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Friday, December 14th 2018
Tester Secures $600 Million Investment to Expand High-Speed Internet in Rural America
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today applauded a $600 million investment to expand high-speed internet in rural communities across the country.

Tester helped secure the investment in a budget bill in March, and he was the only member of Montana’s Congressional delegation to support the funding for this new initiative.

“Schools, families, and businesses all need reliable access to high-speed internet to thrive,” Tester said. “This funding will specifically help the country’s most rural areas close the communication gap and bring new opportunities to folks across our state.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will administer the new $600 million initiative, known as the “ReConnect Program,” through loans and grants to local telecommunication companies, tribes, and municipalities.

Communities with fewer than 20,000 residents will be eligible for the new funding to expand high-speed internet access. The first round of grants applications will be due to USDA by the end of April 2019.

Montanans can access assistance from USDA during the grant application process by visiting the ReConnect Program’s resource portal at https://reconnect.usda.gov/.

Tester earlier this week led the charge to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill that included development grants to expand access to high-speed internet in rural areas.

Tuesday, December 11th 2018
Valley County High School Seniors Encouraged To Apply For Hi-Line Sportsmen Memorial Scholarships
All Valley County high school seniors are eligible to apply for substantial college scholarships that will be awarded in February by the Hi-Line Sportsmen.

Scholarship winners will be announced at the conservation group’s annual fundraising banquet, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church’s parish hall in Glasgow. Over the past four years, a total of $11,000 has been awarded to 13 seniors headed for additional education, whether technical and trade schools or 2- or 4-year universities.

In keeping with the wildlife-conservation mission of the Hi-Line Sportsmen, scholarship applicants must possess a valid Montana hunting license. Other considerations are community service and participation in hunting and conservation-oriented activities. Application deadline for the scholarship is Feb. 1, 2019.

In previous years, the scholarship has been presented in memory of Barb Marsh, a longtime supporter of wildlife conservation and local youth, who died unexpectedly in January 2014. This year, a second benefactor, Karen Jackson, has provided support for the memorial scholarship, in memory of her husband and longtime Valley County sportsman Mark Jackson, who died in 2015. Because of the combined contributions, the scholarship has been renamed Hi-Line Sportsmen Memorial Scholarship.

Both Karen Jackson and Joe Younkin, Barb Marsh’s longtime partner, are donating a memorial gun to this year’s HLS banquet. The guns will be auctioned, and proceeds from the memorials will fund next year’s scholarships. The amount of the scholarship varies from year to year since it is dependent on funds raised by the auction, but in previous years, multiple $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to college-bound Valley County high schoolers.

For details about eligibility and other information about the scholarship, students are encouraged to visit with career counselors at high schools in Glasgow, Nashua, Frazer, Hinsdale, Opheim, and Lustre.

Call Jenn Jackson at 263-7339 or email Jackson at jennjenn910@gmail.com for information about both the scholarship and the banquet, which raises funds for local wildlife conservation, outdoor recreation, youth events, and our hunting heritage.
Saturday, December 8th 2018
Homicide charge dismissed against ND man in brother's death
(Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Prosecutors in northeastern Montana have dismissed a deliberate homicide charge filed against a North Dakota man in the death of his brother this fall.

The Billings Gazette reports Valley County investigators have determined it was unlikely John Ersness of Sawyer, North Dakota, killed 62-year-old Corwin Ersness at his residence on Fort Peck Lake on Sept. 27.

John Ersness was arrested shortly after his brother's body was found by officers responding to a call from Corwin Erness. Corwin said he was concerned that his brother was in the area. Officers found evidence of an altercation at Corwin's house.

However, Sheriff Vernon Buerkle said a search of John Ersness' vehicle and a partial autopsy don't support the homicide charge.

Buerkle says Corwin Ersness' cause of death is still being determined.

Wednesday, December 5th 2018
47-year old Glasgow man charged with arson and burglary
47-year old Glasgow resident Kory Amundson has been charged with with arson and burglary as the result of an incident that occurred December 2nd.

According to a press release from the Glasgow Police Department, on December 2nd at approximately 5:38am, the GPD responded to a report of a house fire located at 229 1st Avenue South in Glasgow. It was determined the house was empty after the flames were extinguished. Upon further investigation the Glasgow Fire Department believed the circumstances of the fire were suspicious and the State Fire Marshall's Office was contacted for consultation.

Later that day, the GPD was informed by the Valley County Sheriff's Office that they had taken a male into custody on another incident who might know something about the fire. Investigators with the VCSO and GPD then conducted a interview with the male individual. During the interview, the male individual confessed to starting the house fire. Upon completion of the interview, Kory Amundson was remanded to the Valley County Detention Center on charges of Arson and Burglary.

Amundson is still incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center with bond set at $100,000.

Wednesday, December 5th 2018
Post Office and other federal agencies closed Wednesday to mourn the death of former President Geroge H.W. Bush
Wednesday will be an effective federal holiday as the nation mourns the death of former President George H.W. Bush. President Donald Trump declared it a National Day of Mourning, meaning that nearly all federal workers would be excused from work and their agencies would be closed.

The former president will be given a state funeral Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. After the ceremony, his body will be moved to Texas, where he will be buried at his presidential library. Mr. Bush died Friday evening at the age of 94.

National Day of Mourning: Post offices closed
Even though it's busy time of year for mailing holiday cards and gifts, United States Postal Service locations will be closed on Wednesday to "honor [the former President's] vast contributions to our country during his lifetime," the USPS said in a statement. The post office will also suspend regular mail delivery and administrative office activities on Wednesday.

But some packages still may be delivered. USPS plans to provide limited package delivery on Wednesday to stay ahead of the busy holiday season.

Major U.S. stock markets closed
Major U.S. markets, including the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, will be closed on Wednesday in observance of the National Day of Mourning. SIFMA, an influential financial trade group, also recommended that bond markets close on Wednesday, which would include Treasury bonds, corporate debt, and municipal bonds.

The New York Stock Exchange said it would lower its American flag to half-staff to and U.S. traders held a moment of silence on Monday prior to the market open. The last time U.S. markets were closed to honor a late president was on January 2, 2007 for the funeral of former President Gerald Ford.

Most federal employees will be excused from work
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced that most federal workers will be excused from work on Wednesday "to allow Federal employees to join their fellow citizens in remembering our 41st President of the United States." However, employees whose absence would undermine national security, defense or essential public business will still report to work.

Nearly all federal offices will be closed
As part of President Trump's executive order, nearly all federal offices will be closed on Wednesday, with limited exceptions for national security purposes.

All Social Security field offices and hearing offices will be closed Wednesday, but the agency's online presence will be available to consumers.
The National Passport Information Center, as well as all passport agencies and centers, will be closed on Wednesday. All appointments scheduled for December 5 must be rescheduled.

Wednesday, December 5th 2018
City of Glasgow approves 2018-2019 budget
The Glasgow City Council approved a $2,326,602 general fund budget at the regular December 3rd meeting. This budget is for the 2018-2019 fiscal year which began in July of this year.

This budget is larger then the last fiscal year when the budget for the general fund was $2,264,812.

The general fund is the budget that funds most of the general operations of the City of Glasgow including the Glasgow Police Department, Glasgow Recreation Department and the Glasgow Fire Department.

The Glasgow Police Department is the largest part of the general fund with a budget of $1,146,182. The Glasgow Recreation Department has a budget of $427,147 and the Glasgow Fire Department with a budget of $121,713.

The city budget actually encompasses a total of $15,061,925 with the operations of the city water department the largest at $9,592,032 and the sewer operations of $799,221. The city also has a budget of $507,664 for street maintenance and solid waste with a budget of $490,130. These departments are outside of the general fund budget.

The City of Glasgow also has $568,726 in reserve funds.

Tuesday, December 4th 2018
Block Of Bucks Is This Friday
Friday is predicted to be one of the colder days this week by the weather forecasters. But Soroptimist members believe they will feel the warm generosity of the community once again.

Volunteers will be collecting donations for the Block of Bucks on Friday, December 7th beginning at 7 a.m. The collection boxes will be at the corners of D& G and the U.S. Post Office. They will be in operation until 5 p.m. All money collected is used to purchase warm clothing for children, infant to 17 years.

Soroptimists, with the assistance of volunteers, oversee the shopping spree on Saturday, December 8th. Volunteers are needed to help on this day as well. Any amount of volunteered time given would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers are asked to please report to the Elks Lodge on December 8 at 8:45 a.m. Shoppers, it would be very helpful for you to have your own pen, paper & calculator. A clipboard comes in handy too.

Please contact Block of Bucks committee chairman, Denise Forbes Kegel at 406-230-2489 for any questions or to volunteer.

Tuesday, December 4th 2018
General Big Game Season Ends in Region 6, Elk Shoulder Season Starts Soon
For the third year, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 has a shoulder season that allows antlerless elk hunting with a specific B-license. The past two years, the shoulder season was two weeks long, but this year the season has been extended 15 days and will run from Dec. 15-Jan. 15, 2019. Elk licenses (general elk or B-licenses) valid during the archery and general seasons are not valid for the shoulder season in Region 6. Hunters must have previously applied for this opportunity during the June 1 license drawing, and received their elk B-license that is only valid during the R6 shoulder season, either a:
699-00 Elk B-license-valid in HDs 620, 621, 622, 630, 631, 632-on all public and private lands, not including CMR National Wildlife Refuge

696-00 Elk B-license-valid in HDs 680 & 690 on all public and private lands

A shoulder season is a firearms season that occurs outside the general season and is focused on antlerless elk harvest. Shoulder seasons are not intended to replace harvest during the archery or general seasons, but aim to provide additional antlerless elk harvest to bring elk populations closer to objectives.

Shoulder seasons have specific objectives, and the Fish and Wildlife commission and department will monitor the success of shoulder seasons in each hunting district to ensure they are meeting the fundamental objectives.

Even though a shoulder season occurs outside the general season, all hunting regulations apply, including (but not limited to): obtaining landowner permission to hunt on private lands, properly validating your tag, wearing 400 square inches of orange above the waste, following legal shooting times, not shooting across a public road or right of way, leaving evidence of sex/species of the animal, and not shooting from a vehicle.

FWP suggests that hunters contact private landowners as early as possible, and to please be respectful during the holiday season. Shoulder season licenses are also valid on legally accessible public lands (except CMR Wildlife Refuge), and in participating Block Management lands.

Block Management cooperators were given the opportunity to opt out of the shoulder season, and four Block Management Areas (BMAs) in the shoulder season districts are not participating in the shoulder season for elk: #1 Springer, #21 Thorstad, #191 Wortman, and #48 Burke Ranch. These BMAs are, however, still open for upland bird hunting through Jan. 1. Permission for the participating shoulder season BMA’s are the same as they were for the general season, which can be found in our Hunting Access Guide.

Biologists would like to remind license holders that this is not a “damage hunt,” with elk stacked up in concentrated areas. Hunters should prepare to hunt hard for elk, no different than any other hunting season. Expect variable weather conditions to possibly include deep snow, cold, and/or muddy conditions. Hunters should have means to retrieve elk over potentially long distances.

Region 6 will not have any shoulder season hunt information coordinators. If there are any general questions concerning the shoulder season in Region 6, the FWP website contains a wealth of information at fwp.mt.gov/hunting/seasons/elkShoulder/ , or please contact the following:

Questions about the 699-00 license can be directed to the FWP Region 6 headquarters in Glasgow at 406-228-3700.

Questions about the 696-00 license can be directed to the FWP Region 6 field office in Havre at 406-265-6177.

Tuesday, December 4th 2018
Region 6 Havre-Area Check Station Results for the 2018 Season
The final results are in at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Havre check station for the 2018 hunting season. The check station was open for eight weeks; from Oct. 6 (the open of general antelope) through Nov. 25 (the end of the deer/elk general season). Overall, both hunter numbers and most big-game harvest increased from last year, with mule deer numbers being the highest in over 10 years.

Biologists gather a lot of valuable information and biological data on game animals brought through check stations, in addition to sampling for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) this year. FWP appreciates all hunters’ cooperation in this effort. Note that the harvest data described below includes only animals that were brought through the Havre check station and is only a partial representation of the region-wide harvest.

Hunter numbers (1,945) were up 8% from 2017, and 17% above the recent average. Havre-area biologist Scott Hemmer, who manages the station, said “Hunter numbers and harvest were below average during the upland bird and antelope seasons, but they rebounded during the general big game season. Weather conditions this year were not a major obstacle to hunter participation or success.”

And hunter success for big game was good, especially for mule deer. “The most noteworthy statistic this year was the high number of mule deer checked,” said Hemmer.

Mule deer brought through the check station totaled 713 for the year, which was up 8% from last year, and 46% above the long-term average. The total mule deer harvest numbers were the highest seen since 2007, and the second most in over 20 years.

For the year, 142 white-tails were brought by the station, which is 19% higher than 2017, but still 10% below the long-term average.

“Hunters reported seeing increasing white-tailed deer numbers this year and enjoyed the opportunity to harvest a white-tailed doe with both the one-thousand region-wide 699-00 licenses, in addition to the unlimited single-region B tags,” said Hemmer.

Antelope, whose general season ended on Nov. 11, were 26% below 2017 and 78% below the long-term average. 63 antelope were brought by the check station this year.

“There were some minor reductions in antelope quotas this year that may have contributed to the lower antelope numbers, but hunter numbers were also down in districts where no quota changes occurred,” said Hemmer.

For the year, 48 elk were brought by the check station, which is one elk above last year’s number and 20% above the long-term average.

Upland bird harvest this year was down. For the eight weeks that the check station was open, the pheasant harvest of 424 birds is below last year (-17%) and the long-term average (-49%). Sharp-tailed grouse (47 birds) harvest was about half of last year’s total, and well below the long-term average. Hungarian partridge harvest (19 birds) is well below last year’s numbers and the long-term average.

“The lower upland bird numbers is likely due to the impact of drought conditions in the summer of 2017 along with the hard winter of 2017-18,” said Hemmer. “Bird hunters focusing on good habitats were still getting into some birds, but most bird hunters reported that this was a tough year for upland bird hunting.”

“Overall, it appeared to be a good season for hunters this year,” said Hemmer. “We sure appreciate and enjoy visiting with the hunters that come by the check station, and it’s great to see the smile on their face after a successful hunt.”

Friday, November 30th 2018
Winter Storm Warning Issued
The National Weather Service in Glasgow has issued an advisory for a freezing rain mixing with snow generally east of Fort Peck Lake, and a Winter Storm Warning for 6-10 inches of snow generally west and northwest of Fort Peck Lake.

The wintry mix is expected to begin near the Yellowstone River Valley this evening, then change over to all snow near midnight, then spreading toward the northeast through the remainder of the area through most of Saturday.

Snow Amounts: 6-10 inches are possible west and northwest of Fort Peck Lake, 2-5 inches elsewhere.

There could be some light ice accumulations from freezing rain mainly through Richland, Dawson, Prairie, and eastern McCone counties before midnight tonight.

Travelers may encounter slick and widespread snow-covered roads and significantly reduced visibility as this system moves through.

Visit the National Weather Service office website in Glasgow or dial 5-1-1 for more information.

Friday, November 30th 2018
2018 Christmas Stroll
Trolling for Christmas is the theme for Holiday Saturday – Dec. 1st. A free matinee at Valley Cinemas with Trolls (sponsored by FMDH & Albertsons). Santa arrives in town at 12noon with stops at Shopko, Valley View Home, Nemont Manor, & Prairie Ridge Village, then off to Pehlke’s Furniture from 2:30 – 4:30p.m. There will be Hay Rides by Cornwell Ranch from 2:30 – 5p.m., the Tree Lighting Ceremony is at 5p.m. & the 15th Annual Parade of Lights begins at 6p.m.
Friday, November 30th 2018
2018 Christmas Stroll Schedule
The Christmas Stroll is this weekend, and it's full of family-fun events! Download the schedule here
Thursday, November 29th 2018
Missouri River Country Cooperative Marketing Funds Available
Missouri River Country has Cooperative Marketing funds available for communities in Northeast Montana, designed to promote an area or event on a cooperative basis with a nonprofit tourism-related organization. The intent of this program is to encourage the development of new or expanded marketing projects that attract visitors outside the local community, thereby increasing the tourism travel to the region and extending the traveler’s stay in Missouri River Country.

The cooperative marketing funds are a 50/50 split between Missouri River Country and nonprofit tourism organizations. The funds are made possible by bed tax dollars generated in the Missouri River Country tourism region and are offered annually by Missouri River Country through an application process.

Projects that we have helped fund in the past are brochures for different communities and museums, billboards, signage and advertising events.

For an application and guidelines, please visit our website at www.missouririver.visitmt.com or contact the Missouri River Country tourism office, 1-800-653-1319 or write to P.O. Box 118, Fort Peck, MT 59223.

Thursday, November 29th 2018
Judge Allows Preliminary Work On Keystone XL Oil Pipeline
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge says a Canadian company may continue preliminary work on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline while his order blocking construction is in effect.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said Wednesday he will clarify his Nov. 8 injunction to allow TransCanada to conduct engineering and planning activities, confirm shipper contracts, meet with different groups and acquire equipment, permits and land rights.

On Nov. 8, Morris blocked TransCanada's permit to build the pipeline from Alberta's oil sands through a half-dozen U.S. states to the Gulf of Mexico.

The judge ordered a new environmental review after saying the Trump administration had not fully considered the effects of the pipeline.

TransCanada had argued it wants to keep that preliminary work on schedule that that it can be prepared to start pipeline construction as early as mid-February.

Tuesday, November 27th 2018
Pipeline builder asks judge to allow pre-construction work
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline is asking a Montana judge to change his order blocking the project so that pre-construction work can continue.

Attorneys for TransCanada will argue on Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Brian Morris should clarify or amend his ruling to say the injunction does not apply to activities such as finalizing contracts, purchasing materials, conducting land surveys and discussing federal permits.

On Nov. 8, Morris blocked TransCanada's permit to build the pipeline from Alberta's oil sands through a half-dozen U.S. states to the Gulf of Mexico.

The judge had ruled the Trump administration had not fully considered the environmental effects of the pipeline.

TransCanada's attorneys say the company wants to continue preparing for construction while it considers an appeal.

Monday, November 26th 2018
Block of Bucks Grateful to Serve Valley County
This worthwhile project would not be possible without the generosity of the Valley County residents and businesses. A prime example is D.R. Durell Construction. Dan and Kevin Durell are pictured here in the process of restoring the collection boxes for Block of Bucks.

Volunteers are needed to help on collection day Friday, December 7th. Please contact Denise Forbes Kegel at 406-230-2489 to sign up for a shift. Each shift is one hour. The collection boxes will be at the corners of D& G and the U.S. Post Office.

All money collected is used to purchase warm clothing for children, infant to 17 years.

Soroptimists, with the assistance of volunteers are in charge of the shopping spree on Saturday, December 8th. Volunteers are needed to help on this day as well. Any amount of volunteered time given would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers are asked to please report to the Elks on December 8 at 8:45 a.m.

Friday, November 23rd 2018
Two Vehicle Accident East of Glasgow
GLASGOW, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed and two were injured in a collision in northeast Montana.

The Montana Highway Patrol says a sedan was making a U-turn on U.S. Highway 2 when it pulled in front of a pickup Friday morning just east of Glasgow.

The Great Falls Tribune reports a 72-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman in the sedan were killed. A 46-year-old man and 28-year-old woman in the pickup suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening.

The 72-year old male has been identified as Anthony Curley from Nashua and the 71-year old woman has been identified as Joan Swails of North Glasgow.

The patrol says the sedan was southbound on Montana 24 where it intersects with U.S. 2 when it attempted to turn around.

Wednesday, November 21st 2018
Two Mule Deer Bucks Shot South of Wolf Point, Wardens Seeking Information
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 game wardens are seeking any information regarding two mule deer bucks that were shot and left south of Wolf Point sometime over opening weekend of the general deer season, and likely on the evening of Sun., Oct. 21. The incident occurred on private property along Hwy 528 about six miles west of Hwy 13.

Warden John Huberty responded to a call on Mon., Oct. 22, and the two deer were found roughly 100 yards south of Hwy 528, lying about 50 yards apart in a stubble field. The deer were shot in the head and neck area, and all the meat was left to waste. Sometime later, the likely suspects attempted to come back to the kill site to remove the antlers.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Warden John Huberty directly at 406-263-0068 or call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

Sunday, November 18th 2018
Gearing Up For Block of Bucks
Watch for the Glasgow Soroptimist members, Glasgow high school students, and other volunteers on December 7th as they will be collecting donations for the annual Block of Bucks. Valley County children, infants to 17 years of age, will be able to shop for much needed winter clothing because of this annual fundraiser.

The final day to get your child signed up to participate is Monday, November 26, at the Office of Public Assistance located at 630 2nd Avenue South, Suite C. Please let Denise Forbes Kegel (406-230-2489) know if you have signed up, but for some reason you cannot attend the shopping spree on the 8th of December.

The children’s shopping will take place Saturday, December 8, and volunteers are needed to assist families as they shop on this special day. If you can help shop or have any questions, call Denise at 406-230-2489.
Donations are needed, encouraged and appreciated. Donations may be mailed prior to the collection day to Soroptimists of Glasgow, Box 961, Glasgow, MT 59230.

Friday, November 16th 2018
28th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner
The 28th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be held Thursday, November 22nd, at Glasgow Senior Citizens Center, located at 328 4th Street South.

Last year 206 folks enjoyed the dinner with hopes of exceeding that number, this coming year. Over the past 27 years approximately 4,600 people have enjoyed the event. There is always plenty of food and no one goes home hungry.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring their families and friends to enjoy a delicious feast including turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, yams, cranberry sauce and of course pumpkin pie.

Provided by community volunteers, every year several volunteers gather to prepare and serve the meal, which will be served from noon to 2:00 p.m. The list of volunteers included members of Glasgow High School Student Council, Irle School Third Graders, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and many enthusiastic individuals.

Even though the meal is served at the Senior Citizens Center, it is not limited to senior citizens. The meal is free of charge and is open to everyone, young and old alike. There will be no carry-out or deliveries available. If a ride is needed call Valley County Transit, 228-8747. Their normal charges will apply.

If you have never attended in the past, make plans to enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and food. This is a great way for small families and individuals to partake in the social atmosphere of a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner without cooking and cleaning up!

If additional information is needed, please call Ruth Ann Hutcheson at 228-8392.

Friday, November 16th 2018
Unemployment Rates
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate is at 3.7%, ticking up slightly for the month of November, despite the state gaining roughly 800 jobs over the month, and placing the rate at the same level it was at in July and August. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7%.

“As unemployment remains low, Montanans continue to experience the benefits of our strong economy,” Governor Bullock said. “I will continue to support our state’s economy and invest in our workforce by providing worker training and a world-class education so that every Montanan has the opportunity to contribute to our ongoing success.”

Total employment, which includes payroll, agricultural, and self-employed workers, indicated an increase of 830 jobs in October. Payroll employment posted a gain of 500 jobs, with job gains of 900 in the private sector and job losses of 400 in the public sector. The job losses in government came from state and local government. Private industry job gains were posted across most industries, but with small job losses in construction for the month. The construction industry has been among the fastest growing industries for jobs for most of the year; however, construction often posts seasonal job declines in the 4th quarter.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 0.3% in October due to price increases across most goods. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.2% in October, with a change of 2.1% over-the- year.

The unemployment rate in Valley County was 2.7%.

Wednesday, November 14th 2018
Block of Bucks set for December 7th
Watch for the Glasgow Soroptimist members, Glasgow high school students, and other volunteers on December 7th as they will be collecting donations for the annual Block of Bucks. Valley County children, infants to 17 years of age, will be able to shop for much needed winter clothing because of this annual fundraiser.
The final day to get your child signed up to participate is Monday, November 26, at the Office of Public Assistance located at 630 2nd Avenue South, Suite C. Please let Denise Forbes Kegel (406-230-2489) know if you have signed up, but for some reason you cannot attend the shopping spree on the 8th of December.
The children’s shopping will take place Saturday, December 8, and volunteers are needed to assist families as they shop on this special day. If you can help shop or have any questions, call Denise at 406-230-2489.
Donations are needed, encouraged and appreciated. Donations may be mailed prior to the collection day to Soroptimists of Glasgow, Box 961, Glasgow, MT 59230.
Tuesday, November 13th 2018
Beck Grant Applications Now Being Accepted
Grant applications are now being accepted for nonprofit 501©3 organizations and governmental entities such as schools and municipalities for projects that promote better living in Valley County, from the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust.

Applications may be picked up from Ruth Ann Hutcheson at 12 1st Avenue North, or Edward Jones at 317 Klein Avenue in Glasgow. Applications must be mailed and postmarked no later than December 7, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust was established with the mission of bettering life in Valley County. It creates income for higher education and to help fund projects that promote better living in Valley County through non-profit organizations.

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.

Shortly before Alyce passed away, she generously decided to set up the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust. This will be the tenth year the trust will award grants.

Friday, November 9th 2018
Judge halts construction of Keystone XL oil Pipeline
A federal judge halted construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, in a blow to the Trump administration and a win for environmental groups. US District Judge Brian Morris found that the US government’s use of a 2014 environmental review to justify issuing a presidential permit for construction of the cross-border pipeline violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Administrative Procedure Act, according to the court order issued Thursday. “The Court enjoins Federal Defendants and TransCanada from engaging in any activity in furtherance of the construction or operation of Keystone and associated facilities,” the court document reads, “until the Department has completed a supplement to the 2014 SEIS (Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement) that complies with the requirements of NEPA and the APA.”

In March 2017, President Donald Trump’s administration issued a permit approving construction of the pipeline, reversing the Obama administration’s decision to block the controversial project. The permit approval followed years of intense debate over the pipeline amid steadfast opposition from environmental groups. They argued that the pipeline would support the extraction of crude oil from oil sands, a process that pumps more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than standard crude oil extraction. They also opposed the pipeline because it would run across one of the world’s largest underground deposits of fresh water. American groups argued the pipeline would cut across their sovereign lands

Thursday, November 8th 2018
Glasgow residents reminded to remove campers, Rv's and watercraft off of city streets
The Glasgow Police Department would like to remind residents that per City Ordinance 18-62 (C), No person who owns or has possession, custody or control of any camper, RV, or watercraft shall park such camper, RV, or watercraft on any street or alley of this city from December 1st through March 31st.

Since we have had our first measurable snowfall of the season, we will need the streets clear for snow removal and sanding. We would appreciate the residents cooperation during this time.

Tuesday, November 6th 2018
Polls open now for Election Day
The polls are open until 8pm this evening for Valley County voters to cast their ballot. The only polling place in Valley County is at the Glasgow Civic Center.

Results will be available after 8pm and Kltz and Mix-93 will have complete election coverage.

Tuesday, November 6th 2018
Boyer and Armstrong win Valley County contested races
Tom Boyer has been elected Valley County Sheriff in a contentious race against Joe Horn. Boyer received 2,243 votes compared to Horn's 1459.

Mary Armstrong was elected Valley County Commissioner 1,927 votes compared to Gilbert Mogan's 1,821 votes.

Taryn Stebleton defeated Ruth Dowell in the race for Valley County Clerk and Recorder.

Christine Hillman was re-elected Valley County Justice of the Peace with a victory over Christine Gamas.

Full results are available at https://sosmt.gov/

Monday, November 5th 2018
CWD check stations in operation across the Hi-line
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has check stations in place across the Hi-Line to sample for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer, elk and moose during the general hunting season. This is part of a planned surveillance effort, and FWP encourages hunters to help by submitting their harvested animals for testing.

Last year, FWP discovered CWD in deer south of Billings and north of Chester. This contagious neurological disease can infect deer, elk and moose. It is always fatal and there is no known cure.

Last week, a white-tailed buck harvested in southern Liberty County was found to be suspect for chronic wasting disease. In addition, a mule deer doe harvested within the CWD-positive area in Carbon County was found to be suspect for CWD. The lab at Colorado State University is running a confirmation test, with results expected this week. It is very rare that a suspect sample isn’t ultimately found positive.

The suspect deer in Liberty County was harvested in hunting district 400, but outside both the current CWD-positive area and the 2018 priority surveillance area, which includes the northern half of Liberty County. As a result, the CWD-positive area has been expanded to include all of Liberty County and FWP is now including all of HD 400 in the 2018 CWD surveillance effort.

The suspect deer in HD 575 was harvested northeast of Joliet in a current CWD-positive area, which encompasses Carbon County, east of U.S. Highway 212 and the Roberts-Cooney Road.

Transportation restriction zones are in place in all CWD-positive areas. Please see current regulations for more information.

As of press time, no CWD-positive animals have been detected in Region 6.
Currently, FWP is conducting surveillance during the general fall hunting season in high-priority areas in parts of northern Montana, including Hunting Districts (HD) 400, 401, and 403 in Region 4, and 640, 670, 630, 620, 611, and 600 in Region 6.

At the check stations, FWP personnel will remove retropharyngeal lymph nodes, a tooth, and a genetic sample from voluntarily submitted animals, and ask for hunter information and harvest location. If a hunter is willing to contribute samples but first wants to take the head to a taxidermist, FWP personnel will take some information at the check station and follow up with the taxidermist later for the lymph nodes. Hunters will be given a unique identification number for the sample and will be able to view the test results within three weeks at fwp.mt.gov/cwd.

Weekend check stations for collecting CWD samples are located in:
Havre- East of town at the old rest area, at the usual check station location.
Malta-Lot behind Ezzie’s West Side Conoco gas station.
Glasgow- Zerbe's Bros. Implement on the east end of Glasgow.
Chester- Lions park rest area off Hwy 2 east of Chester.
Shelby- Two miles south of Bronken Rd. exit at truck weigh school on I-15 south
Samples may also be submitted at the FWP offices in Havre (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Glasgow and Great Falls (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) Monday-Friday.

All hunters must stop at all check stations, but submission of CWD samples is voluntary. In addition, deer harvested in HD 640 may also be sampled for bovine tuberculosis as part of a separate study. Check station locations are subject to change depending upon sampling priority, and locations will be updated weekly on the Region 6 Facebook page.

If hunters would like to submit a sample for CWD testing that was harvested outside of the priority surveillance area, they may do so on their own. Instructions are available on the website at fwp.mt.gov/cwd , and there is a fee of $18 to Colorado State University for the test in addition to shipping costs.
Please help FWP with CWD surveillance this fall by providing samples of your harvest(s) in the surveillance area. Thanks in advance to participating hunters, landowners, communities, wildlife watchers and other agencies for their partnership in this effort. If there are any questions, please contact the Region 6 FWP headquarters at 406-228-3700.

Monday, November 5th 2018
Continued Reservoir Releases In Preparation For 2019 Runoff Season; Public Meetings Set For This Week
OMAHA, NE - Higher-than-average releases from all Missouri River Mainstem System projects, including Gavins Point, will continue through November. “Gavins Point releases will remain near 58,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) for the remainder of the navigation season. To ensure all stored 2018 runoff is evacuated prior to the 2019 runoff season, most of the releases must occur before the river ices over in reaches predominantly upstream from Lake Oahe,” said John Remus, Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

The 2018 runoff forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa is 41.4 million acre feet (MAF), 163 percent of average. If this forecast is realized, the 41.4 MAF of runoff will be third highest runoff in 120 years of record-keeping (1898-2017), exceeded only in 1997 and 2011.

The October runoff summation above Sioux City was 1.9 MAF, 160 percent of average. Due to heavy September and October rainfall, the total two-month runoff in the unregulated reach from Gavins Point Dam to Sioux City was 1.7 MAF, which is the highest September-October runoff in 120 years of record-keeping.

The Missouri River Mainstem reservoir system storage was 59.6 MAF as of November 1, occupying 3.5 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone. “System storage declined 2.6 MAF in October and will continue to gradually decline in November,” said Remus. System storage peaked on July 8 at 68.4 MAF, occupying 12.3 MAF of the designated 16.3 MAF of flood control storage. “Reservoir releases will be adjusted as necessary to provide downstream flood risk reduction and continue evacuation of stored flood water,” said Remus. It is important to note that the ability to significantly reduce flood risk along the lower Missouri River diminishes at locations further downstream due to the large uncontrolled drainage area and the travel time from Gavins Point Dam.

Based on the September 1 System storage, winter releases from Gavins Point will be at least 17,000 cfs. Based on the latest reservoir studies, there will be a 10-day extension to navigation flow support and a Gavins Point winter release of 20,000 cfs. Releases from Gavins Point will be reduced to near 50,000 cfs in late November before being reduced 3,000 cfs per day until reaching the winter release rate around December 11. Navigation flow support at the mouth of the Missouri River will end on December 11.

The Corps will continue to monitor basin and river conditions and will adjust System regulation based on the most up-to-date information.

The 2018-2019 draft Annual Operating Plan for the Missouri River Mainstem System was posted in September at: http://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/MRWM/Public-Meetings/ . Fall public meetings will be held in six cities throughout the basin in early November. These meetings will include a presentation regarding 2018 operations and plans for regulating the reservoir system in 2019, followed by a question and answer session. The local public meeting will be conducted in Fort Peck at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6th at the Fort Peck Interpretative Center on Lower Yellowstone Road.

Monday, November 5th 2018
Sign Up for Block of Bucks
The Glasgow Soroptomists announce the annual Block of Bucks collection day on Friday, December 7, 2018.

The annual program provides clothing for Valley County children from infant to 17 years of age. Parents may sign up at the Office of Public Assistance, located at 630 2nd Avenue South, Suite C. It is in the same building as the Social Security office. Sign up begins Monday, November 12, and continues through Monday, November 26 at 5:00 p.m. Parents must sign up in person. Calls will not be accepted. No applications will be accepted after Monday, November 26 by 5:00 p.m. Applications MUST be picked up at the Office of Public Assistance and returned to that office. There will be no other location where forms may be picked up or turned in.

Donations are needed to fund the clothes shopping event and are deeply appreciated. They may be mailed prior to collection day to: Soroptomists of Glasgow, Box 961, Glasgow, MT 59230.

Volunteers are also needed to help families shop on Saturday, December 8th. Please call Denise Forbes Kegel at 406-230-2489 if you are willing to help, or if you have any questions.

Sunday, November 4th 2018
Poplar man charged with animal cruelty for 15 dead horses
WOLF POINT, Mont. (AP) — A man hired to care for horses on a ranch near Wolf Point in northeast Montana faces six charges after 15 horses were found dead.

The Billings Gazette reports that Richard D. Holen of Poplar was charged with one felony count of aggravated animal cruelty and five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals by the Roosevelt County Attorney's office.

It wasn't immediately known if Holen had an attorney.

According to charging documents, Holen had been hired by Scobey resident Kari Delagrave to care for 49 horses on land he leased on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

The dead horses, including five foals and five mares, were discovered in late August.

An investigation found the horses were dehydrated.

Investigators said 23 of the 49 horses were still unaccounted for.

Friday, November 2nd 2018
Valley County Sheriff's Deputy resigns
Valley County Sheriff's Deputy Luke Strommen has resigned from the department effective November 1st according to Valley County Sheriff Vern Buerkle.

Strommen has been on paid administrative leave since June 15th when the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation started an investigation into an incident that occurred in 2014.

As a result of that investigation, Strommen was charged with Felony Sexual Abuse of a Child on October 11th.

Strommen was a also a candidate for Valley County Sheriff until he withdrew from the race on August 13th.

Friday, November 2nd 2018
2574 Absentee Ballots returned in Valley County
75% of the Absentee Ballots turned out to registered voters in Valley County have been returned to the Valley County Election Office.

A total of 2574 ballots have been returned out of the 3412 ballots given to the registered voters of Valley County. 70% of the registered voters in Valley County choose to vote absentee.

With just the absentee ballots counted, voter turnout in Valley County is at 52% as of November 1st.

Thursday, November 1st 2018
2018 Community Cash Program Underway
The 2018 Community Cash program is now underway.

Borrow up to $1,000.00 at these participating financial institutions:
First Community Bank, Glasgow
First Community Bank, Hinsdale
Valley Bank, Glasgow
Independence Bank, Glasgow
Equal Opportunity Lenders, Members’ FDIC

Here’s How:
1. Fill out a loan application at one of the four participating financial institutions.
2. The loan is payable in 10 monthly installments. You pay NO INTEREST, only a $10 fee to cover a portion of the paperwork.
3. The script can be used until December 31st, 2018. Thereafter, you have until January 5, 2019 to turn in your unused script to the bank for full credit.
4. When your loan is approved, you will receive special Community Cash script which you can spend in any of the participating Community Cash businesses.
5. The last day to apply for Christmas cash is December 30, 2018.
6. Wells Fargo will accept Christmas Cash deposits from the MEMBER merchants.
7. Merchant MUST be a paid Chamber member to accept Community Cash Script.

Community Cash Participants

Wednesday, October 31st 2018
GHS student Alexandra Pehlke recognized by Montana Governor Steve Bullock
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today recognized high school students for their commitment to academic excellence and leadership development at the Jobs for Montana’s Graduates 25th annual LEAD Conference.

“Jobs for Montana’s Graduates helps ensure every Montana student, no matter their background, strengths, or learning styles, know that their success matters and that high school graduation is within their reach,” Governor Bullock said. “I am humbled to spend time with the students who have made this commitment in their education and in their futures.”

Jobs for Montana’s Graduates, a Department of Labor & Industry program dedicated to teaching students the skills they need for college or career readiness, hosts the conference each year to meet with public and private business leaders and expand their leadership skills. The 2018 LEAD Conference brought 250 students together from 34 schools across Montana to participate in leadership sessions and engage with fellow students. Students are expected to return home and share what they learned with their local JMG chapter and school.

“The LEAD conference continues to teach our future high school graduates the leadership and career readiness skills they need to be successful in their next step—whether it’s continuing their education or entering the workforce,” Erica Swanson, State Director of Jobs for Montana’s Graduates, said.

Governor Bullock announced four students were selected to represent Montana at the National Student Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C. in November. In addition to seeing the nation’s capital, the Montana delegates will attend leadership workshops and participate in national competitions in math, public speaking, project-based learning and employability skills.

National Student Leadership Delegates:
Jimmy McAlister – Paris Gibson Education Center
Alexandra Pehlke – Glasgow High School
Raferdy Samson – Hot Springs High School
Madison Huckfeldt – Granite High School

About Jobs for Montana’s Graduates

Jobs for Montana’s Graduates provides students an opportunity to practice decision making, critical thinking, leadership skills, while learning the important soft skills needed for career readiness to gain employment. JMG encourages students to stay in school, graduate and successfully transition from school to employment, post-secondary education, apprenticeship, or military service. The program is funded by the Montana Department of Labor & Industry to support students in connecting with their communities by providing them with leadership development, social and civic responsibility, and career awareness to over 18,000 students.

Monday, October 29th 2018
Valley County Combined Campaign Looking For Member At Large Candidate
Valley County Combined Campaign is seeking an interested person to serve on the board of directors as a member-at-large.

The member-at-large, if selected, would be responsible for attending regular meetings during the campaign season September-June.

There is no special training or knowledge required, just a community-minded spirt! VCCC was formed as a way to solicit donations from the community annually, instead of continuous requests throughout the year.

For more information or to have your name considered, please contact Leila Seyfert at 406-263-0321 or Candy Lagerquist at 406-263-4512.

Monday, October 29th 2018
Treat Street Is Wednesday
The Glasgow Downtown Association and area businesses invite everyone to stop in during Treat Street with sales and activities on Halloween Wednesday, from noon to close.

There will be treats, flash sales, contests, costumes, special offers and more!

Download the map here

Friday, October 26th 2018
Deliberate Homicide charges dismissed against John Ersness
The Valley County Sheriff's Office has released John Ersness from the Valley County Detention Center after Valley County Attorney Dylan Jensen dismissed a Deliberate Homicide charge that Ersness was facing.

Ersness was arrested September 27th and charged in the death of his brother Corwin Ersness.

On September 27th, the Valley County Sheriff's Office responded to the call of an altercation in the Fort Peck Cabin area between two family members. As the deputy arrived at the home in the cabin area of Fort Peck, he spoke to John Ersness, who was just leaving the residence. Upon trying to contact Corwin Ersness at the residence, the deputy discovered Corwin Ersness was deceased.

The Montana Highway Patrol soon arrested John Ersness and he was transported back to Glasgow where he was charged with Deliberate Homicide.

He has been incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center since September 27th. A statement from the Valley County Sheriff's Office states that an Order to Dismiss without Prejudice and Vacate Hearings was issued by the Valley County Attorney's Office. The charge of Deliberate Homicide was dismissed and the final determination as to what charges will be filed has not been made because the investigation is ongoing.

An autopsy was conducted on Corwin Ersness but no results of that autopsy have been released from the Valley County Sheriff's Office.

Friday, October 26th 2018
34% of Valley County registered voters have cast their ballots
Information from the Montana Secretary of State shows that 34% of registered voters in Valley County have already cast their ballot in advance of the November 6th General Election.

1655 absentee ballots have been turned in to the Valley County Election Administrator in the Valley County Courthouse. This means that 50% of the 3309 absentee ballots have been returned.

Statewide, 176,024 ballots have been returned for a percentage of 48%. There are 703,327 registered voters in Montana and 25% of the registered voters in Montana have cast their ballot.

The General Election is set for November 6th.

Tuesday, October 23rd 2018
Montana Minimum Wage to increase on January 1st
Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate increase to $8.50 per hour beginning January 1, 2019.

“Every Montanan who works hard should have the opportunity to get ahead. We’re among a handful of states where each year minimum wage workers take home a little extra in their paychecks, but there’s more to be done,” said Governor Bullock. “We must continue to help working families succeed by bringing in better jobs, helping businesses expand and investing in areas like apprenticeships and education.”

In 2006 as a private citizen, Bullock led ballot initiative I-151, approved by Montana voters, to raise the minimum wage and require that the minimum wage be adjusted annually for inflation. As a result, 39-3-409 MCA requires the Department of Labor & Industry to adjust the Montana minimum wage for inflation using the CPI-U.

An estimated 8,200 Montana workers, or 1.8% of the workforce, received hourly wages less than $8.50 per hour in 2018 and are likely to receive higher wages due to the 2019 minimum wage increase. In 2017, the industry with the largest number of workers earning minimum wage was the accommodations and food services industry followed by the retail trade industry. Food Preparation Workers and Sales are occupational groups with large number of minimum wage workers.

The minimum wage is determined by taking the current minimum wage of $8.30 and increasing it by the CPI-U increase from August of 2017 to August 2018. The CPI-U increased by 2.68% over the year ending August 2018. To keep the minimum wage at the same purchasing power as the prior year, the wage should increase by $0.223 per hour. The resulting wage is $8.523 and statute specifies that the wage must be rounded to the nearest 5 cents.

Information relating to Montana’s minimum wage may be downloaded from the Montana Department of Labor & Industry website at erd.dli.mt.gov.

Monday, October 22nd 2018
Senator Jon Tester campaigns in Glasgow
Senator Jon Tester held a campaign rally in Glasgow on Friday. Over 100 people attended the rally at the Glasgow Elks Club as Tester encouraged Democrats to get out and vote.

He also stopped by the Kltz/Mix-93 Studios and visited with Stan Ozark. Here is the interview:

Jon Tester Interview.

Friday, October 19th 2018
Busted Knuckle Brewery to consider Williston site

1 Million Cups Williston recently featured a Glasgow business that is
considering a second location in Williston.

Ben and Connie Boreson own Busted Knuckle Brewery, a popular gathering
place located in Ben’s former radiator shop on Main Street in Downtown
Glasgow. Connie explained how they decided to give the longtime garage a
new purpose.

“It all started about 7 to 8 years ago with a Mr. Beer kit,” said Connie. “He
(Ben) had been a mechanic for 30 years, but he had some success with that
Mr. Beer kit.”

As requests for Ben’s craft beers grew, he scaled back his work as a
mechanic and eventually closed the radiator shop in 2013. It took eight
months of scrubbing and remodeling to convert the 80-year-old shop into a
brewery; but the hard work paid off!

The new brew pub pays homage to its past by maintaining a shop-like look
and feel; even the names of the ales reflect their history such as Busted Nut
Amber, Black Nail Stout, Full Throttle I.P.A. and No Octane Rootbeer Cream
Soda.

“It sets the tone for why breweries are so different from bars. We have a
brewer who has put his heart and soul into the beer. They are not to be
guzzled, they are to be savored and appreciated for all of the detail and
effort he has put into them,” Connie mused.

Connie explained how they initially promoted the startup with a Founders
Club promotion, pre-selling 50 $100 dollar memberships to supporters in
exchange for swag and perks. The Boreson’s other marketing tactics include
social media, supporting community causes and offering a Mug of the Month
Club in exchange for discounts.

The overall ambiance is a safe place (the lights are always on) which is open
until 10 p.m. (at the latest) four days a week. They don’t serve food but a
popular local pizza shop delivers exclusively to the pub.

“My feeling of a brewery is really where locals become friends and travelers
are no longer strangers,” said Connie.

Connie said they are looking to open a second location in Williston as both of
their grown children live in Williston with their families. Connie said they will
begin looking for potential properties after they wrap up a major expansion
at the original site.

Friday, October 19th 2018
Montana unemployment rate at 3.6%. The lowest rate in a decade.
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate is at 3.6% for the month of September, down by a half percentage point since the start of the year and at the lowest rate in over a decade. The U.S. unemployment rate declined to 3.7%.

“Over the last five years, Montana has added over 29,000 jobs, over 6,300 new businesses have been created, and average annual wages have increased by roughly $1,000 per year,” said Governor Bullock. “We must build on this strong economy and continue our efforts to ensure businesses have the skilled workforce they need to succeed, the next generation is able take on the jobs of the future, and upward mobility is attainable for all Montana families.”

Payroll employment posted a gain of 500 jobs in September, with 800 jobs gained in the private sector. Similar employment gains were indicated by the total employment data, which includes agricultural and self-employed workers in addition to payroll employment.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 0.1% in September due to price increases in housing and shelter. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.1% in September, with a change of 2.2% over-the- year.

The Valley County unemployment rate was at 2.5%.


Tuesday, October 16th 2018
Strommen pleads not-guilty to Felony Sexual Abuse of a Child
Luke Strommen appeared in District Court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to the charge of Felony Sexual Abuse of a Child.

Strommen was charged on October 11th after a months long investigation by the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations. Strommen is a Valley County Sheriff's Deputy who currently is on paid administrative leave.

Court documents state that Strommen and a 17-year old Valley County female had an intimate relationship that lasted for approximately one year;during which time the two would communicate via phone, text and email and meet for sexual encounters.

The victim in the case confirmed that much of their communication was sexually explicit and that a majority of the time that they would meet for sexual encounters, Strommen would be in uniform and on duty.

Judge John Larson of Missoula is presiding over the case in place of Judge Yvonne Laird who recused herself. Also recusing themselves from the case is Valley County Attorney Dylan Jensen. The case is being prosecuted by the Montana Attorney General's Office.

Judge Larson set conditions for Strommen that do allow him to pick his children up from school and also granted him internet access with supervision from law enforcement. He will also be allowed to attend sporting events as long as his wife is with him or another adult.

No bond was set for Strommen and he will not be incarcerated while the case moves through the court system. Judge Larson told the attorney's in the case that he will set an omnibus hearing near the end of November.

If convicted on the charge, Strommen could serve up to 10 years in prison.

Tuesday, October 16th 2018
CWD Check Stations Will Be In Place Across Region 6
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will have check stations in place across Region 6 to sample for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer, elk and moose during the upcoming general hunting season. This is part of a planned surveillance effort, and FWP encourages hunters to help by submitting their harvested animals for testing.

Last year, FWP discovered CWD in deer south of Billings and north of Chester. This contagious neurological disease can infect deer, elk and moose. It is always fatal and there is no known cure. Because of the new discovery, transport restrictions are in place for animals harvested in locations where CWD has been detected in Liberty and Carbon counties.

In 2018, FWP will conduct surveillance during the general fall hunting season in high-priority areas in parts of northern Montana, including Hunting Districts (HD) 403 and 401 in Region 4, and 640, 670, 630, 620, 611, and 600 in Region 6, as those areas are near known CWD detections in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan.

At the check stations, FWP personnel will remove retropharyngeal lymph nodes, a tooth, and a genetic sample from voluntarily submitted animals, and ask for hunter information and harvest location. If a hunter is willing to contribute samples but first wants to take the head to a taxidermist, FWP personnel will take some information at the check station and follow up with the taxidermist later for the lymph nodes.
Hunters will be given a unique identification number for the sample and will be able to view the test results within three weeks at fwp.mt.gov/cwd.

Check stations for collecting CWD samples will be located in Havre, the Malta area, and shifting between the Scobey and Glasgow areas. CWD check stations will be in operation Sat. and Sun. during daylight hours.

All hunters must stop at all check stations, but submission of CWD samples is voluntary. In addition, deer harvested in HD 640 may also be sampled for bovine tuberculosis as part of a separate study. Check station locations are subject to change depending upon sampling priority, and locations will be updated weekly on the Region 6 Facebook page.

Heads may also be submitted at the FWP Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and at the Havre Field Office from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. There will not be an unmanned “drop bucket” for heads at the offices…hunters will need to contact office personnel when dropping off heads so FWP can get the proper harvest information.

If hunters would like to submit a sample for CWD testing that was harvested outside of the priority surveillance area, they may do so on their own. Instructions are available on the website at fwp.mt.gov/cwd , and there is a fee of $18 to Colorado State University for the test in addition to shipping costs.

Please help FWP with CWD surveillance this fall by providing samples of your harvest(s) in the surveillance area. Thanks in advance to participating hunters, landowners, communities, wildlife watchers and other agencies for their partnership in this effort. If there are any questions, please contact the Region 6 FWP headquarters at 406-228-3700.

Tuesday, October 16th 2018
FWP Works Agreement With Blue Ridge Ranch To Allow Limited Public Elk Hunting
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, in a written agreement approved by the Fish and Wildlife Commission, worked with the Blue Ridge Ranch owner, Will Carlson, to allow limited public elk hunting on approximately 9,665 private land acres in hunting district (HD) 622 in southern Phillips Co. for the 2018 general elk season. This agreement was made possible under the 2016 House Bill 454 Hunting Access
Agreement.

Under the provisions of HB 454, FWP received the authority to issue either-sex or antlerless elk permits to approved landowners in exchange for public hunting opportunity that could help reach specific elk management objectives.

Further under the provisions, the landowner must offer an agreed upon level of free public elk hunting, meet the various conditions of the statute, and enter a contractual public elk hunting access agreement with FWP. The contract would define the areas open to public elk hunting, the number of elk hunting days and/or hunters that will be allowed on the property, and other factors that FWP and the landowner consider necessary for the proper management of elk on the landowner's property.

There are currently two HB 454 agreements in Region 5, but this is the first time this has been done in Region 6.

Per this 2018-only agreement, the landowner received an either-sex archery-only elk permit valid only on the Blue Ridge Ranch private land. In exchange, the landowner must allow the following with written permission:

Four either-sex elk permits were issued to hunters randomly selected from the list of unsuccessful applicants for 620-20 and 622-20 either-sex elk permits. These permits are only valid on enrolled land and only during through the general season (Oct. 20-Nov. 25, 2018).

Twenty-five general hunters already possessing a 620-20 or 622-20 either sex permit, a 698-00 or 622-00 antlerless, or 621-00 youth-antlerless may hunt for antlerless elk on all enrolled land and will be disbursed through the general season (Oct. 20-Nov. 25, 2018).

Ten youth/mentor or youth pairs (20 hunters) already possessing a 620-20 or 622-20 either sex permit, a 698-00 or 622-00 antlerless, or 621-00 youth-antlerless may hunt for antlerless elk on all enrolled land and will be disbursed through the general season (Oct. 20-Nov. 25, 2018).

Prospective hunters will need to first contact the landowner to be allowed access. Hunters will be required to walk in from designated roads and parking areas, and game retrieval may be allowed with landowner permission on designated roads.

For information on how to contact the landowner for this opportunity, please contact the Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow at 406-228-3700.

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