawals on the woman's ATM account, taking monthly life insurance payments and used the funds for her own personal benefit.

Nix is currently free on her own recognizance. She initially was incarcerated on $5000 bond but her attorney argued Nix was indigent and unable to post bail. The court agreed and she was released on her own recognizance in April.

Wednesday, June 7th 2017
FMDH Looking to the Future with Dry Needling
Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital’s Physical Therapy Department is now offering the relatively new, and highly sought after therapeutic treatment procedure of dry needling. Dry needling is a procedure in which a thin solid filament needle is inserted into muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a ‘Trigger Point’. The goal of this treatment is to alleviate pain and improve moment for both acute and chronic conditions including M.S., hip/knee pain, shin splints, rotator cuff injuries, neck and lower back pain, tension headaches, and almost all issues related to muscular and tissue pain. Dry Needling is performed by Western medical practitioners using needles to treat the musculoskeletal and nervous systems based on modern neuroanatomy science. Unlike acupuncture, the process of dry needling is not based on the flow of chi, meridians, or traditional Chinese medicine. Instead of aiming to restore an energy balance in the body, dry needling aims to return dysfunctional muscle tissues back to a fully functioning and comfortable state.

Dry needling is a research supported technique, founded on the knowledge of musculoskeletal medicine and looks at a physiological way of administering the needles and treatment. The process of dry needling does not include a prescribed medication and most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. There is a local twitch response that can elicit a very brief (less than a second) sensation similar to that of a muscle cramp. Typically positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions, but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms and overall health of the patient. Dry needling is a low-risk procedure in which the danger of a serious adverse reaction is actually less than that of taking an ibuprofen.

In Montana, FMDH is the one of the first physical therapy providers East of Billings to offer this service. To treat with dry needling and be in compliance with State Practice Acts, a practitioner must have an advanced degree and at least two years of experience to even start the rigorous and extensive training process to become certified. Derek Beadle, DPT has completed such training and is currently making appointments. No physician referral is needed above what is already required. For more information please call 228-3635.

Stan Ozark visited with Derek Beadle to find out more about this relatively new procedure. Listen to entire interview:

The full interview is here: Derek.

Tuesday, June 6th 2017
Making The Most Of Medicare Part B

Initial Preventative Physical Exams (formerly known as Welcome to Medicare) are a great way to get a well-rounded view of your health, as well as save you money!

Medicare covers a one-time preventative visit within the first 12 months that you have Medicare Part B. The goal is to get up-to-date on important screenings and shots, as well as bring all of your medical history together to one place so we can focus on you as a whole. During this initial visit, we will work on preventative care, identify any un-met needs, and establish a relationship between you and a Primary Care Provider. There is no deductible or co-pay, making this a great opportunity to raise concerns or ask questions you have been putting off.

During the visit, your doctor will record your medical and social history, check your height, weight, and blood pressure, calculate your body mass index, give you a simple vision test and hearing test, review your potential risk for depression and your level of safety, and offer to talk to you about creating advanced directives. You will also receive a written plan letting you know what screenings, shots, and other preventative services you need.

After your Initial Preventative Physical Exam

If you have had Medicare Part B for longer than 12 months, you are eligible to receive a yearly “Wellness” visit to develop or update your personalized prevention plan based on your current health and risk factors. Again, there is no deductible or co-pay for this yearly service. You do not need to have had an Initial Preventative Physical Exam before getting a yearly Wellness visit.

Value of Wellness Visits for Patients

A one hour visit per year extends life and reduces disabilities
• Increases compliance with preventative care.
• Detects functional decline.
• Detects changes in family/social support.
• Detects depression and substance abuse.
• Detects vision and hearing loss.
• Appropriate referrals and follow up reduces progression of diseases and improves outcomes.


For Questions or to schedule your appointment please call the Glasgow Clinic at 406-228-3400.

Stan Ozark visited with Patti Fogle who is coordinating this effort at the Glasgow Clinic. For more information listen to the full interview:

The full interview is here: Patti Fogle.

Monday, June 5th 2017
Glasgow Woman Dies In Vehicle Accident
HELENA — Authorities say 56-year-old woman hospitalized after a Tuesday wreck on Highway 200 has died.

Randon Billman of Glasgow died late Thursday night, according to Lewis and Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg. Billman had been hospitalized in Great Falls since the Tuesday afternoon crash northeast of Lincoln.

The man accused of causing the wreck is charged with a felony count of failure to satisfy duties upon accident involving another person. Officials say Devon Scott Richie, 21, was behind the wheel of a 2008 Dodge Ram when the truck collided with a 2012 convertible BMW driven by Billman.

Richie is accused of failing to render aid to the injured woman, fleeing the scene and not contacting law enforcement. He then "knowingly and purposefully became intoxicated after the crash," court documents say.

The crash remains under investigation.

Friday, June 2nd 2017
Application Deadline For Glasgow High School Educational Trust Scholarship Is July 1
ATTENTION:

GLASGOW HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES ATTENDING COLLEGE OR TRADE SCHOOL.

The Montana Board of Regents has raised tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year from 2% to 12% depending on the school.

YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL AID FROM THE GLASGOW HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL TRUST.

Log on to www.ghsedutrust.org now for the application and other relevant information.
The application deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year is
JULY 1, 2017.

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.

Wednesday, May 31st 2017
80's And Up Demolition Derby Results
Hi-Line Motor Sports sponsored an 80's and up Demolition Derby on Saturday at the Northeast Montana Fairgrounds. Here are the results:


1st Place - Fred "Derf" Potter, Glasgow
2nd Place - Roddey Zinda, Glendive
3rd Place - Skylor Powell, Havre
Mad Dog - Chris Moore
Hard Luck - Travis Austin

10 Cars
455 in attendance

Wednesday, May 31st 2017
Daines Announces over $8.9 Million in Funding for 20 Montana Airports
U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that 20 Montana airports have received $8,989,592.00 in funding for critical upgrades and maintenance.

“Montana’s community airport play a critical role in connecting our state,” Daines stated. “Every single dollar make a huge difference to keeping our rural airports reliable and ready to use.”

Area airports included:

Wokal Field/Glasgow International: $82,678.00
This project will fund the construction of a double pump fuel facility to assist the airport to be as self-sustaining as possible by generating revenue. The sponsor has adequately financed the airside needs of the airport.

This project will fund mill and overlay for the rehabilitation of 212 square yards of the existing parking lot pavement that has reached the end of its useful life. The parking lot is non-revenue generating and available for public use.

Big Sky Field, County of Roosevelt and City of Culbertson: $212,400.00
This project will fund the installation of an automatic weather observing system to enhance the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations at the airport by providing accurate, current, and site-specific weather information.

Big Sky Field Airport is a general aviation airport, designated as basic, as defined in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) report.

Wednesday, May 31st 2017
Analysis Of Special Congressional Election Show Gianforte's Winning Percentage Increased In Valley County After Incident
An analysis of vote totals in Valley County show that Greg Gianforte not only won Valley County easily but actually increased his winning percentage after an incident occurred the day before the election.

Gianforte was charged with assault the day before the election after he allegedly assaulted a reporter in Bozeman. Nearly 2/3 of voters in Montana had voted by absentee before the incident had occurred and many were wondering how the assault charge would affect those who voted after hearing about the incident.

Gianforte easy won Valley County with over 60% of the vote and while over 50% of voters had voted absentee a fair amount voted on the day of the election. Numbers show that Gianforte actually increased his winning percentage in 2 Valley County precincts for those who voted on election day.

Here are the numbers:

Precinct 31

Greg Gianforte winning percentage: 59% absentee and 37% election day
Rob Quist percentage- 32% absentee and 34% election day

Precinct 33

Greg Gianforte winning percentage: 61% absentee and 66% election day
Rob Quist percentage: 27% absentee and 28% election day

Precinct 34

Greg Gianforte winning percentgage: 66% absentee and 67% election day
Rob Quist percentage- 25% absentee and 24% election day

Wednesday, May 31st 2017
Join The Tour de Prairie for Bike Travel Weekend, June 4th
The Tour de Prairie is a global movement to inspire people of all ages and background to go on a bike overnight on the same weekend.

Glasgow, MT – Glasgow will participate in Bike Travel Weekend by organizing a bike overnight on June 4th, to encourage people of all ages, backgrounds and interests to experience the joy and simplicity of traveling by bicycle and spending the night at a campground, park, hotel, bed and breakfast, hostel or friend’s house or backyard. This movement to inspire people throughout the world to participate in a bike overnight on the same weekend as thousands of others is being spearheaded by Adventure Cycling Association.

FREE! Leisure Bicycle Rides to celebrate the new Smith Park Bicycle Camp!

11:30 AM - Age 13 & Up Ride. Meet at the Busted Knuckle Brewery. Leisure ride on Tampico Hwy, 24 mile ride with shuttle if you can't complete the entire ride.

1:00 PM - Youth Ride (K-5th Grade). Meet in the parking lot across from the Elk's. Anyone under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult.

2:00 PM - Root beer Floats, Brews, & BBQ at the Busted Knuckle Brewery.
Pitch your tent at the Smith Park Bicycle Camp located on Hwy 2 East across from the Cottonwood Inn & Suites!

Sponsors: Glasgow TBID, FMDH, Busted Knuckle Brewery, Glasgow Police Dept. & Glasgow Downtown Association.

For more info, please contact Tami Burke: 406-480-2819 or at tbidglasgow@nemont.net

Adventure Cycling’s website provides do-it-yourself resources and an interactive map to connect bike travelers. Bike Travel Weekend trips can be added to the interactive map by filling out the simple registration form at BikeTravelWeekend.org.

Those wanting to join an existing bike overnight can search for trips in their area or contact a Bike Travel Weekend Advisor listed on the website. Advisors throughout North America have bike travel experience and can answer questions about going on a bike overnight.

Everyone who registers by May 22 will receive a Bike Travel Weekend sticker and will be entered in a sweepstakes to win an Advocate Cycles Seldom Seen bicycle or a trip for two, with bikes, to Glacier National Park on Amtrak’s Empire Builder. The first 250 people to register will also receive a 3 oz. package of coffee courtesy of Black Coffee Roasting Co.

A variety of sharing and media tools are available, including the Bike Travel Weekend logo, sample social media posts and images, a poster, and a sample newsletter article, for participants and others wanting to help spread the word. The Bike Travel Weekend hashtag is #biketravelweekend.

For more information about Glasgow’s Tour de Prairie Bike Travel weekend event, contact Tami Burke @ 480-2819 or tbidglasgow@nemont.net

Wednesday, May 31st 2017
City of Glasgow to commence street paving projects this week
The City of Glasgow has committed almost $400,000 to improving city streets this summer. The projects are starting this week. Here is a tentative schedule of the projects for the next 5 days.

Thursday June 1, 2017
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2nd Street South
11th Street South
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Friday June 2nd
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Meadow Court
10th Street North
Valley View
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Monday June 5th
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10th Street North (behind Flip Burgers and Carwash)
Lasar Drive

Tuesday, May 30th 2017
Recommendations for Haying in a Wildlife-Friendly Manner
-By FWP Region 6 Upland Game Bird Specialist Ken Plourde

Haying season is fast approaching, along with critical nesting and brood-rearing periods for Montana game birds like pheasants, grouse, Hungarian partridge, and waterfowl. Many of these birds try to nest or raise their young in hay fields, which can cause big problems for them when haying equipment comes around.

Each year, many nests are destroyed, and hens, chicks, and deer fawns are killed by haying equipment. However, just a few small conservation measures during the haying operation can reduce those losses by 60 percent or more. For landowners haying this season, please consider adopting some of the following practices to give game birds and other wildlife a better chance of surviving:

• If possible, wait to hay or mow until after July 15, or better yet August 1. By this time most nests are hatched and chicks are big enough to run and escape mowing equipment.

• Raise the mower deck to 4”-6” off the ground. This reduces the chance any nests and eggs will be destroyed when the mowing implement passes over.

• Hay only during daylight hours.

• Use a flushing bar. These simple devices give hens a chance to flush from nests far enough away from the mower that they will not be caught.

• Drive slower in areas where wildlife are more common or have been observed in the past, like near brushy areas or wetlands.

• Hay the field in a pattern that allows wildlife to escape the field safely. A common practice is to circle the outer edges of the field first then work the way towards the center. This “death spiral” pushes wildlife towards the center of the field where they are eventually run over, or forces them to cross open space and risk predation to reach safe cover. Instead, consider beginning at one end of the field and work back and forth across, pushing wildlife towards an area of safe cover. Another pattern is to begin in the center of the field and work outwards.

• Leave borders around the field of 20-60 feet wide. Research shows that most pheasant hens nest within 50 feet of the field edge. Leaving a little habitat around the edges can go a long way towards reducing wildlife mortality.

By trying just a few of these haying practices, landowners can greatly increase the chances that wildlife will survive haying season, and may lead to more robust populations on their property year-round. If anyone would like more information or recommendations about small ways that you can help game birds and other wildlife on your agricultural operation, call your nearest Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist.

Tuesday, May 30th 2017
Glasgow Women Compete In Miss Montana Pageant
Who will be crowned Miss Montana 2017 taking over for the reigning Miss Montana Lauren Scofield of Helena? The 68st annual Miss MT Scholarship Pageant is June 15-17 in Glendive in conjunction with Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen competition for 13-17 year olds. Each Miss Montana contestant receives at least a $850 scholarship and the teens $150 with over $300,000 in cash and applied scholarships awarded.

Miss Montana 2017 contestants are:
Hanna Pepprock of Havre; Jessica Criss from Bozeman; Abigail Helland ,Glasgow; Toby Jeanne Almy, Miles City; Justiss Firemoon of Poplar; Alyssa Kessel, Glendive; Maddy Tommerup, Havre; Ella Crowder, Culbertson & Missoula; Madison Murray, Corvallis; Kate Shea, Helena; Alara Vogel, Havre and Autumn Gault of Glasgow.

Outstanding Teen Class of 2017 are:
Alexa Baisch of Glendive, Rosie Ramirez of Helena, McKenzie Taylor of Rock Springs, Sloan Orrell, Belgrade, Kinsey Ross of Bainville and Halle Fatzinger of Bloomfield,

Preliminary competition with 12 Miss MT contestants and five outstanding teens begins Thursday June 15 at 7PM at the DCHS auditorium in Glendive. Friday at 1PM the Glendive Chamber sponsors the “Show Us Your Shoes” parade followed by an ice cream social. Friday night viewers will see the other half of the contestants perform talent and one of the teens crowned Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen followed by a coronation party at the Moose Lodge.

The public is invited to the Royal Tea Saturday at 1PM at the Moose, emceed by Miss Montana 2016 Lauren Scofield. The princesses, age 6-9, sit with their “big sister” Miss Montana or Outstanding Teen contestant and enjoy entertainment and refreshments

People can vote on Montana’s Choice online at www.missmontana and at the pageant, $1 per vote to advance their favorite to the semi-finals Saturday night at 7PM. Montana’s Choice receives the scholarship money and will be announced with the semifinalist as they compete Saturday night in evening gown, fitness, talent and on stage question. The five judges select the top five. The newly crowned Miss Montana 2017 wins a $5000 scholarship and will compete in the Miss America pageant in September.

Tickets are $15 Thursday, $20 Friday, $25 Saturday or $50 for all three nights. Reserved patron seating is $60. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce 377-5601 online at www.missmontana.com or at the door.


Wednesday, May 24th 2017
Stan Ozark Visits With Glasgow School Superintendent Bob Connors
Kltz/Mix-93 News Director Stan Ozark visited with Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors on Tuesday. A variety of issues were discussed including the rejection of a levy request by Glasgow voters and a new collective bargaining agreement with the Glasgow Education Association.

The full interview is here: Bob Connors.

Wednesday, May 24th 2017
Special Congressional Election Set For Thursday
Montana's Special Congressional Election is set for Thursday and as of Tuesday evening, 75% of the absentee ballots in Valley County had been returned. 2236 absentee ballots have been returned out of 2980 that have been sent to registered voters.

Voters that choose to vote on Thursday will vote at the Glasgow Civic Center. All voting in Valley County will now be done at the Civic Center. There will be no polling places in outlying communities. The polls will be open from 7am to 8pm.

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