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Friday, June 24th 2016
Man Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Charges Of Raping And Kidnapping 4-Year Old On Fort Peck Indian Reservation
BILLINGS — A man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of kidnapping and raping a 4-year-old girl who was taken from a park on a Montana Indian reservation earlier this year.

John William Lieba II entered his plea Thursday during a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Johnston.

A grand jury Tuesday indicted the 21-year-old Lieba on charges of kidnapping someone under 18, aggravated sexual abuse and assault resulting in serious bodily injury on someone under 18. The charges carry a combined maximum penalty of life in prison and $750,000 in fines if he is convicted.

The indictment says Lieba abducted the girl in Wolf Point on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and held her for ransom in February. It says he engaged in a sexual act with the girl and assaulted her.

Lieba also faces charges of kidnapping, attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault of a minor in Fort Peck Tribal Court. The complaint filed in that court says Lieba raped and attempted to strangle the girl.

U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Melissa Hornbein said the federal court has assumed jurisdiction, and the tribal proceedings have been stayed pending the outcome of the federal case.

Friday, June 24th 2016
Boat Traffic and Activity to Increase on Lower Missouri during Pallid Sturgeon Larval Drift Study
Anglers, river recreationalists and landowners along the Missouri River downstream from Fort Peck Dam to the headwaters of Lake Sakakawea will see a significant increase in boating activity, due to an interagency study designed to learn more about the drifting behavior of larval pallid sturgeon. The study will take place starting Monday, June 27, through approximately July 7.

This collaborative study, being led by the United States Geological Survey, will use as many as 400,000 larval pallid sturgeon produced at Garrison National Fish Hatchery, and place them in the Missouri River about 10 miles below Fort Peck Dam. The project will begin after the eggs begin to hatch, which is likely in late June. Other organizations involved in the project include Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and the Western Area Power Administration.

Results of previous studies imply that larval pallid sturgeon need to drift long distances before they can safely settle out of the water column and begin feeding. Better understanding of the dynamics in which the larvae move downstream, and how long they need to safely settle out and begin to feed, may lead to important recovery options for this endangered fish.

Crews will follow the larvae downstream twenty-four hours a day, using larval fish nets to sample the drifting population. In addition, environmentally friendly tiny plastic beads, designed to mimic larval fish, will be used to evaluate how similarly the beads drift in comparison to the actual fish. If the beads adequately mimic drifting larvae, further studies could eliminate the need to use live sturgeon; saving time, money and resources.

Other boat crews will be measuring the hydraulic dynamics of the Missouri River to gain a better understanding of how these tiny fish move through the differing habitat conditions. Also, a special dye will be used as an additional tracer to help crews evaluate water flow variability.

This study should have no negative impacts to irrigators along the Missouri River. River flows coming out of Fort Peck Dam will be stabilized for several days to assist in the experiment; however, no significant difference in flow volume is expected to occur compared to normal river operations.

The main impacts to local residents will occur at boat ramps and on the river itself, where boaters and other recreationists are encouraged to be mindful of the potential danger in substantially increased boat traffic and activity.

Questions regarding the study or its impacts can be directed to Tyler Haddix at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Glasgow at 406-228-3707.

Thursday, June 23rd 2016
Crappie Die-Off at Bailey Reservoir, FWP Looking for Answers
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are trying to determine the cause of a fish kill that occurred at Bailey Reservoir south of Havre. The fish kill was first reported on June 6, and appears to be affecting only adult black crappie.

FWP fisheries crews responded immediately and observed 25 dead black crappie along the banks of the reservoir during a complete survey of the shoreline. At this time, it appears to be a species-specific fish kill that is targeting spawning-aged crappie. Recent shoreline surveys suggest that younger-aged crappies, yellow perch and northern pike may be unaffected. However, the total effects of this fish kill will not be known until a full sampling of the reservoir occurs later in June.

On June 7, a member of the FWP fish health crew from Great Falls reported to Bailey Reservoir and collected tissue samples from both black crappie and yellow perch. Several weeks are needed to obtain results from the lab.

“It is difficult to determine how many, or what percentage, of the black crappie population may have been affected,” said Cody Nagel, Havre-area fisheries biologist. “Black crappie are nearing the peak of their spawn, which is a high stress period for any fish species. Fish can have an increased vulnerability to parasites and other fish health-related issues during these high-stress activities.”

FWP will continue to monitor the fish population at the reservoir, and encourage the public to let the Department know of any additional problems. As a precaution, FWP recommends to always thoroughly cook any fish that are harvested. Questions or comments can be directed to biologist Cody Nagel, at 406-265-6177.

Thursday, June 23rd 2016
Reminder for Public Input on FWP Land Acquisition in Hill County
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public input on a proposal for the fee-title acquisition of a parcel of property in north Hill County. The parcel will be added to the Lost River Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Through this scoping phase, FWP is seeking input on reasonable alternatives, mitigation measures, issues, and potential impacts to be addressed in a subsequent environmental review.

The proposed property is located 30 miles north of Hingham. It includes portions of Sections 4, 5, and 9 in Township 37N, Range 10E and is approximately 640 acres in size. The proposed parcel would be included as part of the Lost River WMA.

The 30-day scoping period began on May 26, 2016. All comments need to be received by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

Comments may be submitted online at http://www.fwp.mt.gov under the :News" tab and "Public Scoping," or sent by mail or e-mail to:
Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks
Scott Hemmer
2165 US Hwy 2 East
Havre, MT 59501

Additional information regarding this project can be directed to Havre-area biologist Scott Hemmer, at 406-265-6177.

Tuesday, June 21st 2016
Street Closings
3rd Street South from 5th Ave South to 2nd Ave South will be temporarily closed on Wednesday, June 22nd from 6:00 AM until after 2:00 PM. Also, portions of 4th Street South will be temporarily closed from mid-day on Wednesday, June 22nd until late in the day of Thursday, June 23rd from 5th Ave South to 1st Ave South.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience, but during that time the mentioned streets will be chip-sealed for maintenance purposes to prolong the life of the pavement. Children being dropped off to the pool will have access through Hoyt Park and may be dropped off along 5th Ave South adjacent to the hospital.

Tuesday, June 21st 2016
Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Opening Ceremony Set For July 4th

The Garrison United States flag will join the Montana flag, the POW/MIA flag and six branch of service flags to fly majestically in the wind on July 4 as the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial officially opens. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the site in Fort Peck.

Ann Kulczyk of Glasgow chairs the Opening Ceremony committee and she invites everyone to attend this historic event.
Guests of honor will be World War 11, Korean War, and disabled veterans and seating will be provided for them. Others are asked to bring their own chairs.

Purple Heart recipient Chuck Hayter of Billings is the featured speaker. The Marine veteran completed three distinguished tours in Afghanistan and one tour in Iraq. It was after 9/11, as a senior football player at Carroll College that he accepted a commission and took his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2004.

While leading a patrol scouting enemy positions, he stepped on a land mine that tore apart his right foot. Later at a Naval Hospital, he received a below-the-knee amputation. By July of 2005, Chuck had passed all the physical requirements needed to remain on active duty.

He deployed to Iraq as an 81 mm Mortar Platoon Commander on the Syrian border. He returned to Afghanistan in 2009 with the Command Element for the II Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Helmond Provence and later to Marjah, Afghanistan. He completed his career in the Marines with deployments in California, Ohio and North Carolina. Currently, he is liaison to the associated director at the Billings VA Clinic.

The brief ceremony will allow time for guests to enjoy the park and visit with the Board of Directors, explained Kulczyk, who served in Desert Storm and Iraq.
Master of Ceremonies for the program will be Don Fast of Glasgow who served as an ordinance officer with the US Army and is a Vietnam veteran. The Glasgow High School Scottie Band and vocalist Hailey Stone of Glasgow will provide music. Buglers playing echoing Taps will bring the ceremony to a close.

Parking is available on the streets close to the Memorial site, and at the Fort Peck Theatre parking lot. For those with walking difficulties, rides from parking to the site will be provided as needed.
Bottled ice water will be available to everyone and attendees are asked not to bring coolers. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Fort Peck Town Hall.

Tuesday, June 21st 2016
Fort Peck Summer Theatre continues 47th season with Man of LaMancha, starring Phantom of the Opera alum, James Rio
This Tony Award and Oscar nominated musical, follows the epic and timeless adventures of unlikely hero Quixote, as he searches for glory, love and victory. The score features “The Impossible Dream”, which is arguably the most cherished song ever written.

Fort Peck Summer Theatre is honored to welcome James Rio, whose credits include international productions of The Phantom of the Opera, to star as Don Quixote. He was also soloist at the American Festival of Musical Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York, and in concerts in Lisbon, Madrid, Rome, Minsk, St. Petersburg and Moscow.

The production is also starring Hannah Bentley and Marc de la Concha, as Aldonza and Sancho. Both actors came to FPST via Arizona Broadway Theatre, where they have worked with FPST Artistic Director Andy Meyers. De la Concha has been featured in the national tours of Peter Pan and The Drowsy Chaperone.

The cast is rounded out by Jamie Parnell as The Governor, Jay Michael Roberts as The Padre, Taylor Caprara as Antonia and Dan Hance as The Duke, as well as local talent Lily Helland, Daniel Dunn, Jon Svingen, Trevor Toaves, Tayte Prewett, Cerenity Olsen, Dawn Jenkins, Sydney Hayward, Alex Bradford, Jacoby Collins and Becky Johnson, who stars as The Housekeeper.

Audience favorite Pam L. Veis switches to the opposite side of the footlights in her FPST directorial debut. Lizzie Hatfield serves as Musical Director with choreography by Meyers. As scenic designer, Mary Rooney, who as a founding member of Arizona Broadway Theatre, is making her FPST debut, working alongside costume designer Kurt Alger whose many credits include the international tours of Rent, Les Miserables and Shrek.
Performances are June 17 – July 3: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm. Please allow yourself extra time to get the show on time as there is road construction between Glasgow and Fort Peck as well as between Nashua and Fort Peck.

For tickets or reservations, the Fort Peck Summer Theatre Box Office at (406) 526-9943 will open at the top of the season. Tickets can also be purchased at the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce located at 313 Klein Ave. (in the Plains Plaza) in Glasgow.

Following The Last Five Years, the 2016 season continues with:
• My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra: July 8 – July 24
• Mary Poppins: July 29 – August 14
• The Woman in Black: August 19 – September 4

Tuesday, June 21st 2016
FSA County Committee Nomination Period Began June 15 in Counties across Montana
The nomination period for the FSA county committees across Montana began on June 15, 2016.

Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the FSA Offices by close of business on Aug. 1, 2016. Forms are available on-line at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections, or at your local FSA Office.

Tuesday, June 21st 2016
Former Fort Peck Fine Arts Council Executive Director Sentenced On Theft Money Laundering Charges
Mary Strand, former Executive Director of the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council, was sentenced on Monday on 4 counts of felony theft and 1 count of money laundering.

The Valley County Attorney had charged Strand earlier this year with embezzling more then $80,000 in funds from the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council over a period from November of 2010 to November of 2013.

The Fort Peck Fine Arts Council is the parent organization of the Fort Peck Summer Theater.

Strand had pleaded guilty to the charges in a plea agreement that was reached in March. The plea agreement stipulated that she would be sentenced to 5 years with the Montana Department of Corrections on each count with all the prison time suspended. She was also ordered to pay a $1000 fine on each count plus court surcharges and to serve 30 days in the Valley County Detention Center. She also was ordered to pay full restitution in the amount of $83,267.

District Court Judge John McKeon agreed with most of the plea agreement but did make some changes. He did change the amount of time to be spent in the Valley County Detention Center from 30 days to 90 days. Strand must report to the Detention Center on July 18th to serve her 90 days in jail. If she chooses to do community service the Judge would reduce one day in jail for every 8 hours of community service not to exceed 30 days.

He also ordered Strand to write a letter of apology the the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council and a letter of apology to the community with a letter to the Glasgow Courier. He also ordered her to broadcast an apology on Kltz/Mix-93 Radio.

Strand must also undergo a mental health assessment as ordered by Judge McKeon.

Strand's attorney did present a cashiers check to the Valley County Attorney in the amount of $17,820 which will completely pay off the $83,267 restitution ordered by the court. Her attorney also presented a check for $5800 to pay all fines and court surcharges.

Strand did address the court and apologized for her actions. She told the court she was sorry and ashamed for her actions and violated the trust of the community. She also asked for forgiveness from the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council and the community.

Monday, June 20th 2016
Wind Causes Train Derailment Near Bowdoin On Saturday
Story From Krtv-Great Falls

A train track is finally clear after high winds caused a train to derail between near Bowdoin between Malta and Saco on Saturday.

According to Burlington Northern Sante Fe spokesman Ross Lane, the derailment happened early yesterday evening when the train was heading east.

High winds caused the train to stop as a safety precaution, and it was during the stop that several cars blew over.

Most of the cars were empty.

Colten Pekovitch told MTN News, "The conductor said it all happened in a minute and a half. He said they will have a derailment crew from Havre come down to clear the tracks ... he said it would take roughly 12 hours to get the track cleared so they can start running trains again."

Lane says the track was reopened at around 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The train was not carrying anything hazardous and no one was injured.

Monday, June 20th 2016
Wolf Point Lawmaker Proposes To Rename Columbus Day
BOZEMAN (AP) — A Montana lawmaker is proposing that the Legislature rename Columbus day with a name that celebrates Native Americans.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that State Rep. Bridget Smith, D-Wolf Point, submitted a bill request last week that would change the holiday to celebrate indigenous people instead of the explorer.

Smith says Columbus has a legacy of cruelty and slavery and that he and his exploratory crew committed atrocities on Native Americans.

Montana would not be the first state to enact legislation changing the holiday. In 1989, South Dakota established the second Monday in October, federally recognized as Columbus Day, as Native American Day. Earlier this year, the Bozeman City Commission adopted a similar measure.

Monday, June 20th 2016
Mary Strand To Be Sentenced In District Court Today
Former Valley County resident Mary Strand will be sentenced in District Court today on 2 counts of felony theft of property, 1 count of money laundering and 2 counts of theft of property by embezzlement.

Strand reached a plea agreement with former Valley County Attorney Nick Murnion back in March and Judge John McKeon will have the final say on the sentencing.

The plea agreement calls for Strand to be sentenced to 5 years of prison on each count but with all the state prison time suspended. The agreement also calls for her to be fined a total of $5000 plus an additional $800 in court surcharges. Strand is also ordered to pay restitution to the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council in the amount of $16,245.34. She is also ordered to served 30 days in the Valley County Detention Center.

Strand was charged earlier this year after an investigation which lasted over a year by the Valley County Sheriff's Office.

The sentencing is set to begin at 2pm Monday in Glasgow.

Saturday, June 18th 2016
Severe Thunderstorms Hit Northern Montana
A line of severe thunderstorms rolled through northern Montana on Saturday night, bringing widespread hail, wind gusts estimated to 70 mph, and heavy rain.

The strong winds from the storms reportedly blew cars from a BNSF train off the tracks near Malta early on Saturday evening. There were few details available. A Montana Department of Transportation remote sensor measure wind gusts of 70 mph two miles southeast of Saco at 8 p.m. and a trained weather spotter 1 mile northwest of Saco estimated wind gusts to 80 mph at 7:40 p.m.

Hail was reported in a wide area, and ranged in size from pea and marble size to ping pong and golf ball size. Reports of hail came in from Hinsdale, Nashua, Glasgow, Frazer, Larslan, Tampico and many more locations in Valley and Phillips County.

A trained spotter near Dodson reported six tenths of an inch of rain falling in about 10 minutes.

As of 9:50 p.m. the Severe Thunderstorm Watch and the Flood Advisory were both canceled for Valley County.

Friday, June 17th 2016
Update From Frazer: Water Service Has Been Restored
Frazer, MT, June 16, 2016

Update: As of 5:30pm Thursday June 16th: Water service has been restored to the community of Frazer.

Frazer, MT, June 17, 2016: On June 16, 2016, the Frazer, MT water system switched the
disinfectant used from chlorine to chloramines. This change occurred because the community of Frazerbegan receiving water from the Assiniboine and Sioux Rural Water System which uses chloramines as adisinfectant.

If a community member uses a dialysis machine at home in Frazer, please be aware that all
disinfectant must be removed from the water before using it for the dialysate. If you perform dialysis at
home, please contact the Fort Peck Tribal Health office immediately for more information. If you receivedialysis in Poplar, you do not need to do anything further.

In addition, chloraminated water may be toxic to fish. If you have a fish tank, please make sure that
the chemicals or filters that you are using are designed for use in water that has been treated with
chloramines. You may also need to change the type of filter that you use for the fish tank.
For more information, please contact Tina Magnan at (406) 650-7943

Thursday, June 16th 2016
Valley County Salary Compensation Board Recommends 2% Increase In Pay For Elected Officials
The Valley County Salary Compensation Board is recommending a 2% increase in pay for elected officials in Valley County.

The recommendation came this week and must be ratified by the Valley County Commissioners. The board is comprised of 4 members of the public along with elected officials in Valley County.

The current base wage for most county elected officials is $42,958 per year. Currently the highest paid elected official in Valley County is the County Attorney who has a salary of $108,908.

The Valley County Commissioners must ratify the 2% increase and also must decide if their will be a salary increase for other employees of Valley County.

If elected officials and the remaining county employees received a 2% increase the cost to Valley County would be an additional $64,000 per year.

Last year, elected officials and county employees received a a pay increase of 1.6%.

Thursday, June 16th 2016
Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament A Big Success!
The rain stopped just in time for the 18th Annual Open Golf Tournament on June 12. The teams came out to support a great cause and great community, even with 1.5 inches of rain on the course.
Each of the 18 teams registered, had breakfast and were all ready to tee off by 9 a.m.

Every hole featured a different game for everyone, with the winner taking home wonderful prizes donated by local businesses. The games were designed so that both experienced and inexperienced golfers had chances to win. The marshmallow game, sponsored by the Foundation, was an enjoyed break between holes.

The FMDH Foundation is extremely fortunate that this fundraising tournament is well sponsored by local businesses, showing their support of the Foundation’s mission. Businesses participated as major event sponsors, hole sponsors, and by providing merchandise, gift certificates, or cash for prizes.
This year we had a two premier event sponsors, Hi-Line Ford and NorthWestern Energy.

Hi-Line Ford sponsored the hole-in-one prize with $500 going to a male and female who got closest on hole 4. With two guaranteed winners, the players were eager for their chance to win. Sue Peterson was the lucky lady on the Northwest Farm Credit team to take home $500 and Norm Sillerud won for the men and graciously donated the $500 to the FMDH Foundation.

This one-day event requires weeks of planning that is undertaken by Foundation board members Jon Bengochea, Pam Dance, Mikel Erickson, Shelly George, Somer Hoerster, Becky Johnson, Carrie Mesman, Stan Ozark and Tracey Waarvik. The FMDH Foundation would especially like to recognize Storm Jackson for his efforts and hard work to get golfers on the course after all the rain. The golf tournament is the Foundation’s major fundraiser, which requires staff and board members to contact businesses each year throughout our area. Once again the response received was amazing and we are very grateful.

The teams started to trickle in with an appetite, which made the barbecued pork dinner sponsored by Cornwell Ranch and prepared by Butch and Martha Tewell and Kevin Haddix that much more welcome. After dinner, the Awards Ceremony was conducted by Stan Ozark.

The FMDH Foundation appreciates everyone who participated and helped make this such a great event. See you next year!

1st Place – Erickson Farm/Thompson & Sons: Rocky Thompson, Mikel Erickson, Bart Erickson, and Mike Archambeault
2nd Place – Fast Farms: Tim Dees, Trent Holstein, Steve Bell, Steve Hansen
3rd Place – All Season Home Center/Prairie: Mike Slaats, Dan Belleau, Curt Shipman, Scott Sanders
4th Place – Cottonwood Inn: Zack Burner, Calvin Kemmis, Torey Rasmusan, Dustin Kelm
5th Place – Reynold’s Market: Keithe Thorson, Storm Jackson, Jenn Jackson, Kyle Stein

The mission of the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Foundation is to provide financial support to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and other medically needed projects in Valley County, ensuring that the medical services provided are of the highest quality. Coming up we will announce our local scholarship winners – which is possible with successful events like this.

Thursday, June 16th 2016
Frazer Water Outage
Frazer, MT, June 16, 2016
As of 11:45am a water outage has been identified in Frazer, MT.

There is a broken water main with a loss of 50,000 gallons. There has been no success in re-pressurizing the system.

Non-potable water distribution has been moved to the Frazer Community Hall. Drinking water is being brought from Poplar to Frazer by the Fort Peck Tribes and will be distributed door to door by Fort Peck Tribal Agencies.

There is currently no estimated time on the water outage.

For more information contact Rusty Boxer, Fort Peck Tribes Disaster and Emergency Services at 406-942-0196, Dennis Four Bear, Director of Tribal Health at 406-942-2413 or Leonard Youngman, Director of Tribal Enterprises at 406-650-7942.

Points of water distribution may change through the incident. Non-potable water distribution is
currently the Frazer Pow Wow Grounds and drinking water will be delivered door to door.

As more information becomes available or the situation changes it will be distributed through
local media.

Tuesday, June 14th 2016
VCSO Finds Submerged Vehicle In Missouri River Near Boy Scout Park In Fort Peck Area
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier has told Kltz/Mix-93 News that the VCSO has found the vehicle belonging to a missing man from the Park Grove area. The vehicle belonging to Robert Willengbord was found on Monday by a fisherman near Boy Scout Park on the Missouri River in Fort Peck.

The VCSO started a search for Willenbord on Sunday evening. The vehicle was found submerged on Monday but authorities found no body in the vehicle. Sheriff Meier said it is presumed that Willengbord is presumed drowned. He is a native of Colorado and had been living in the Park Grove area.

The investigation is continuing by the VCSO. Sheriff Meier thanked the Valley County Search and Rescue and the Army Corps of Engineers for their help in securing the submerged vehicle.

Tuesday, June 14th 2016
Law Enforcement Warns Against Cutting Ahead Of Pilot Cars On Road Construction Projects
Law Enforcement Authorities are getting complaints from construction companies in the area about people using side roads to bypass road construction projects and not using pilot cars.

The project that is receiving the most complaints is the road construction between Nashua and Fort Peck. Apparently, there are people using side roads and bypassing the pilot car system and traveling the road on their own. This has caused near mishaps with construction equipment and the Valley County Sheriff's Office is prepared to crack down on this practice. Sheriff Meier noted it is against the law to do bypass a pilot car and travel on road construction on your own.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 that construction workers will be taking down license plate numbers of those who bypass the pilot car process and will report to law enforcement. Sheriff Meier said if your license number is reported you can expect a visit from the Valley County Sheriff's Office and a ticket will be written.

If you have any questions you are urged to contact law enforcement authorities.

Monday, June 13th 2016
Governor Bullock Orders All Flags In Montana To Be Flown At Half Staff Out Of Respect For Victims Of Orlando Tragedy

Governor’s Proclamation

As requested by the President of the United States, I hereby order all flags flown in the State of Montana to be displayed at half-staff on Sunday, June 12th, 2016 until sunset on Thursday, June 16th, 2016, out of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated in Orlando, Florida on June 12th, 2016.

Dated this 12th day of June, 2016.


Sunday, June 12th 2016
Havre Woman Crowned Miss Montana; Abbi Helland 4th Runner Up
GLENDIVE Lauren Scofield, 22 of Havre was crowned Miss Montana 2016 Saturday, June 11 in Glendive by Danielle Wineman, the reigning Miss Montana. Daughter of Vince & Kim Scofield, Lauren is a biochemistry major at Carroll College planning to become a doctor working in Montana. She hopes to plant the seeds of STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering and math this coming year..
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 a $2500 scholarship Alysse Charlesworth of Glendive
Second Runner up with a $2000 scholarship Savanah Leidholt of Miles City
3rd Runner-up $1500 scholarship from Stockman Bank Julie Theis, Sidney
4th Runner Up $1250 scholarship from Sheridan Electric Cooperative Abigail Helland of Glasgow.

Chosen most photogenic by Bohle Images, the official photographer for the week was Julie Theis. Jessica Criss of Bozeman was chosen by her peers as Miss Congeniality, sponsored by Guns & Things. Receiving the Spirit and Leader Award voted by the production crew, a $250 scholarship sponsored by Holden Electric was Alara Vogel, 17, of Havre.
The outstanding talent award of $750 sponsored by Jack Lawson went to Alysse Charlesworth. Outstanding Interview $500 award sponsored by Jim & Carol Swanson went to Julie Theis. All contestants earn at least a $850 scholarship.

Preliminary winners in evening gown sponsored by U.S.Bank were Thursday Lauren Scofield of Havre and Friday – Savanah Leidholt of Miles City. Preliminary Fitness in Swimwear sponsored by Cross Petroleum were Thursday Sierra Crandell of Kalispell and Friday Alysse Charlesworth of Glendive.

Miss America’s State Award for Community Service, a $1000 scholarship went to Julie Theis of Sidney and the Miss America State Award for Academic Achievement went to Alysse Charlesworth of Glendive. Raising the most money for the Children’s Miracle Network, which in Montana goes to Shodair was Alysse Charlesworth. The Miss America Program is one of the largest supporters of scholarships for young women.

Friday night Faith Johnson, 16, of Helena was crowned Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen and will compete in August in Orlando at the national competition. She also won a $250 talent award sponsored by Jack Larson of Billings Abby Hill of Glendive, 17 was first runner up winning $750 from Cross Petroleum, Montana’s Choice, Miss Congeniality and she won the Spirit & Leader Award. Audrey Miller, 15, of Bozeman, was 2nd runner up receiving $500 scholarship from American Bank Center. Audrey played the harp for her talent. Outstanding Interview went to Quinn Motichka of Polson. Most photogenic teen was Vanessa Van Vleet of Wibaux.

To book Miss Montana or to check activities contact Jan Holden at holdenmissmt@gmail.com, http://www.missmontana.com or Facebook Miss Montana Scholarship Program.

Friday, June 10th 2016
Home Explosion On Glasgow's North Side
Credit To Krtv TV for story:

One person was injured after a house they were in exploded early Friday morning in Glasgow.

According to the Glasgow Fire Department, the call came in around 6:20 a.m. of a home explosion.

Crews from the Glasgow Fire Department and Valley County Fire Department responded to the scene.

There is outside damage to the houses on either side of the explosion and reports of debris all around the area.

One person was in the home at the time of the incident, and was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries

The fire marshal from Miles City has been called in the help investigate the incident.

The fire department has shut off the gas in the area just in case.

Neighbor Amber Kennedy said she thought a semi had hit her home because the house had shaken so much from the explosion.

She got up and looked outside to see debris falling everywhere and had heard a man screaming for help.

A family member of the victim contacted KRTV to thank the neighbors for pulling the victim out to safety.

He was flown to Salt Lake City to be treated for his injuries.

Friday, June 10th 2016
Hi-Line Med Spa Opens At Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital
The Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital recently opened the Hi-Line Med Spa in the Orthopedic Clinic at the hospital. Stan Ozark recently visited with Kae Sukut and Nick Dirkes to find out more about the Hi-Line Med Spa.


Thursday, June 9th 2016
Abigail Helland Contestant For Title Of Miss Montana
2014 GHS graduate, Abigail Helland, is competing this week in Glendive for the title of Miss Montana. Kltz/Mix-93 News Director Stan Ozark sat down and visited with Abbie last weekend and discussed her quest for the title of Miss Montana.


Thursday, June 9th 2016
Fort Peck Sailing Participates In Global Sailing Event On June 18th 2016
Fort Peck Marina, MT, 6/7/2016 – As part of the 16th annual worldwide Summer Sailstice the Fort Peck Sailing Club will join sailors around the world with a sailing event as part of this global celebration of sailing. For the 2nd year we’ll be joining ‘together’ with sailors everywhere who will be sailing on the weekend of June 18th, the weekend closest to the summer solstice. The Fort Peck Sailors will celebrate by hosting free sailboat rides, inviting current and prospective sailors down to the docks to get on the water under sail. Learn more at http://www.fortpecksailing.org.

The Summer Sailstice sailing holiday invites all sailors to join together by hoisting their sails wherever they are, aboard whatever they sail and showcasing to the world the “who, what, where, why and how” of sailing. While just one weekend in the life of sailing, Summer Sailstice is the only time all sailors and the vast variety of sailing styles can all sail and celebrate ‘together’. 2015 saw the largest Summer Sailstice celebration yet with sailors in all 50 US states and over 40 countries participating.

By signing up for free at http://www.summersailstice.com everyone participating in Summer Sailstice 2016 helps support sailing locally, while connecting with the largest ‘global’ sailing celebration. When signing up participants connect with all sailors everywhere and get a chance to win free prizes from sailing businesses, create Sailstice events, recruit crew, invite others, post stories and learn about other Sailstice events being organized in their area. Prizes include the grand prize one-week Sunsail Charter plus more from West Marine, Hobie, Offshore Sailing, North Sails, Jeanneau Team McLube, and many other marine businesses.


Who: Anybody interested in sailing, all ages welcome
When: June 18, 2016, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM.
Where: Fort Peck Marina
How: Free sailboat rides (approximately 1 hour-long) on a Catalina 30’, a Hobie Cat 14’, a Laser 14’ or an Optimist 8’.

Summer Sailstice is the global sailing holiday celebrated on the weekend closest to the summer solstice. This international event was founded in 2001 to connect the global sailing community in a fun, creative, multifaceted, multi-location sailing celebration. Every year, Summer Sailstice connects more than 19,000 sailors all over the world—cruisers, racers and recreational—to celebrate and showcase life under sail. The event has expanded to include participants from Asia, across the Americas and Europe. Visit http://www.summersailstice.com or contact john@summersailstice.com.

Tuesday, June 7th 2016
Election Results
The Montana Secretary of State has complete election results broken down by county:
Tuesday, June 7th 2016
May Runoff Above Average In May
OMAHA, Neb. - Runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, was 4.5 million acre feet (MAF) during May, 136 percent of average, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The 2016 calendar year runoff forecast is 25.3 MAF, which is the historic average.

"Conditions in much of the Missouri River Basin were wetter than average during May. In the upper basin, heavy rains accompanied by mountain snowmelt increased runoff into the reservoir system," said Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps' Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. Widespread rain in the lower basin also increased flows on many of the tributaries below the reservoir system, causing tributary and Missouri River levels to rise. "Rainfall events like these can lead to localized flooding downstream of the reservoir system," said Farhat. Gavins Point releases, which are currently set at 21,500 cfs, were lowered in May to reduce flood risk along the lower river and will be gradually increased as the downstream stages decline.

Tuesday, June 7th 2016
JSEC to Host In-Depth Wage and Hour Seminar
The Glasgow Job Service Employers’ Committee (JSEC) will host a half-day seminar addressing some of the wage and hour issues that small businesses tackle.

Employers, managers, payroll staff, supervisors, and sometimes employees, struggle with the rights and privileges allowed by Montana and Federal Wage and Hour Laws. Are work and lunch breaks required? How will the new Federal overtime law effect our employees? Which employees are considered “exempt,” or “non-exempt?” Who decides how servers and bartenders split tips? Is travel time paid when waiting for a delayed flight? What makes an independent contractor more like an employee? If these topics are confusing, the upcoming seminar will help.

Theresa Sroczyk, Compliance Specialist with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Labor Standards Unit, will come to Glasgow on Thursday, June 23, from 8:30 A.M to 12:30 P.M. She will help attendees understand how wage and hour laws apply to their business situations, such as: the new Federal overtime rule that becomes effective December 1, 2016, travel time policies, exempt vs. non-exempt employees, lunch and break-time allowances and more. Time is allotted at the end for brief individual meetings with Sroczyk to address specific issues that attendees may not want to voice in a group setting.

Sroczyk has worked for Montana Department of Labor for 6 years and has extensive experience in the Wage and Hour Unit presenting and interpreting Montana law for both employers and employees. This seminar complements the recent Assistance for Business Clinic (ABC) in Glasgow, as a half day allows a more in-depth look at wage and hour issues.

The seminar will be held at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Conference Room. Cost is $40 per person. To register for the event and for more information, please call Glasgow Job Service at (406) 228-3926 or e-mail Sue Dalbey at sdalbey2@mt.gov.

The JSEC is a group of employers who meet the second Tuesday of each month to share ways to address local employment challenges, organize training events for area employers and employees, recognize outstanding area employers, and provide student scholarships.

Monday, June 6th 2016
Primary Election Is Tuesday
Monday, June 6th, an early preparation of absentee ballots will take place in the Election Room of the Valley County Courthouse starting at 9:30 am. The authorized election judges will place the ballots in containers sealed with numbered security seals. On Election Day, June 7, 2016, the sequestered early counting board will start at noon in the County Commissioners' room to tally the absentee ballots.

Polling Places:
Precinct 1 - Fort Peck Recreation Hall 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Precinct 2 - Frazer New Community Hall Noon - 8 p.m.
Precinct 3 - Hinsdale Legion Hall Noon - 8 p.m.
Precinct 4 - Glasgow Civic Center 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Precinct 5 - Glasgow Civic Center 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Precinct 6 - Nashua Senior Center Noon - 8 p.m.
Precinct 7 - Lustre Grade School Noon 8 p.m.
Precinct 8 - Opheim Norval Electric Building Noon - 8 p.m.

Local Races:
East Glasgow and East Valley County
Democratic Party:
State Senator for District 17 - Doug Adolphson
State Representative for District 34 - Evelyn Carlisle

Republican Party:
State Senator for District 17 - Wayne Stahl, Mike Lang
State Representative for District 34 - Austin Knudsen

West & South Glasgow and Valley County
Democratic Party:
State Senator for District 17 - Doug Adolphson
State Representative for District 33 - Mike Finley

Republican Party:
State Senator for District 17 - Wayne Stahl, Mike Lang
State Representative for District 33 - Casey Knudsen, Michael Burns

Fort Peck area
Democratic Party:
State Senator for District 16 - Bobbi J. Favel, Leann Montes, Frank J. Smith
State Representative: Bridget Smith

Republican Party:
State Senator for District 16 - G. Bruce Meyers

Also rural Valley County will vote to authorize a mill levy of 10 mils per year (approximately $243,000) for ten fiscal years for construction, maintenance and improvements to public highways.

Friday, June 3rd 2016
Cyclists Raising Awareness For Clean Water
Each summer for the past 4 years, a team of college cyclists has biked cross country to raise awareness, and to raise money toward fighting the global water crisis.

Two groups of 5 college students, one group of women and one of guys, is traveling across the country. The women's team is currently in Wyoming, and the men's team are traveling across Highway 2, and were here in Glasgow on Thursday.

Cyclist Paul Joung said the mission started out 4 years ago and has become a tradition.

Fellow cyclist Jackson Lucht said it’s been a great adventure so far for college guys who’ve never been to this part of the country. They haven’t seen any bears, but lots of deer, bison and mosquitos.

Their mission is not only a fund-raising event, but an awareness event as well. You can find out more at http://www.rideforwater.com.

By the way, none of the riders were serious cyclists before leaving on this mission. They are cycling east and hope to reach Williston tonight, and hope to get to the east coast by July 4th.

You can listen to the full interview with Paul, Jackson and Fadi Nassar here.

Wednesday, June 1st 2016
Final Results From Glasgow Demolition Derby

Heat 1

Travis Erickson - Havre

Heat 1

Willy Lauckner - Nashua

Heat 2

Trenton Gray - Flora Illinois

Heat 2

Brad Olson - Glasgow

Heat 3

Trevor Jeannotte - Williston ND

Heat 3

Garett Powell - Chinook

Heat 4

Fred Potter - Glasgow

Heat 4

Jace Hinton - Scobey

1st Place

Garett Powell - Chinook

2nd Place

Travis Erickson - Havre

3rd Place

Brad Olsen - Glasgow

4th Place

Trevor Jeannotte - Williston ND

5th Place

Fred Potter Jr - Glasgow

Mad Dog Final
Finial Event

Brad Olsen - Glasgow

Wednesday, June 1st 2016
Abigail Helland to Compete for Miss MT Outstanding Teen June 9-11
Abigail Helland, 20 of Glasgow, is one of 11 competing for the title of Miss Montana in Glendive June 9-11 at 7PM nightly at the DCHS auditorium.

After graduating valedictorian from GHS in 2014, she has been attending MSU Bozeman majoring in psychology. She received the Governors Best & Brightest Scholarship and served as a MT State Senate Page in 2013. Abigail says her best nonacademic achievement was saving her 3 year old sister’s life with CPR when she was just in the 7th grade.

She hopes to become a physical therapist helping children with disabilities. Her platform is Finding the Ability Beyond the Disability.

Abigail calls Glasgow a small town with lots of heart. Her mom is the most influential person in her life. If she were on a deserted island she’d like any book by Malcolm Gladwell, preferably Outliers. She says her best friend would describe her as blondes really do have more fun.

For the seventh time the Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen competition will combine with the Miss Montana Scholarship Program, now in its 67th year so it’s two shows for the price of one. On Thursday the Outstanding Teens, age 13-17, compete in talent, sportswear and evening gown. Half the Miss Montana contestants will compete in talent and swimsuit while the other half compete in evening gown and on stage question. Their roles reverse on Friday.

Friday at 1PM the Show Us Your Shoes Parade features shoes the girls design that reflect their community. Afterwards everyone is invited to the free ice cream social in Glendive’s Gazebo Park. A gala at the Eastern MT Event Center Friday night celebrates the coronation of Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen.

Saturday at 1PM the Royal-Tea, emceed by Miss Montana Danielle Wineman of CutBank, is fun for young and young at heart. Vote on www.missmontana.com for Abigail to be Montana’s Choice guaranteeing her as one of the Saturday night finalists. Saturday night Montana's Choice and the top contestants are announced and competition begins again, culminating the coronation of Miss Montana 2016. Over $300,000 is awarded in scholarships and prizes.

Tickets are available at www.missmontana.com, the Glendive Chamber of Commerce or the Farm to Table Store in the EPEC in Glendive. Tickets are also on sale at the door: $15 Thursday, $20 Friday and $25 Saturday or $50 for all three nights, $60 for patron seating.

Monday, May 30th 2016
Even In FWP Region 6, Please Be Bear Aware
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Bureau of Land Management would like outdoor enthusiasts to be “Bear Aware,” even in northeast Montana. Although bear encounters are rare in most of FWP Region 6, there are currently some black bears present in the Little Rockies and the Bears Paw Mountains. In addition, black bears are occasionally found wandering far from their traditional areas, and preventative measures should always be taken to prevent wildlife encounters.

Black bears have been found rummaging through garbage cans at Camp Creek campground, located just outside of Zortman. The BLM, who administers the Camp Creek campground, is taking steps to alleviate this issue. Bears have also been spotted near other communities and residences in the Little Rockies.

However, if bears are going to become a local wildlife species that we can all enjoy, we need to be smart about living with them. This includes preventing situations that habituate bears, such as rummaging through garbage and exposure to other unnatural food attractants.

It is unlawful to intentionally, or to inadvertently, feed bears. When bears access garbage and other food sources, they can become food-conditioned and potentially be dangerous. Wildlife officials often have to euthanize food-conditioned bears in the interest of public safety, a situation that everyone wants to avoid. A much better option is to prevent bears from becoming habituated in the first place.

FWP and the BLM remind folks that live in areas where bears might be to always:
- Secure garbage inside a garage or secure shed
- Bring pet food in at night
- Clean up livestock food
- Bring in bird feeders, and clean up spilled seed

In addition, hunters and other recreationists are reminded to properly store game meat, food, livestock feed, garbage, and all other attractants in a bear-resistant manner. This also discourages other wildlife, such as raccoons and skunks, from causing problems with your belongings as well.

There are many resources available to hunters and recreationists on ways to prevent bears interactions, some of which can be found at: http://www.fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/livingWithWildlife/beBearAware/.

Monday, May 30th 2016
Hays Residents, Texas Hunter Found Guilty of Illegally Killing Mule Deer Buck
Chris Moore (32) of Allen, Texas, and Hays residents Chase (27) and Warren (51) Morin were separately charged with violations involving the illegal harvest of a mule deer buck on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property near Bird Tail Road in south Blaine County.

In 2014, Moore obtained a non-tribal member deer hunting license from Fort Belknap Fish and Wildlife for the 2014 rifle season. To use the non-member license, Fort Belknap Fish and Wildlife requires non-tribal members to utilize the services of tribal-approved guides. The tribal deer license is only valid within the reservation boundary or on Indian trust (sub-marginal) lands outside the reservation.

Upon an investigation by FWP game wardens, it was discovered that Moore harvested a mule deer buck in 2014, tagging it with his tribal license, on BLM land outside the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation boundary. Moore admitted that he harvested the deer while under the direction and supervision of his tribal guide Chase Morin, and Chase’s dad, Warren Morin. Moore did not have a state of Montana issued deer license at the time.

Moore forfeited bond and was subsequently found guilty for hunting without a valid license, and was ordered by Blaine County Justice Court to pay a fine of $535. The mule deer antlers, with the assistance of Texas game wardens, were returned to Montana.

Chase Morin plead guilty to ‘accountability’ involving Moore’s hunting without a valid license, and was ordered by Blaine County Justice Court to pay a fine of $135.

Warren Morin plead guilty to ‘solicitation’ involving Moore’s hunting without a valid license, and was ordered by Blaine County Justice Court to pay a fine of $135.
Anyone with information about crimes involving fish, wildlife or park regulations is encouraged to call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

Monday, May 30th 2016
Hays Man Found Guilty in District Court for Hunting Violations Involving Bull Elk
Clay Chandler, 20, of Hays was found guilty in the Montana 17th Judicial District Court for the illegal rifle harvest of a bull elk. Chandler was charged with hunting during a closed season, unlawful possession and transportation of a game animal, and hunting game animals while his privilege to do so was suspended. Chandler had pled guilty to each violation in Blaine County Justice Court, and appealed the case to the District Court.

The violations took place on October 1, 2013, on State of Montana School Trust Lands property in southeastern Blaine County, outside the exterior boundaries of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Chandler’s privileges to hunt at such locations within the state of Montana had been forfeited due to a 2012 conviction for unlawfully harvesting two bull elk.

FWP wardens and Fort Belknap Fish and Wildlife tribal wardens worked together to compile evidence during the investigation. Wardens had received reports of the illegal harvest, and photographs surfaced showing Chandler with the harvested elk. Later, a spent rifle cartridge was collected that ballistic analysis showed belonged to the same 30-06 rifle that was seized and later returned to Chandler during the conclusion of his earlier 2012 conviction.

The court, with prosecution by the Blaine County attorney, found that Chandler had knowingly lured, shot, and removed the bull elk from the State land which he knew to be outside the exterior boundaries of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.

Chandler, an enrolled tribal member, had unsuccessfully attempted to argue to the court that his taking of the bull elk on non-reservation land within Blaine County was lawful because of the Blackfeet Treaty of 1855, and maintained that an 1888 treaty establishing the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation further reserved those hunting privileges.

The District Court denied Chandler’s claim, explaining that states have jurisdiction to regulate the wildlife within their borders, and that tribal members are subject to these state laws when they are off the reservation; unless their off-reservation hunting and fishing rights had been expressly reserved by the tribe when they ceded lands to the federal government. The Court found that the two treaties argued by Chandler and his attorney did not reserve those privileges, thus Chandler was subject to Montana’s fish and game regulations.

In March of 2016, Chandler was charged by 17th Judicial District Court for the following offenses:
· Unlawful possession of a game animal, second offense: 10 days in county jail, $600 fine, $1000 in restitution for the unlawfully taken bull elk, and loss of privileges to hunt for 60 months in Montana and all 48 states that are members of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
· Hunting while privilege is forfeited or suspended: 10 days in county jail, $500 fine, and loss of privileges to hunt for 60 months in Montana and all 48 states that are members of the Interstate wildlife Violator Compact.
· Hunting during a closed season, second offense: 10 days in county jail and a $600 fine.

Chandler’s jail time and hunting suspensions were all to run concurrently, and his fines consecutively. In addition, Chandler was ordered to pay for his own incarceration costs.
Anyone with information about crimes involving fish, wildlife or park regulations is encouraged to call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

Tuesday, May 24th 2016
Valley County Commissioner Paul Tweten Explains 10-Mill Levy For Crushing Gravel
Monday, May 23rd 2016
Stan Ozark Interviews GOP Candidate For House District #33, Michael Burns
Monday, May 23rd 2016
Reminder of Adult Hunter Education Class Offered in Glasgow
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold an adult hunter education field course from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. This is the last hunter education course that will be held before the June 1 application deadline for deer, elk, and antelope.

For the field course, adults must pass the online hunter 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.

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. Please make sure to print out all required files, and sign all necessary forms.

If there are any questions, please call class coordinator Marc Kloker at 406-480-9234.

Friday, May 20th 2016
GOP Candidate For Montana House District #33, Casey Knudsen, Sat Down With Stan Ozark and Talked About His Candidacy.
Wednesday, May 18th 2016
Early Voting Office Set To Open In Frazer On Thursday
Helena, MT— Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch today announced the establishment of numerous additional early voting offices on Montana’s American Indian reservations for the upcoming 2016 elections, bringing the total number of locations to thirteen. They will be located across nine counties and will serve six Tribal Nations, and will be providing early voting and late registration on select days in the month leading up to election day.

The creation of these offices--often called “satellite offices” because they are an extension of the central county election office--follows upon a directive issued by Secretary McCulloch in October of 2015.

Although election day polling locations have long existed to serve American Indians, satellite offices allow for late registration and early voting in the month preceding the election day. McCulloch noted that in the absence of such offices, an American Indian might otherwise need to make a long and potentially costly trip to the county headquarters.

“For many rural and low income Tribal members, the distance for such a visit can be expensive and a serious burden,” McCulloch said. “These voting offices help solve this problem. With them, Montana has become a leader, nationally, in providing access to the ballot for American Indians in areas where expanded access was requested and deemed necessary. I’m committed to ensuring there are no barriers to the elections process for any Montanan, and I applaud each of Montana’s county election administrators for the work they do to keep our elections secure, accurate and accessible to all voters.”

Valley County will open an early voting office in Frazer at the Frazer Senior Citizen Center. The office will be open on May 19th, May 26th, and June 2nd. The hours will be from 9am to 3pm each of those days.

Tuesday, May 17th 2016
Miss Montana & Outstanding Teen Competition, June 9-11 in Glendive
Who will be crowned Miss Montana 2016 taking over for the reigning Miss Montana Danielle Wineman of Cut Bank who has shared her anti-bullying message with over 36,000 youth throughout the state? The 67st annual Miss MT Scholarship Pageant is June 9-11 in Glendive in conjunction with Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen competition for 13-17 year olds.

Preliminary competition with 11 Miss MT contestants and 10 outstanding teens begins Thursday June 9 at 7PM at the DCHS 1000-seat auditorium in Glendive.  Friday at 1PM the Glendive Chamber sponsors the “Show Us Your Shoes” parade followed by an ice cream social featuring Montana’s Wilcoxson’s ice cream supplied by Cross Petroleum.  Friday night viewers will see the other half of the contestants perform talent and one of the top five teens crowned Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen.  The evening of celebration continues at the Eastern Plains Event Center for the Gala and coronation reception for the outstanding teen.

Saturday at 1PM the public is invited to the Royal Tea at the EPEC, emceed by Miss Montana 2015 Danielle Wineman.  The princesses, age 6-9, sit with their “big sister” Miss Montana or Outstanding Teen contestant and enjoy entertainment and refreshments.  Cost is $5 for youth, $8 for adults at the EPEC. 

Saturday night at 7PM the top contestants compete in evening gown, fitness, talent and on stage question and the judges select the top five. The newly crowned Miss Montana 2016 will go on to compete for Miss America and represent Montana throughout the coming year.
Miss Montana contestants are:

Jessica Criss from Bozeman; Karalie Magnus, Missoula; Samantha Yates, Great Falls; Sierra Crandell, Kalispell; Abigail Helland, Glasgow; Alara Vogel, Havre; Julie Theis, Sidney; Alysse Charlesworth, Glendive; Toby Jeanne Almy, Miles City and Lauren Scofield, Havre.
Outstanding Teen Class of 2016

Alexa Baisch of Glendive; Caroline Carey, Helena; Emily Kuehn, Glendive; Vanessa Van Vleet, Wibaux; Audrey Miller, Bozeman; Mary Elizabeth Royce, Corvallis; Sami Beeler, Glendive; Quinn Motichka, Polson; Faith Johnson, Helena and Abby Hill of Glendive.

Tickets are $15 Thursday, $20 Friday, $25 Saturday or $50 for all three nights. Reserved patron seating is $60 or $5 more nightly. Tickets are available soon at the Farm to Table Store in the EPEC, 313 S. Merrill in Glendive or online at http://www.missmontana.com

Monday, May 16th 2016
Fort Peck Summer Theatre Preps For Electrifying 2016 Season
Fort Peck Summer Theatre is eager to mount 5 exciting shows for the 2016, as well as host the Annual Performing Arts Camp, Dam Cabaret and introduce a new Theatre for a Young Audience series.

Artistic Director Andy Meyers returns for his 6th season. In the off-season, Meyers was presented the Broadway World Phoenix Award for Best Director of a Musical, for his work on The King and I at Arizona Broadway Theatre.

Meyers and the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council are thrilled to welcome the 2016 company that is very balanced mix of returning favorites and new exciting talent.

2016 SEASON:

Run Dates: June 3 – June 12
Director: Andy Meyers 

FPST alum Daniel Crary returns to star opposite his real-life wife Courtney in this 2 person musical that follows the excitement, learning-curves and turns of a young marriage. The exciting twist: known for its soaring music, this creative script tells the groom's story in chronological order, while the bride’s story is told in reverse.  Plus, composer Jason Robert Brown is consistently one of the most requested after the Annual DAM Cabaret!
Run Dates: June 17 – July 3
Director: Pam L. Veis
Musical Director: Lizzie Hatfield
FPST is honored to welcome James Rio, whose credits include international productions of The Phantom of the Opera, to star as Don Quixote. This Tony Award and Oscar nominated musical, follows the epic and timeless adventures of unlikely hero Quixote, as he searches for glory, love and victory. The score features “The Impossible Dream”, which is arguably the most cherished s song ever written. Audience favorite Pam L. Veis switches to the opposite side of the footlights in her FPST directorial debut.
MY WAY: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Run Dates: July 8 – July 24
Directors: Andy Meyers & Megan Wiltshire
Musical Director: Luree Green-Chappell
The music of ‘Old Blue Eyes’ will fill the air in this celebration of Sinatra’s iconic classics. Don’t miss a one-of-a-kind theatrical evening that will transport audiences to a swingin’ speakeasy lounge, complete with onstage seating, a dance-inducing band and functioning bar!
Run Dates: July 29 – August 14
Director & Choreographer: Heather Adams 
A perfect evening for the entire family, the world’s most famous nanny flies into town, as only Fort Peck Summer Theatre can do it. Loaded with tap-dancing, magic and special effects, get ready to hum along to all your favorite tunes, as Disney’s classic film comes alive on stage for the first time at FPST!
Run Dates: August 19 – September 4
Director: Andy Meyers 
Something new to the Fort Peck Theatre Stage: A Thriller! Recently turned into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe, two men enter a theatre with hopes of finding the identity of a mysterious Woman in Black. Often times very funny, (with lots of suspense but no gore), this play is sure to induce a few goosebumps, but no nightmares!


Performance times are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm.

For individual tickets or reservations, the Fort Peck Summer Theatre Box Office at (406) 526-9943 will open at the top of the season.

Monday, May 16th 2016
Glasgow Woman Named As Co-Chair Of Greg Gianforte's Women's Coalition
Bozeman businessman and tech entrepreneur Greg Gianforte and his running mate, Phillips County rancher Lesley Robinson, launched a women’s coalition, Women for Gianforte/Robinson on May 12th.

Led by Robinson, Women for Gianforte/Robinson encourages women to serve as leaders and effective voices for their communities. Co-chairs of the coalition include: Susan Gianforte, Anne Meree Craig (Commit Foundation), Sarah Swanson Partridge (Farm Equipment Services), Ashley Dennehy (Colstrip United), and Betti Hill (RNC National Committee Woman).

ROBINSON: “We’re honored to join together with strong, talented women across Montana who are eager for new leadership in Helena. We’re running to bring Montana up from 49th in wages, and bring our kids home. We’re grateful to have these capable women support our campaign.”

Robinson has served for 11 years as a Commissioner for Phillips County, gaining national attention for her leadership. She has served as Western Region representative on the NACo executive board, President of the Western Interstate Region Board, and currently serves as vice-chair of the NACo Public Lands Committee. At the age of 30, Robinson was elected to serve on the board for the Montana Stockgrowers Association.

Recognized as one of Eastern Montana’s greatest advocates, Robinson plans to build a bridge between rural Montana and state government if elected Lieutenant Governor.

Dozens have already joined Women for Gianforte/Robinson, and those still interested in doing so can visit www.gregformontana.com.

Monday, May 16th 2016
Fort Peck Reservoir Walleye Spawn Egg-take Effort A Success
Pictured: Volunteer Cooper Axtman with a nice walleye

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks annual walleye spawn egg-take on Fort Peck Reservoir was completed in April. With the help of FWP personnel and the many volunteers, the egg collection goals were exceeded. The egg-take effort began in late March, and was completed by the 21st of April.
A total of 552 female walleye were spawned, with approximately 79 million eggs collected, and 1,674 males were captured during the effort as well. The heaviest walleye weighed was a female at 15.7 pounds. Another female captured measured only 29.6 inches, but weighed 14.4 pounds.
“The condition of some of the larger walleye was very impressive this spring,” said Fort Peck Reservoir Biologist and project-lead Heath 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.”

Roughly 39 million eggs remained at the Fort Peck Multi-Species Fish Hatchery, which in turn raised approximately 19.5 fry. “Eight to ten million fry will be put into Fort Peck Hatchery ponds to raise to fingerlings,” said Wade Geraets, Fort Peck Fish Hatchery manager. “The rest of the fry will be stocked into Fort Peck Reservoir and other allocated bodies of water around the state.”

The other 40 million eggs headed to the Miles City Hatchery, where approximately 8.1 million fry were stocked into hatchery ponds and 8.7 million fry were stocked into Fort Peck Reservoir at Hell Creek.

Overall, the weather was quite favorable to the walleye spawning efforts. “Although there were a few cold fronts that passed through, water temperatures remained in the upper 40’s, which is near the ideal spawning temperature for walleye.” said Headley.

During egg-take efforts in the past, some cold fronts have been more severe and longer lasting. “Some years we’ve observed water surface temperatures decrease from the upper 40’s to the upper 30’s and remain that way for several days,” said Headley. “Not only did this cause walleye to quit cruising the shallow shorelines where trap nets were located, but it also prevented any green female walleye we captured from ripening up or releasing their eggs. During those poor years, only 38-48 million eggs were collected.”

Volunteers, Headley says, were key to the operation. Over 104 individual volunteers, from all over the state of Montana, assisted with this season’s effort. “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. It’s always great to see new and familiar faces during the walleye egg-taking effort, discuss the Fort Peck fishery, and see some truly remarkable fish.”

In addition to walleye eggs, roughly 2.5 million northern pike eggs were collected early in the effort. One hundred thousand northern pike fry were put into a Fort Peck hatchery pond, and the remaining fry were stocked into allocated ponds in Regions 6 and 7.

Saturday, May 14th 2016
Stan Ozark Appointed By Governor Steve Bullock To Montana Heritage Preservation and Development Commission
Governor Steve Bullock today announced the following appointments.

Montana Agriculture Development Council

• Greg Jergeson, Chinook. Qualification: Public representative who is or was actively engaged in agriculture. Jergeson is a former State Legislator and member of the Public Service Commission.

• Amy Kellogg, Kalispell. Qualification: Public representative who is or was actively engaged in agriculture. Kellogg is the co-owner of Vassallo Foods.

State Electrical Board

• Dawn Achten, Billings. Qualification: Member representing the public. Achten is with Continentail Owner Operators Ltd, and a former school board member.

Montana Heritage Preservation and Development Commission

• Shera Konen, Ennis. Qualification: Broad experience in business. Konen is the Casting Director/Talent Manager at Warm Springs Productions.

• Philip Maechling, Florence. Qualification: Experience in community planning. Maechling is an independent contractor in historic and cultural resource preservation, landscape and community planning, public process and problem solving and photography.

• Stan Ozark, Glasgow. Qualification: Public at-large. Ozark is the News and Sports Director/Account Executive for KLTZ-KLAN in Glasgow, and a City Councilman.

• Marilyn Ross, Twin Bridges. Qualification: Experience in historic preservation. Ross is a retired County Commissioner and served as Chair of the Butte Public Archives for 20 years.

State Library Commission

• Bruce Newell, Helena. Qualification: Public representative. Newell is retired after serving as the Director of the Montana Library Network and a Public and Network Services Librarian for the Lewis and Clark Library.

Board of Optometry

• Dr. Randall Hoch, Lewistown. Qualification: Registered optometrist. Hoch is an optometrist at Eye Care Associates of Lewistown, P.C.

Board of Radiologic Technologists

• Mike Nielsen, Billings. Qualification: Radiologic assistant or radiology practitioner assistant. Nielsen is a Radiologic Assistant/Radiology Practitioner Assistant at Billings Clinic.

Board of Sanitarians

• Stephanie Ler, Sidney. Qualification: Registered sanitarian. Ler is the Environmental Health Director for the Richland County Health Department.

Friday, May 13th 2016
Montana Hunter and Bowhunter Education Instructors Needed in Region 6
Volunteer instructors are being sought for the Hunter and Bowhunter Education programs in Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6, which includes the counties of Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels, McCone, Sheridan, and Roosevelt counties. In particular, more instructors are needed in the Culbertson, Bainville, Froid, Medicine Lake, and Plentywood areas.

Hunter and Bowhunter education are state mandated courses, which are taught by dedicated volunteers. Region 6 is in need of recruiting more of these dedicated men and women to continue to serve the Region 6 area. Anyone who is at least twelve-years old is eligible to apply.

The heart of Montana’s Hunter and Bowhunter Education programs is the group of dedicated volunteer instructors. They stand as examples of how each hunter should demonstrate safety, ethics, behavior, and responsibility to not only themselves, but also to landowners, other hunters, and the resource.

These instructors choose to honor Montana’s hunting heritage and “Pass it On!” by sharing their skills, experiences and their love of hunting and Montana’s vast resources with those new to hunting and outdoor adventure.

If you are interested in the future of hunting, in improving sportsmanship and safety in the field, or teaching an appreciation for the vast hunting resources in Montana, then we need you to join us and “Pass it On!”

For information on becoming a Hunter or Bowhunter education instructor, please call Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager, at 406-228-3704, or visit the FWP web site at http://www.fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/instructors/ to learn more and apply.

Friday, May 13th 2016
Valley County To Provide Satellite Voting Office In Frazer
The Valley County Commissioners have announced that Valley County will be opening a satellite voting office in Frazer starting May 19th and running each Thursday through the Montana Primary Election on June 7th.

Valley County Commissioner Bruce Peterson noted that the tentative office hours for the office will from 9am to 3pm on May 19th, May 26th and June 2nd. The satellite office will be located at the Frazer Senior Citizens Center.

The Fort Peck Tribes will provide the location of the office and also provide internet service.

The satellite office will provide an opportunity for voters in the Frazer Precinct to register to vote and actually cast their vote in the Primary Election. The services provided at the satellite office will be the same services provided at the Clerk and Recorders Office in the Valley County Courthouse.

Friday, May 13th 2016
Flooding Continues On Milk River In Glasgow And Beaver Creek Near Hinsdale
The flood warning continues for the following rivers in Montana...

Beaver Creek near Hinsdale affecting Valley County
...The flood warning continues for the following rivers in Montana..
Milk River at Glasgow affecting Valley County

.Most rivers and creeks in the Milk River basin have crested or are
cresting today with the exception of rising water still in the Saco area.
Some dirt and gravel roads in lower lying areas west and south of the
Milk River remain under water.



Avoid travelling on flooded roads. Washouts may be hidden under the

Stay tuned to developments by listening to NOAA Weather radio.

The latest states and forecasts for rivers and streams can be found
at our web page...
water.weather.g o v

For Additional Flooding Pictures Visit The Kltz Facebook Page

The Flood Warning continues for
The Beaver Creek near Hinsdale.
* until Sunday afternoon.
* at 8:30 AM Friday the stage was 16.6 feet.
* Flood stage is 14.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue to fall to below flood stage by
tomorrow early afternoon.

The Flood Warning continues for
The Milk River AT Glasgow.
* until Sunday morning.
* at 7:30 AM Friday the stage was 25.6 feet.
* Flood stage is 25.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...after leveling off today, the river will continue
to fall to below flood stage by tomorrow morning.

Friday, May 13th 2016
Absentee Ballots Mailed Today For June Primary Election
HELENA – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch announced that counties will be mailing 232,731 ballots to identified absentee voters today, May 13th.

“Voting by absentee ballot is convenient and as secure as voting at the polling place,” Secretary McCulloch said. “It’s no surprise that an increasing number of Montanans are choosing to vote this way. And, even though ballots go out to electors on the absentee list today, you can still apply for an absentee ballot anytime up until noon the day before the election.” McCulloch reminds voters that unlike ballots for the May school elections, which are conducted by mail only, ballots for the Primary are mailed out to voters who have confirmed their mailing address in 2016. If you did not respond to the confirmation mailing sent by your county election administrator, it’s not too late. You can confirm anytime, or can just reapply to be on the absentee list.

McCulloch also reminds absentee voters that although ballots from each party will be mailed to them, they can only vote one party’s ballot for the primary, and clarifies that Presidential candidates who announced they were suspending their campaign, but did not withdraw from our ballot will remain on the ballot and votes cast for those candidates will be counted.

The 232,731 absentee ballots being mailed to voters across Montana will reach nearly 36% of the state’s 645,408 current registered voters.

“It’s important to vote using the method that is right for you,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Whether you vote by absentee ballot or head to the polls on Election Day, you can be confident that your vote counts. Montana has some of the best run and most secure elections in the nation.”

Montanans can check their voter registration status using the Secretary of State’s online elections tool and app, “My Voter Page.” Registered voters can also view a precinct-specific sample ballot for the June 7th Primary Election, find the location of their polling place, and track the status of their absentee ballot once one has been issued.

“If you love the convenience of voting by absentee ballot, but miss getting an “I Voted” sticker, we have you covered,” Secretary McCulloch said. “You can now access a digital “I Voted” sticker from our homepage, and share it on Facebook, Twitter or your website.”

For more information about Primary election information and reminders or for the digital “I Voted” sticker visit: sos.mt.gov.

*Absentee ballots were sent to qualified military and overseas citizen voters on April 22.The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) created special provisions for members of the armed forces and overseas U.S. citizens to register and vote while absent from their Montana voting residence. Voters qualified under UOCAVA can now register and vote using the Electronic Absentee System (EAS), which can be accessed online at sos.mt.gov/Elections.

Thursday, May 12th 2016
Glasgow Kiwanis Club Presents Bug Awards To Glasgow 4th Graders
Glasgow Kiwanis Club members Dr. Charles Wilson and Stan Ozark presented Bring Up Grades (BUG) Awards to Glasgow Irle School 4th Graders on Wednesday.

The BUG Awards are given to students who raise their grades from one academic quarter to the next. These students increased their grades from the 2nd quarter to the 3rd quarter.

The students received a certificate and a gift card from Flip Burgers and Treats courtesy of the Glasgow Kiwanis Club.

Thursday, May 12th 2016
Glasgow Kiwanis Club Presents BUG Awards To Glasgow 5th Graders
Glasgow Kiwanis Club members Dr. Charles Wilson and Stan Ozark presented Bring Up Grades (BUG) Awards to Glasgow Irle School 5th Graders on Wednesday.

The BUG Awards are given to students who raise their grades from one academic quarter to the next. These students increased their grades from the 2nd quarter to the 3rd quarter.

The students received a certificate and a gift card from Flip Burgers and Treats courtesy of the Glasgow Kiwanis Club.

Thursday, May 12th 2016
Montana Missouri River Country Tourism Update
The economic impact of tourism to the state is growing. Tourism is one of Montana’s leading industries with more than 11 million non-resident visitors in 2014 and supporting over 38,000 jobs, up 15% over 2013. These non-resident visitors spent $3.98 billion and generated $276 million in state and local taxes, which lowered taxes on each Montana household by over $650.

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

Missouri River Country assists in bringing visitors to Northeast Montana by marketing our area as a destination for the outdoor adventurist, geotourist, history buffs, Native American Culturists, Dinosaur Trail followers, hunters, fishermen, and women and the overall recreationists. One of our marketing methods is to attend trade shows. We distribute information at these shows and assist attendees to plan a vacation or hunting or fishing trip to our northeast corner of the state. In January we exhibited in San Diego, CA at the Travel and Adventure show. March was a busy month with Missouri River Country exhibiting in Philadelphia, PA and Williston, ND. These shows have produced leads to bring visitors to our area.

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

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

Tuesday, May 10th 2016
JSEC Awards Local Scholarships
The Glasgow Job Service Employers’ Committee (JSEC) awarded four scholarships to Valley County high school seniors who are continuing their education after graduation. Senior students Logan Gunderson (Glasgow), Mary Fewer (Glasgow), Delaney Beil (Hinsdale), and Chloe Koessl (Nashua) received scholarships to use toward college expenses. Eight students competed for the scholarship money. Final awards were based on a panel interview in which students described their plans to meet their educational and occupational goals.

Funding was provided by Valley County employers who share the JSEC’s desire to improve our future workforce by encouraging youth to continue their education. Stacey Amundson, JSEC Chair, said that employers donated $1,200 this year, all of which was distributed to the students.

Each of the students demonstrated high aspirations. Three intend to pursue careers in health care, which Amundson said is expected to have high demand for employment as the Baby-Boomer generation ages. Logan Gunderson and Chloe Koessl plan to attend Montana State University to pursue careers as medical doctors. Delaney Beil has accepted an offer to attend Great Falls College MSU to study nursing. Mary Fewer intends to study finance at University of Montana with her intention to one day direct political campaigns.

Amundson said eighteen businesses generously contributed to the scholarship this year. This is nearly twice as many as previous years. She said this may be a reflection of the frustration employers are feeling in finding dependable workers who show up on time, offer excellent customer service and work hard while on the clock. JSEC Coordinator Sue Dalbey for the Glasgow Job Service office confirmed, “Projections show a real shortage in workers over the next 10 years. Hiring challenges will likely continue. Montana’s two year colleges and apprenticeship programs are working hard to improve on-line and certificate programs that offer more realistic training opportunities for rural residents. In the long run, this should help our local employers find skilled workers who love living in Eastern Montana.”

The following businesses contributed to the scholarship this year: KLTZ/KLAN, Pink Hammer Construction, D&G Sports and Western, Fort Peck Community Credit Union, Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, First Community Bank, Prairie Ridge Village, City of Glasgow, MARCO, Eugenes Pizza Inc, Valley View Home, Fossum Ready Mix, Taco Shack, Rae Cox (Sam’s), Dirk Markle (Ace), Glasgow Automobile & Implement Dealers, Helland Agency, United Insurance, Cottonwood Inn & Suites, First Lutheran Youth Fund.

The JSEC meets monthly at the Glasgow Job Service office to discuss and organize training workshops, scholarships and address local employer issues. For more information, contact Stacey at 228-2476 or Sue at the Glasgow Job Service, 228-3926.

Tuesday, May 10th 2016
Apply Now For GHS Educational Trust Grants
GHS alumni pursuing higher education at the baccalaureate or vocational/technical level are strongly encouraged to apply to the GHS Educational Trust for financial assistance to help pay for tuition and other expenses for the 2016-2017 school year. The deadline is July 1, 2016, and the application is available online at www.ghsedutrust.org.

With tuition and student debt both rising at historic rates, the trust would like to remind applicants that this gift is not a traditional scholarship only for those who have exceptionally high grades. The awards are based primarily on need, and all applicants who have completed one year of college or one semester of trade school, who are full-time students in good academic standing at an accredited institution, and who are making steady progress toward the completion of a degree are given equal consideration. Other requirements listed on the application must be met and all information submitted on time.

With assets now totaling over $5 million dollars, the trust, which was established by the GHS Class of 1938 in 1964, has awarded over $1.7 million dollars to hundreds of different GHS graduates. Most of these students have received multiple grants over the course of their academic careers. This includes a significant number of nontraditional students who have completed their degrees through correspondence or online courses in addition to traditional campus instruction.

The trust has been supported by hundreds of faithful donors for over half a century to help as many GHS students as possible achieve their educational dreams and a better future. Apply now to be a part of this important Scotty tradition.
Friday, May 6th 2016
American Prairie Reserve Purchases 47,000 Acre Ranch In Central Montana
A huge Montana nature reserve added a 47,000-acre historic ranch to its patchwork of lands along the Missouri River on Friday, a significant step in a privately funded effort to stitch together a Connecticut-sized park where bison would replace livestock and cattle fences give way to open range.

The PN Ranch north of Winifred sprawls across rugged badlands, tall grass prairie and cottonwood-filled valleys. It's almost wholly within the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.

It includes the remnants of the Montana Territory's first military post, Camp Cooke, and was reportedly a rendezvous point for American Indian tribes on the Great Plains.

Its purchase by the American Prairie Reserve comes amid tensions with some in central Montana who see the project's rapid expansion over the past decade as an encroachment on their way of life.

For now, reserve representatives said, it will be managed as a livestock operation. But the long-term goal is to restore the land to its natural state and open it to the public — campers, bird watchers and others seeking a glimpse into how the West once looked.

"Over time the goal is an all-wildlife, public access situation," said Sean Gerrity, president of the Bozeman-based reserve. "People will come and the first thing they will notice is 'Welcome' signs instead of 'Keep Out' signs. They will notice fences down and a distinct openness to the landscape, unfettered by fences, power lines, power poles."

Terms of the sale were not disclosed. The cattle ranch founded in the late 1800s had been listed for $21.5 million.

Since 2001, American Prairie Reserve has raised $95 million and established a 353,000-acre footprint of leased and private land stretching across five counties.

The purchase of the PN — inside the 378,000-acre Upper Missouri River Breaks — continues the organization's strategy to use private real estate deals to leverage public lands. Other reserve holdings are within and adjacent to the million-acre C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

The reserve has 620 bison, which currently don't have access to the refuge or national monument. That herd is expected to increase to 1,000 bison within the next two years and more than 10,000 animals by late next decade.

Whether wild bison re-inhabit the public lands around the reserve will be largely up to state wildlife officials.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks officials said last year that they would consider bison on large-scale landscapes like the C.M. Russell refuge. But there's no timeline for a decision, agency spokesman Ron Aasheim said.

Thursday, May 5th 2016
Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson Addresses Water Issue For City Of Glasgow
Dear Residents:

As you have probably heard, city of Glasgow has been in the process of determining which courses of action to take in regards to the future source of Glasgow’s drinking water. As a public water provider, the city understands the effort and commitment it takes to operate and manage a safe and reliable water system. The City Council is also sensitive and understanding to the residents of Glasgow, and the cost incurred to the water and sewer rate payer. If you have lived here for any length of time, you may recall that this topic has been on the table for quite some time, dating all the way back to the inception of the Dry Prairie Rural Water Authority. As early [as] 2000, the city was beginning to examine the viability the city received drinking water from the rural water authority project. It has been no small nor light decision for the council to process as we have examined and re-examined all the data and information at hand over the past 16 years, to arrive at a decision that we feel will best serve the needs of Glasgow’s residents.

During that lengthy window of consideration, the city examined detailed data and information regarding the city’s existing water system, second party infrastructure that has a bearing on the system, and the rural water authority’s proposed system as well as their more recent existing system infrastructure. To further put that decision time frame into perspective, bear in mind that the referenced period of time covers the service of three mayors, over half a dozen city council members, two public works directors, multiple city staff members as well as two general managers for the rural water authority and multiple board members and employees in that organization.

Additionally worth noting is the fact that during the analysis, the city of Glasgow invested in several engineering studies, valued at over $55,000, and countless hours of staff work compiling data. The data and analysis from those studies were generated to document and prove accurate information for the council’s use as well as state and federal government agencies use in understanding pros and cons of the matter.

With such a long history regarding the matter, one might be inclined to ask, “Why now: what is driving the push for a current decision?” There are several answers to that question, but the two primary answers include the following: 1) the fact that the rural water authority is close to completing installation of its last leg of water supply pipe line in to Glasgow’s area. Therefore the time is now to decide if it is in the best interest of Glasgow to hook up to that source. 2) Another important driver, that you may remember, is that the city of Glasgow has been working on a “Preliminary Engineering Report” or PER for the city’s water system. PERs are typically done when extensive repairs or new work is required on a facility or infrastructure system. Glasgow’s water treatment facility is to a point where the city needs to invest in it or risk potential future failures. These two factors require a vital decision because the courses of action(s) for each are interdependent upon each other. The mayor of Glasgow and the City Council recognized the fact that the answer to whether or not Glasgow should hook up to the regional water authority could not be put off any longer. Regardless of the source of Glasgow’s drinking water, repairs and improvements must be made to the system.

In order to make an informed decision regarding which source of water would be in the best interest of the city, the council examined a multitude of criteria as related to providing safe and reliable drinking water through a standard and accepted 20-year planning period. The criteria included but where not necessarily limited to:

1. Current and future regulatory requirements

2. Current and future situation (or status of demand for water)

3. Evaluation of the existing water supplies and systems (both for Glasgow Water Department and the rural water authority)

4. Financial status of the system

5. Environmental review

6. Necessary improvements and repairs

7. Non-economic factors

8. Reliability of water sources and treatment methods

9. Operational requirements (of each system, including operation and maintenance costs)

10. System flexibility

11. Energy use by each system

12. Effect on Water Rights (for the city)

13. Timing, environmental impacts, water rates

14. Projected costs to the city and rate payers

The Water Department staff, the Public Works director, the Water Committee members, council and the mayor all worked with engineering consultants, the rural water authority, state and federal agencies to examine all the criteria listed above. During work sessions and meetings, review of one criterion often led to detailed components of that criteria, which provided more questions, and eventual clarity that provided informed answers. In the end, the pros of Glasgow remaining independent and continuing to be a water provider for the residents of Glasgow won out over the alternative of the city buying water from the rural water authority.

Below is a brief summary of the primary reasons that the council felt the chosen course of action would be in the best interest of Glasgow:

Of primary concern were rates: While at some point soon, a small rate increase will be necessary to the residents of Glasgow, even with that rate increase, it would still cost the residents of Glasgow over $3 more per month on the base rate to receive water from the rural water authority.

Cost control: By purchasing water from the rural water authority, the city of Glasgow would be three times removed from any decisions regarding rate increases and spending on the water production portion of the water to Glasgow) city of Glasgow (would still be responsible for distribution and invoicing water sales)

System operation and maintenance costs: Glasgow would still be required to maintain current staff to: qualify control test, maintain the distribution system, meter system, invoicing, take care of and maintain water storage facilities, make repairs and upgrades to in-town pumping facilities, etc. The water department already does all that, but on top of those costs, there would be the cost to buy the water. Financial planning for a system owned by the city is more predictable and allows for more flexibility. While a portion of the transmission system currently operated is owned by MARCO, the city has been proactively saving money to offset any potential future costs associated with that transmission line.

Non-economic factors: Glasgow’s system is very reliable; it offers flexibility for extreme conditions and emergency fire control. Energy usage – locally produced water is more energy efficient; pumping the water four times the distance uses more energy. Water rights are a concern, if the city does not continue to utilize its water rights, at some point they would be decreased and eventually abandoned thereby limiting the city’s future options for water. Uncertainty of future water authority rates – while not quantifiable, the water authority’s service is federally subsidized, should that change, it will be the burden of the off-reservation portion of the system to pick up that difference in cost.

Quality of Water: Glasgow’s quality of water is as good, if not better than the alternative. IF Glasgow had poor quality water, utilizing the alternative would be a no-brainer, but this is not the case.

It is the intention of the city of Glasgow to continue producing its own drinking water and not purchase water from Dry Prairie Rural Water Authority at this time. The course of action chosen takes the city of Glasgow through a minimum of 20-year planning period. The council wrestled with that fact that no system or improvements to those systems last in perpetuity, therefore at some future point in time, the council would like to have an idea as to what all other options may be. Therefore, in light of that forward planning, the council has opted to continue to keep long-term options open with the rural water authority. The city of Glasgow values the water services offered by Dry Prairie Rural Water Authority to all rural residents of Valley County and beyond. We have worked with DPRWA and respect the working relationship which we have. We hope to promote future collaborative efforts and support for both of our public water systems.

Back in the early 1980s, the mayor and council at that time had the sound forethought to switch Glasgow’s water source to the Missouri River. That advanced thinking has helped Glasgow enjoy over 30 years of quality drinking water. We are honored to serve Glasgow and the city thanks you for your trust as we look forward to another 30-plus years of quality water production to serve our residents.

City of Glasgow, MT

Becky Erickson

Mayor of Glasgow

Robert Kompel

Public Works Director

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016
Glasgow School District Levy Request Does Not Pass but Hinsdale approves 2 Building Reserve Levies.
Glasgow School District Voters rejected a levy request for the school district's general fund on Tuesday. Only 472 voters voted for the levy while a total of 581 voted against the levy request. The request was for $28,886.72.

Turnout was 34%.

Meanwhile, in Hinsdale, voters approved 2 building reserve levies:

89 for the Elementary Building Reserve Levy
29 against the Elementary Building Reserve Levy

87 for the High School Building Reserve Levy

34 against the High School Building Reserve Levy

School Trustee Election. Two positions available.

75 Christy Hillman
66 Chris Christensen
78 Paige Miller

283 Register Voters
121 Voters
43% Voted

The Frazer School District voters approved a elementary levy by a vote of 67-52.

They also elected Mary Sue Jackson and Tracy Hentges to the school board for 3-year terms and Michael Cole to a 1-year term.

Trustee Results:

3-year term:
Jewel Four Star Ackerman-46
Tracy Goerss Hentges- 65
Angie Toce- 43
Mary Sue Jackson- 66

1-year term:
Michael Cole-61
Jamie Lynn Smoker- 57

Friday, April 29th 2016
Tourism Is Big Business In Montana
Nonresident travelers mean big bucks for Montana.

The final 2015 nonresident visitor numbers were released April 27 by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana. Researchers found the 2015 economic contribution of 11.7 million nonresident travelers to Montana was $3.7 billion.

These visitors directly supported more than $3.1 billion of economic activity and 46,000 Montana jobs and indirectly supported an additional $2 billion of economic activity and over 16,000 more jobs.
Visitation was up 7 percent in 2015, with 11.7 million travelers visiting the state during the year, said Kara Grau, ITRR assistant director of economic analysis. Forty-four percent, or 5.2 million, of those visitors were in the state during the third quarter of July through September.

Forty-eight percent of spending by travelers during 2015 occurred during the third quarter, totaling over $1.7 billion, with travel groups spending an average of $153.51 per day during those summer months.

During the first and second quarters of 2015, traveler groups spent an average of $156.29 and $130.55 per day respectively, and totaled $377 million and $800 million. Fourth quarter group spending averaged $156.04 per day, totaling nearly $744 million. Overall, nonresident travelers spent a total of $3.7 billion in Montana during 2015.

Though total spending by nonresident travelers was down 6 percent from 2014, much of that reduction is due to significantly lower fuel prices during 2015. A full 32 percent of travelers’ expenditures during 2014 went toward fuel. Much less of nonresidents’ daily travel budget went toward fuel purchases during 2015 – just 20 percent, in fact.

“Spending on fuel is generally the largest expense for nonresidents traveling in Montana,” ITRR director Norma Nickerson said. “That was still the case in 2015, but not to the extent that we’ve seen in the past. Traveling through our expansive state cost our visitors much less last year, meaning they were able to put that money toward other things and other experiences while they were here.”

For more information about the 2015 nonresident visitation and spending estimates, visit http://scholarworks.umt.edu/itrr_pubs/333/. All information and reports published by ITRR are available online at http://www.itrr.umt.edu.

Friday, April 29th 2016
Progress Continues On Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial
Progress toward the July 4th "Grand Opening" ceremony at Fort Peck for the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial is moving right along.

Last week we received the second of three commissioned bronze sculptures. The hero sized bugler designed and sculpted by Harvey Rattey and Pamela Harr of Glendive will join "Freedom" the screaming bald eagle already in place at the site.

The bronze flag draped casket to be be placed under the main monument is expected before July 4th.
All 10 walls of honor are in place and installation of the 1200 veteran specific black granite tiles sold to date will begin right after May 1st. Tile orders remain brisk!

The 2nd order of trees should arrive next week and site irrigation will commence soon after to be concluded with laying of sod and native grass planting.

The Board of Directors have successfully raised over $950,000 to date and is still soliciting and accepting donations with a goal of raising an additional $100,00 to finish and maintain this world class destination dedicated to recognizing veterans service.

Supporters can access the website at www.veteransMt.org or call 228-2233.

Friday, April 29th 2016
Bowhunter Education Online Field Day Offered in Glasgow
A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks bowhunter education online field course will take place in Glasgow on Saturday, June 4. Students must have completed the online education course before participating in the field day.

Starting in 2017, the purchase of a Montana bow and arrow license will be 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 2017 archery only drawings. The first drawing deadline is March 15 each year. Montana FWP Bowhunter education classes are offered around the state until July 31 of each year.

The field day will take place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. There will be one hour of classroom instruction at the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow, and one hour at the archery range.

For more information about the online bowhunter education field day, go to the FWP website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/default.html to take the online course or register for the field day.

Make sure to print out all necessary material and sign all necessary forms. A photo ID and Field Day Qualifier Certificate are needed to be accepted into the field course. If you have any questions, please contact course coordinator Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704.

Thursday, April 28th 2016
Man Arrested By Valley County Sheriff's Office And Charged With Distributing Methamphetamine
36-year old Shannon Emeline was arrested this week by the Valley County Sheriff's Office on a warrant from Yellowstone County. Emeline was wanted on the charge of Possession of Dangerous Drugs and was wanted by Yellowstone County Law Enforcement.

A search warrant was obtained at Emeline's residence in St. Marie and law enforcement officers found methamphetamine worth an estimated $20,000 according to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier. The residence is located at 309A Hickory Street in St. Marie.

Emeline was charged with Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs with intent to Distribute-Methamphetamine. He was also charged with Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs-Opiods. Sheriff Meier also said Emeline was charged with 2 other drug charges that were misdemeanors including possession of marijuana.

Shannon Emeline is currently incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center on $110,000 bond. Meier said the investigation continues and more arrests are expected as the result of the investigation.

Sheriff Meier also noted that law enforcement officers also confiscated large amount of cash from the residence.

Thursday, April 28th 2016
Interview With Superintendent Bob Connors Now Online
Stan Ozark visited with Glasgow School Superintendent Bob Connors this week about a variety of school issues:


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