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Tuesday, November 24th 2015
Christmas Stroll & Parade Of Lights Is Saturday
The 12th Annual Parade of Lights, sponsored by the Valley County Optimist Club, & the “Candy Christmas” Christmas Stroll, sponsored by the Glasgow Chamber, has been set for Sat. Nov. 28th from 12-6:30p.m. in Downtown Glasgow.

Santa Claus arrives at 12noon & will visit the following places:
Shopko 12:15p.m.
Prairie Ridge 12:45p.m.
Nemont Manor 1:15p.m.
Valley View Home 1:45p.m.
Pehlke’s Furniture 2:30-4:30p.m.

There will be a free matinee, “Annie” at Valley Cinemas, sponsored by FMDH & Albertsons, from 1-2:30p.m., Hay Rides from 2:30-5p.m., the Tree Lighting Ceremony is at 5p.m. & the Christmas Light Parade is at 6p.m.

Tuesday, November 24th 2015
Lawsuit Filed Over Oil Tank Inspection Death Of Glasgow Man
The Last Best News has a story on another lawsuit that has been filed over an oil tank inspection death. The story features a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Glasgow, Montana man who died while inspecting oil storage tanks in the Bakken oifield of North, Dakota.

Here is a link to the story: http://lastbestnews.com/site/2015/11/another-lawsuit-filed-over-oil-tank-inspection-death/

Tuesday, November 24th 2015
Greg Gianforte Stops By Kltz/Mix-93 Studio
Greg Gianforte stopped by the Kltz/Mix-93 Studio on Tuesday morning and visited with Stan Ozark. Gianforte is exploring a bid for Governor of Montana.

Here is the audio from the interview:


Tuesday, November 24th 2015
2016 Unemployment Insurance Rates Decrease for Many Montana Businesses
Helena, Mont.—For the first time since 2009, the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Contribution Rate Schedule will be set at its lowest level for Montana employers, saving employers money on their unemployment insurance taxes in 2016. On average, businesses that pay a wage at or above the taxable wage base ($30,500) will see a savings of $106.80 per employee.

Governor Steve Bullock and Commissioner of Labor & Industry Pam Bucy announced that the Unemployment Insurance Contribution Rate Schedule will be adjusted from Schedule 3 to Schedule 1 in 2016. This adjustment means the unemployment contribution rates for most employers in 2016 will be over 26 percent lower than in 2015. The current Schedule 3 average tax rate is 1.52 percent. For 2016, the average rate will be 1.12 percent. As a result, most Montana businesses will see a decrease in UI taxes due for the next year.

“Montana’s economy is strong and we have more people working in our state than ever before,” said Bullock. “Montana is the best state in the nation for entrepreneurs, this reduction means that these small businesses are able to keep more money in their pockets and focus those funds on growing their operation.”

Because of Montana’s strong economy and low unemployment rate, employers’ contribution rates have steadily decreased since 2013.

“For the second year in a row, we’ve seen unemployment insurance rates drop two full levels,” said Bucy.

Unemployment Insurance benefits reduce the burden of being out of work, maintain purchasing power in local communities, and allow laid off workers to stay in-state so they will be available for re-employment. The program stabilizes the local and state economy by preventing a sharp drop in consumer spending during periods of unemployment. These benefits are paid with Montana employers UI contributions.

Monday, November 23rd 2015
Canadian Man Dies In Vehicle Crash East Of Jordan On Sunday
A 55-year-old Canadian man died in a crash east of Jordan Sunday morning.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, the man was pronounced dead at the scene around 8:45 a.m. on Montana Highway 200 approximately 30 miles east of Jordan after colliding with a semi truck carrying a tractor trailer as it was trying to pass.

The MHP reports both vehicles were traveling westbound when the semi tried to pass the Jeep Cherokee, which was also hauling a trailer. The driver of the Jeep swerved into the tractor as it was passing, side-swiped it, overcorrected and went into a broadside skid. When the vehicle hit the north side ditch it rolled, coming to rest on its top.

The driver of the semi truck as well as the Jeep were both wearing their seat belts.

Monday, November 23rd 2015
Barry Beach Freed After 3 Decades In Prison Vows To Never Return
DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) — A man whose 100-year murder sentence was commuted by Montana's governor walked out of prison still clad in the blue shirt of an inmate, shivering in the 25-degree weather that greeted him after three decades of incarceration.

Barry Beach, 53, fought to keep his composure Friday as he looked at the mountains in the distance and vowed never to return to Montana State Prison.

"Here I am for the last time," he said. "For the last time, because they can't bring me back."

Beach had learned of his release only hours earlier, when his attorney showed up at the prison. Word then spread quickly through the Deer Lodge facility, and the guards he had come to know over the years lined up to say goodbye.

Yet the end of his long stint behind bars left unresolved the emotional wounds still carried by the family of the victim, Beach's high school classmate Kimberly Nees.

The 17-year-old honor student's badly beaten body was found in a rural area of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, alongside a river where teenagers gathered to party.

"Something has to be proven to me, and it hasn't been proven yet," said Glenna Nees Lockman, the victim's older cousin. She said she grew up down the street from Beach's family in the small town of Poplar.

"Someone has to be held accountable," Lockman said. "If it's not Barry Beach, go to court and prove who it is."

Rumors swirled for years that Nees died in a fight among a gang of girls, and Beach was temporarily freed in 2011 when a retrial was ordered.

He was sent back to prison 18 months later. The Montana Supreme Court said in a 4-3 ruling that District Judge E. Wayne Phillips gave too much weight to testimony offered by new witnesses and failed to adequately consider forensic evidence that pointed to a single attacker.

Beach told reporters that having to turn himself back in was the worst experience of his life, and there was still "a lot of healing and a lot of tears" to come.

"I knew it was going to be here someday," he said of his release. "The good Lord in heaven has always assured me that I'd reach this point. I never dreamed it was going to take this long."

Members of Kimberly Nees' family said Friday that releasing Beach with so many questions unanswered was a mistake.

Lockman for years counted herself among those who believed in Beach's innocence. She said she became uncertain over the past two years and came to view him as "a con, a manipulator" who was willing to hurt others for his own benefit.

Beach confessed to killing Nees in 1983 after authorities in Louisiana picked him up for an unrelated crime. He later said the confession was coerced, and his long campaign for freedom drew support from hundreds, including Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, former Gov. Brian Schweitzer and former Republican U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns.

Under Friday's clemency order from Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, Beach will remain on probation for 10 years. Bullock noted Beach was only 17 at the time of Nees' death and exhibited good behavior in prison.

"Mr. Beach has demonstrated an extended period of good behavior both in and out of prison, and the reasons for maintaining his 100-year-without-parole sentence at taxpayer expense diminish with each passing year," Bullock wrote.

In his order, Bullock did not directly weigh in on whether Beach was innocent, and a spokesman said the governor would have no further comment on the issue.

Phillips, who has since retired from the bench, told The Associated Press on Friday he was pleased to see Beach finally free. Beach has proven he can handle life outside prison by staying employed and out of trouble when he was previously released, Phillips said.

"Even assuming that he was guilty, he's shown himself to be reformed. Isn't that the goal of the American justice system?" Phillips said.

The governor last year asked the state parole board to consider whether Beach served enough time in prison. State officials rejected Beach's request for clemency on four occasions. Last month, after receiving a fifth request, the parole board forwarded the matter to Bullock.

A new state law — inspired in large part by Beach's case — gives Montana's governor the final decision in clemency requests instead of the parole board.

During his time on the outside, Beach worked at the Clocktower Inn in Billings, Montana's largest city.

His mother, Bobbi Clincher, said Friday the hotel's owner had told her the job was still available for Beach, and she expected he would resume working there soon. Beach said his home in Billings is exactly how he left it, thanks to anonymous supporters.

"It's been a long haul. It really has," Clincher said. "He probably would like to take a little bit of time off, but there's the reality that he has to support himself."


Saturday, November 21st 2015
Montana Neighbor Award Nominations Sought
Governor Steve Bullock, along with a group of Montana-based organizations, is seeking nominations for the "Montana Neighbor Awards".

The awards give recognition to landowners who work collaboratively with their neighbors to enhance Montana's sense of community.

The group is seeking nominations of landowners from across Montana. Winners will receive specially printed and framed Montana Neighbor Award certificates signed by Gov. Bullock and awards committee members.

The Montana Neighbor group includes Artemis Common Ground, The Nature Conservancy of Montana, Montana Council of Trout Unlimited, Montana Association of Land Trusts, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and the Office of the Governor.

"It's no secret that land ownership in Montana has been in transition," said Chris King, Winnett rancher and member of the Montana Neighbor Awards Committee. "There is tension out there between landowners, public resource agencies, and sportsmen. Those situations get press. But the fact is there are many new and long-time landowners who are great neighbors in the Montana tradition. We want to give them recognition."

Award criteria include cooperation, neighborly land access, land stewardship and conservation ethic, and community leadership.

Nomination forms can be obtained from any office of the participating organizations and from FWP regional offices.

Send nominations to: Montana Neighbor Awards, C/O Jennifer Bond; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701; or email to: jebond@mt.gov, or to Brian.Kahn@earthlink.net.

Saturday, November 21st 2015
Lower Portion of Beaver Creek in Hill County Now Open
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is reopening approximately 25 miles of lower Beaver Creek to both fishing and bait collection. Closure of the creek had taken place from Sept. 1- Nov. 15 as a result of planned dam repairs on Beaver Creek Dam being conducted by Hill County.

The repairs required that water flow to Beaver Creek below the dam be shut off for the duration of the project. A small amount of water was siphoned around the work and into the creek. The closure was in effect downstream from the dam on Beaver Creek Lake to the mouth of Beaver Creek on the Milk River near Havre.

Friday, November 20th 2015
Governor Bullock Commutes Barry Beach’s Sentence
Helena, MT –Governor Steve Bullock today issued an Executive Order commuting the criminal sentence of Barry Beach. The order directs Beach’s sentence to time served, with an additional 10 years that shall be suspended. Additional requirements contained within the order direct Beach to serve the suspended portion of the sentence on probation under the supervision of the Department of Corrections.

Bullock’s executive order can be found at:

Wednesday, November 18th 2015
Man Who Escaped From Authorities In Havre On Tuesday Now Incarcerated In Glasgow
Havre schools and other public buildings were placed on lockdown after 29-year-old Gabriel Arkinson escaped early Tuesday afternoon. He was handcuffed and shackled and was wearing a green jumpsuit and orange flip-flops when he jumped out of the transport van.

The Havre Daily News reports Arkinson was apprehended about 90 minutes later in a building that holds the Social Security office and a local pharmacy.

Officers say Arkinson was being held on charges of attempted deliberate homicide, attempted aggravated assault, assault on a peace officer, criminal endangerment and a previous escape charge. Officials did not immediately say what led to the attempted homicide charge.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 News that Arkinson is now detained in Valley County Detention Center. After Arkinson was apprehended on Tuesday he was brought to Glasgow to be incarcerated. Sheriff Meier said the Valley County Detention Center is a secure facility and extra steps have been taken to make sure Arkinson doesn't escape from the Glasgow facility.

Tuesday, November 17th 2015
Governor Bullock Orders All Flags In Montana To Be Flown At Half Staff In Respect For Victims Of Paris Terrorist Attack

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 Monday, November 16th, 2015 until sunset on Thursday, November 19th, 2015, in respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated in Paris, France on November 13th, 2015.

Dated this 16th day of November, 2015.


Monday, November 16th 2015
FWP Seeking Comment on Draft EA for Sage Grouse Translocation
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) have developed a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed action of translocating up to 40 sage grouse biennially between 2016 – 2020, from Montana to Alberta, totaling up to 120 sage grouse over the five-year period.

In Canada sage grouse are classified as an endangered species, and Canadian wildlife officials say sage grouse numbers in southeastern Alberta have declined about 80 percent since 1970. The proposed translocation is intended to counter further population losses or extirpation of the Alberta sub-population in an area where habitat conditions are improving due to habitat restoration efforts and decreasing oil and gas activity in the area.

According to FWP Region 6 Supervisor Mark Sullivan, the Montana sage grouse would be captured in various locations in southern Phillips and Valley counties and then moved to suitable silver sage brush habitat in southeast Alberta where the native birds are still found.

AEP is requesting up to 40 sage grouse per year from Montana in 2016, 2018 and 2020 to be translocated.. All captured and released birds would be fitted with GPS radios, allowing Canadian biologists to follow the birds and determine their survival and reproductive success.

This translocation proposal follows the same framework as translocations from Montana to Alberta in 2011 and 2012. During these years, 41 sage grouse (38 females and 3 males) were captured in southern Phillips and Valley counties and released on active leks in Alberta. These birds provided a substantial contribution to the Alberta population, and the AEP believes that these initial translocations staved off the possible extirpation of sage grouse.

In 2015, during lek monitoring, Alberta recorded the first significant increase in the resident sage grouse population in approximately 20 years. The initial translocation also provided abundant information to direct management practices to increase the resident population and to ensure greater success from subsequent translocations.

Sullivan said the Canadian birds are often closely associated with the northern Montana sage grouse. Sullivan added that information gained from this action would also be useful in other areas where translocation may be considered.

Surveys show 202 known sage grouse leks just in FWP Region 6 alone, with 142 leks occurring in southern Phillips and Valley counties. Sage grouse populations are monitored by counting male sage grouse on leks. There has been an average of 20.2 male sage grouse observed per lek over the past 5 years. Additionally, 16 sage grouse leks have been routinely monitored the last ten years and average 36 males per lek.

“Sage grouse numbers in northern Montana have been stable in core habitats, and we are confident that the proposed translocation of these birds to Alberta will not harm the population here,” Sullivan said. Based on minimum sage grouse population estimates in northern Montana, the proposed translocation would remove less than 1 percent of the spring sage grouse population.

The Draft EA was released for public review and comment on November 12. The comment period will remain open until Dec. 11. The commission would take final action on this proposal at its Jan. 14, 2016 meeting.
The Draft EA will be available online at: fwp.mt.gov . Go to “Submit Public Comments” on the right side of the home page, go to “Fish and Wildlife”, and find the link “Species Removal and Relocation”. Printed versions of the document can be obtained by contacting the Region 6 office at (406) 228-3700. Written comments can be mailed to: Sage Grouse Comments, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 1 Airport Road, Glasgow, MT 59230, or emailed to katsmith@mt.gov.

Friday, November 13th 2015
Wolf Point Man Arrested And Charged With Drug Offenses
A Wolf Point man was arrested on Wednesday evening and charged with 3 drug offenses. Steven Tollefson was arrested by law enforcement authorities outside of Nashua on Highway #2 on Wednesday evening as the result of a investigation by the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force and the Valley County Sheriff's Office.

Tollefson was charged with possession with intent to sell/distribute methamphetamine, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was cited for 2 misdemeanor traffic offenses.

Tollefson also could lose his vehicle since he was using his vehicle to allegedly sell or distribute methamphetamine. The Valley County Sheriff's Office could take possession of his vehicle if found guilty on the drug charges.

The Montana Highway Patrol used their drug sniffing dog for this incident according to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier.

Thursday, November 12th 2015
Glasgow Kiwanis Club Kicks Off Annual Peanut Fundraiser
Over 20 Glasgow Kiwanis Club members along with Glasgow High School Key Club members and clients with Milk River Activity Center spent their noon hour on Wednesday packing peanuts for the annual peanut fundraiser.

The Glasgow Kiwanis Club uses the fundraiser to support youth activities in the community.

If you are interested in purchasing delicious peanuts contact any Kiwanis Club member.

Wednesday, November 11th 2015
Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Update
(Press Release)
It has been a privilege to watch the progress as the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial takes shape in Fort Peck. This summer, with the help of some heavy equipment, cleared and leveled ground gave way to the 38-foot high main monument, 10 walls of honor, pathways, and bases for sculptures. The dedication on 29 May 2016, (the Sunday before Memorial Day), will fulfill five years of planning and work by scores of Northeast Montana volunteers.

On that day next May, nearly 900 black granite tiles carrying the names of veterans and their branch of service should be placed on the Walls of Honor. The American flag, state of Montana, POW flags, and one for each branch of service will surround the main monument. An entry sign will lead visitors to an entry kiosk topped with a freedom eagle sculpture. Beginning landscaping of sod, trees, and shrubs should be in place.

All the bills are paid, no money is owed, and the budget is on target and expected to stay that way through all of Phase #1.

When the Memorial is dedicated, will it be fully functional? Yes. Will it be complete? No. There are still goals to be met to fully complete the site. Under consideration are KIA and MIA vigil areas, a water feature, and additional sculptures. A Wall of Honor directory and a Taps bugler sculpture created by Pamela Harr and Harvey Rattey are in future plans.

We sincerely hope the friends of this memorial will keep this project in mind when planning Holiday giving. Wall of Honor tiles make a perfect holiday gift for a veteran. We have room for 2,800 more tiles on existing Walls. Applications are available on line and at most area banks. All veterans from all branches of service, including National Guard and Reserves, can be honored on the Wall. Any veteran who is important to a NE Montana resident can be included on the Wall regardless of where they live. A qualified Veteran is anyone who has served at least 6 months and has been honorably discharged.

We should also note that benches, tables, flags, and signs are available for sponsorship and are appropriate donations for individuals and organizations. Donations are still extremely important
and especially welcome.

Despite the loss of some of our veterans, the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial preserves a loving memory, showing the highest respect and honor for the sacrifices of all veterans. It forever preserves our appreciation, and gives appropriate honor to their service.

It has been our goal to work on behalf of all veterans, and to do this memorial right.
Our intention is also to provide this memorial as an educational resource for future generations.
Steve Page and Tom Markle, Co-Chairs 

Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial
Update Fall, 2015

• The Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc. was incorporated in 2013, after two years of extensive background work for one purpose:
To promote, develop and fund, design, build and maintain
a world class veterans memorial for nine Northeast Montana Counties.
• It is located in the center of Fort Peck on land the Town of Fort Peck transferred to the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial by permanent easement.
• Construction began on phase #1 of the Memorial in May 2015. Phase #1 includes all preliminary surveys, soil tests, architecture, design and construction engineering, entries and flat work, the main monument, entry sign, flagpoles, vigil area foundations, basic electric, irrigation, sod, trees, shrubs, an eagle sculpture on an entry kiosk and 10 Walls of Honor.
• LSC Contractors of Fort Peck is building the Memorial and the Fort Peck office of Interstate Engineering provided the engineering, with professional input from Norval Electric, G&D Electric, Mike Kaiser Associates, and Fossum Ready Mix. Aakres of Green Grass and Mogan Lawn Service plan to irrigate and sod the site, weather permitting. DBA Architects of Minneapolis created the design.
• Volunteers have planned and directed the project. There are no hired employees.
• To date individual, organization, professional and business donations have funded the project through the sale of Wall of Honor tiles, raffles, and general fundraisers. Grant applications are pending. There has been no budgeted government funding.
• The By Laws establishing up to a nine-member Board of Directors were approved in 2012. We are encouraging Board of Director applications at this time. Board members may reside in any northeast Montana county.
• The Memorial is a qualified 501(c)19, as a non-profit for tax- deductible contributions.
• The Montana Legislature passed HB 0578 in the 2015 session requiring that the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park in Fort Peck be designated on official Montana State Maps.
• With the exception of landscaping, work was completed on Phase #1 in November of 2015.
• The Memorial will be dedicated on the day before Memorial Day, 2016.

Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial

PO Box 202 406-228-2223
Glasgow, Montana 59230 http://www.veteransmt.org

Tuesday, November 10th 2015
Job Service Employer's Committee Looking For Scholarship Donations
The Glasgow Job Service Employer's Committee is looking for donations for scholarships for area students.

Their goal is to raise at least $1,000 - which would directly fund 2 or 3 scholarships. According to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry report to the Governor, a more educated work force will be needed in the next ten years.

If you would like to join them in supporting area students, contributions may be sent to:

Glasgow JSEC, c/o Sue Dalbey, 74 4th Street North, Glasgow, Montana 59230.

All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be issued upon request. If you have any questions you may call 228-2476.

Tuesday, November 10th 2015
Speech & Drama Teams Open Season
(From Matthew Bacon, Speech & Drama Coach)
Last weekend Glasgow Speech and Drama attended the 2nd annual Eastern Montana Kickoff Speech and Drama Meet at West High School in Billings. It as a massive meet with over 500 - all class competitors from all over eastern Montana. It served as a great motivator to get our participants fired up and going for the season. It also served as a powerful learning experience for our new competitors. All of our kids saw extremely solid competitions and got better each round.

We had particularly exceptional performances from Seniors Amber O'mara making the final round in Humorous Oral Interpretation against a massive field, Mariah Holter, with a solid 5th place finish in a talent field of Mimes, and Morgan Miller with a dramatic first place finish in Serious Solo Drama.

As a coach I am excited to see how this years talented team will develop throughout the season.

Monday, November 9th 2015
Head Lice Info
Head lice is a common community problem. An estimated 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States, most commonly among children ages 3 to 11, so you are not alone.

Head lice are not dangerous. They do not transmit disease, but they do spread easily. It is important to talk to your family physician or pediatrician to get appropriate care. A few things to consider include:

• All household members and other close contacts should be checked, and those with evidence of an active infestation should also be treated at the same time.
• There are a number of available treatments, including new prescription treatment options that are safe and do not require combing out nits from your child’s hair.
• Resistance to some over-the-counter head lice treatments has been reported. The prevalence of resistance is not known.
• There is no scientific evidence that home remedies are effective treatments.
• Family bed linens and recently used clothes, hats and towels should be washed in very hot water.
• Personal articles such as combs, brushes and hair clips should also be washed in hot water if they are in contact with a person with head lice.

Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live close to the human scalp. They feed on human blood. The eggs, also called nits, are tiny, tear-drop shaped eggs that attach to the hair shaft. They are often found around the nape of the neck or the ears. Nits may appear yellowish or white and can look similar to dandruff. But, unlike dandruff, they can be difficult to remove. Nymphs, or baby lice, are smaller and grow to adult size in one to two weeks. Adult lice are the size of a sesame seed and tan to grayish-white.

As you and your family deal with this uncomfortable but common issue, keep in mind that head lice infestations are not related to cleanliness. In fact, head lice often infest people with good hygiene and grooming habits. Infestations can occur at home, school or in the community. Head lice are mostly spread by direct head-to-head contact—for example, during play at home or school, slumber parties, sports activities or camp. Less often, head lice are spread via objects that have been in recent contact with a person with head lice, such as hats, scarves, hair combs, brushes, etc.

If you have any additional questions, please call the Valley County Health Department at 406-228-6261.

Friday, November 6th 2015
FWP Seeking Members for Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking applicants to fill four volunteer positions on the Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC).

The CAC is a general advisory committee that provides input and guidance to FWP on a variety of issues—from wildlife and fisheries management to access, state parks, outdoor recreation and law enforcement. The committee is designed to have a membership that represents a variety of northeast Montana communities and natural resource interests.

Applicants must live in FWP Region 6, which includes the counties of Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan, Roosevelt, and portions of McCone, Richland and Choteau Counties. FWP welcomes applications from hunters, anglers, nongame advocates, trappers, boaters, outfitters and guides, state parks and tourism advocates, campers

and other outdoor recreationists, and anyone with an interest in natural resource issues.
The panel of volunteers typically has three meetings a year, usually at the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery. Members can serve for up to two consecutive, three-year terms. Meals and travel expenses are provided.

The function of the CAC is to:
· Provide a forum for ongoing two-way communication with our neighbors and communities;
· Help FWP identify emerging issues;
· Provide advice and perspective on important resource and management issues;
· Assist FWP with crafting local, sustainable solutions on regional and statewide issues.

Applicants will be asked to provide an overview of their interests and involvement in natural resource issues and write a few sentences on why they are interested in serving on the CAC.

To apply, contact FWP at 406-228-3704, email Marc Kloker at mkloker@mt.gov, or stop by the Region 6 office at 54078 U.S. Highway 2 West in Glasgow. Completed applications must be received by December 1, 2015. FWP personnel will then review applications and select the new members. Successful applicants will be invited to attend their first CAC meeting in January, 2016.

Friday, November 6th 2015
911 Mapping System Is Down
The power outage on Nov. 3rd completely disabled the mapping system that Valley County uses for its 911 emergency system.

Until a new mapping system is installed, when a resident of Valley County calls 911 they need to explain the emergency & if possible give their location as dispatchers using the 911 system are unable to locate the caller by using the call.

So please, if you have an emergency & use 911 you need to give your location to assist with emergency personnel in locating the emergency.

The 911 number still works but the mapping system associated with it does not.

Friday, November 6th 2015
17th Annual Remembrance Tree To Support Block Of Bucks
The Student Council at Glasgow High School is sponsoring their annual Remembrance Tree program to remember our loved ones that have passed on. A tree filled with lights to commemorate those loved ones will be on display throughout the holiday season in front of the Pioneer Museum. To include your loved ones, contact any High School Student Council member or adviser, or the high school office at 228-2485.

Also, if you would like to purchase a bulb to recognize the men and women serving in our armed forces and stationed around the world, you may do that as well.

Bulbs may be obtained by November 27th for a $5.00 donation. A lighting ceremony for the Remembrance Trees is scheduled for Sunday, November 29th, at 4:00 p.m. The tree will be lit daily from November 29 to December 31. The community is invited to attend the initial lighting ceremony at the Pioneer Museum (refreshments will be served).

Proceeds from the Remembrance Trees will be donated to the Block of Bucks. Through your generosity, over $23,500 has been donated to the Block of Bucks program from your generous support of the Remembrance Tree program.
Friday, November 6th 2015
Montana Chamber Laments Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Denial
Helena, MT: Today, the President ended a seven-year saga and at the same snubbed Montana's economy when he denied TransCanada Corporation its permit to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline. The President asserted that Keystone XL would make "no meaningful long-term contribution to the economy."

According to the U.S. Chamber 21st Century Energy Institute (Institute), Construction of the KXL pipeline would have contributed $3.4 billion to U.S. GDP and supported 42,100 new American jobs. It would have generated $3.1 billion in revenue for American companies. $66 million in sales and use tax revenue would have been generated during the course of KXL pipeline construction. The pipeline would have generated a total of $55.6 million in property tax revenue, spread over 27 counties in several states. About 830,000 barrels of crude oil would have been transported daily to Gulf Coast refineries, reducing dependence on oil imports.

The Institute also found that the 285 miles of pipeline that would have been constructed in Montana would have generated $767 million of economic activity for our state, including 3,700 jobs and $127.2 million in earnings. Gross State Product would have expanded by $212.2 million and, during its first year of operation, the pipeline would have generated an estimated $26 million in state property taxes. Pipeline construction camps in Montana would have generated an additional $2.1 million in state property taxes during the two year construction period. The Bakken Marketlink project in Montana would have created 200 jobs and generated $10.3 million in earnings within the state.

The President clearly chose politics over policy and ignored strong support for the project from Montana voters. According to the Montana Chamber's 2013 Power-Base Voter Survey, 63% believed that the pipeline would create jobs and tax revenue versus 26% that believed that it would pose environmental risks.

Montanans are not going to forget the message that the Obama Administration sent today.
Thursday, November 5th 2015
2015 Block of Bucks Kick Off
The Glasgow Soroptimists along with Pacific Steel and Recycling and the Glasgow High School Student Council announce the annual Block of Bucks collection day on December 4, 2015.

The annual program provides clothing for Valley County children from infant to 12 years of age. Parents may sign up at the Office of Public Assistance, located at 630 Second Ave S., Glasgow. Sign up begins on Monday, Nov. 2 and continues through Monday, November 30.

Parents must sign up in person. Calls will not be accepted. No applications will be accepted after Monday, November 30. Applications MUST be picked up at the Office of Public Assistance and returned to that office. There will be no other location where forms may be picked up or turned in.

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

Volunteers are needed to help families shop on Saturday, December 5th. Please call Mary Armstrong at 253-350-2070 if you are willing to help, or if you have any questions.

Thursday, November 5th 2015
Bull Elk Left to Waste in Southern Phillips County, Wardens Seeking Information
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Wardens are seeking information on a wasted bull elk, likely shot early in the week of October 25, in southern Phillips County.

On Nov. 1, Warden Todd Tryan said a caller reported seeing a dead 6X6 bull elk that had been field dressed and left. The elk was located near the upper end of Plum Coulee Trail on private property in hunting district 622.
Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call Warden Todd Tryan at 406-263-0067, Warden Ben Morin at 406-654-7630, or FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

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

This information and more can be found on our website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov/regions/r6/, or on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MontanaFWP.R6.

Thursday, November 5th 2015
Upcoming reconstruction of Highway 117 from MP 0.0 to MP 11.2
Please be advised the Riverside Contracting plans on commencing construction activities on the MDT, Fort Peck - NW Project on November 2, 2015. Our anticipated work sequence is as follows:

Work this fall will be limited to wetland establishment and grading/pipe work from MP 7.0 to MP 10.0 +/- adjacent to the existing roadway. This work will continue for the month of November and possibly into the first weeks of December depending on weather. Work will generally consist of establishing the new alignment section of the project.

After winter shutdown, it is anticipated that work will begin next year around March 1, with grading and pipe activities.

At that time, sections of the existing pavement will be removed to prepare it for the new section. Work will continue throughout the spring and summer months with an anticipated paving date of around the first week of August 2016.

Please use alternate routes if possible and obey all construction signs and flaggers. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 1-800-230-9848, leave a message, and we will make every attempt to address your concerns within 24 hours.

Thank you, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we attempt to complete this project in an expeditious manner.

Riverside Contracting, Inc.

Thursday, November 5th 2015
CRP Grasslands Sign-Up Deadline
The deadline for CRP Grassland sign-up is November 20, 2015. Farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to help conserve working grasslands, rangeland and pastureland while maintaining the areas as livestock grazing lands.

The Grassland Rental Rate for all counties in Montana is $15 per acres. Cost share assistance is available for up to 50% of the covers and other practices.

FSA will accept applications on an ongoing basis beginning Sept. 1, 2015, with those applications scored nationally and approved on the competitiveness of the offer. The end of the first ranking period will be Nov. 20, 2015.

Please contact the Valley County FSA Office at 228-4321 ext. 2 to set up an appointment or stop by the office as soon as possible if you are interested in enrolling in CRP Grasslands.

Thursday, November 5th 2015
Montana’s Missouri River Country Cooperative Marketing Funds
Missouri River Country has Cooperative Marketing funds available for communities in Northeast Montana, designed to promote an area or event on a cooperative basis with a nonprofit tourism-related organization. The intent of this program is to encourage the development of new or expanded marketing projects outside the local community, thereby increasing the tourism travel to the region and extending the traveler’s stay in Missouri River Country.

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

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

For an application and guidelines, please visit our website at 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.

Tuesday, November 3rd 2015
Municipal Election Results!
Municipal Election Results:

Town of Fort Peck:

Mayor- John Jones- 88 votes

Town Council: Schaaf and Holte are running for two 4-year terms and Sullivan for a 2-year term.
Justin Schaaf-71 votes
Kirsten Marie Holte-80 votes
Mark Sullivan-90 votes

Town of Nashua:

Town Council- Two 3-year terms are available:
Robert Zeluff-32 votes
Michael Lee Stingley-60 votes
Judy Boyum-66 votes

Town of Opheim:

Town Council:

Ward #1- Michael Roberton- 13 votes
Ward #2- Les Redfield- 16 votes

City of Glasgow:

City Council:

Ward#1- Nanci Schoenfelder- 237 votes

Ward #2-
Doug Nistler- 88 votes
Butch Heitman- 115 votes

Ward #3- Rod Karst- 258 votes

North Valley County Water and Sewer District:
Board of Directors. Top 2 win election.

Charles K. Daniels- 38 votes
Rebbecca M. Daniels- 38 votes
Roger A Davis Sr- 51 votes
Leon H. Pearce- 60 votes

Tuesday, November 3rd 2015
TransCanada asks US to suspend pipeline application review
TORONTO (AP) — TransCanada, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S Gulf Coast, has asked the U.S. State Department to pause its review of the project.

TransCanada said Monday it had sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting that the State Department suspend its review of the pipeline application. The pipeline company said such a suspension would be appropriate while it works with Nebraska authorities for approval of its preferred route through the state that is facing legal challenges in state courts.

The move comes as the Obama administration was widely expected to reject the application.

“We have just received TransCanada’s letter to Secretary Kerry and are reviewing it. In the meantime, consideration under the Executive Order continues,” State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said.

The White House declined to comment, referring all questions to the State Department.

The State Department review is mandated as part of the application process because the pipeline crosses an international border. The State Department does not have to grant TransCanada’s request for a pause in the review process and instead can continue the review process.

Ahead of TransCanada’s announcement Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said President Barack Obama intended to make a decision on the pipeline before his presidency ends in January 2017, although he declined to elaborate on the timeline. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her main challengers for the Democratic nomination are already on record as opposing it. All of the leading Republican presidential candidates support the pipeline.

Some pipeline opponents contend that TransCanada hopes to delay the review process in hopes that a more sympathetic Republican administration will move into the White House in 2017.

“In defeat, TransCanada is asking for extra time from the referees, and clearly hoping they’ll get a new head official after the election. It’s time for the current umpire, President Obama, to reject this project once and for all,” said environmental activist Bill McKibben, co-founder of the group 350.org.

For seven years, the fate of the 1,179-mile long pipeline has languished amid debates over climate change, the intensive process of extracting Alberta’s oil and U.S. energy security. In Montana, the pipeline would have crossed 281 miles of farmland in Phillips, Valley, McCone, Dawson and Fallon counties.

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., expressed his disappointment following TransCanada’s decision.

“The Obama administration has waged a full on assault on American energy independence that has resulted in TransCanada’s decision to suspend its application to build the commonsense Keystone XL pipeline,” he said in a release. “This pipeline would have created new opportunities for good-paying jobs, helped advance American energy independence and lowered American energy prices. While this suspension is bad news, it is not the end of the line – I will keep fighting for this shovel-ready project that has the overwhelming bipartisan approval of Congress as well as the support of the American people.”

Critics oppose the concept of tapping the Alberta oil sands, saying it requires huge amounts of energy and water and increases greenhouse gas emissions. They also express concern that pipeline leaks could potentially pollute underground aquifers that are a critical source of water to farmers on the Great Plains.

Jane Kleeb, executive director of the group Bold Nebraska, which opposes the pipeline project, said, “The route in Nebraska has been uncertain for years, the only difference now is TransCanada knows they are about to have their permit rejected so they are scrambling. President Obama can end all of this uncertainty with a stroke of a pen. It is time to reject and give farmers, ranchers and Tribal Nations peace of mind that their land and water is protected from this risky pipeline.”

Cell phone and email messages were left with the spokesman for Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, but there was no immediate response.

Pipeline supporters maintain it will create jobs and boost energy independence. They also say pipelines are a safer method of transporting oil than trains, pointing to recent cases of oil train derailments.

North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, a Republican, said it was “unfortunate” that TransCanada “has been forced to delay the project further.”

He said it’s “clear” that Obama intends to deny the pipeline permit, which he claimed would have “a chilling effect on the willingness of other companies to invest in important energy infrastructure projects in the United States.”

Delays in approving the pipeline have caused friction between the U.S. and the outgoing Canadian Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Harper was frustrated by Obama’s reluctance to approve the pipeline and the issues damaged U.S-Canada relations Although incoming Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is sworn in Wednesday, supports Keystone, he argues relations with the U.S. should not hinge on the project.

Canada needs infrastructure in place to export its growing oil sands production. Canada relies on the U.S. for 97 percent of its energy exports. Alberta has the world’s third largest oil reserves, with 170 billion barrels of proven reserves.

However, the Keystone pipeline is now economically less viable at a time of plunging oil prices.

Tuesday, November 3rd 2015
It's 'the 406' until at least 2022
HELENA — It’s going be just “the 406” for at least another seven years.

The Public Service Commission announced Monday that action it took has extended the life of Montana’s only area code until 2022.

PSC officials said the Federal Communications Commission made the announcement on Oct. 27, making Montana one of 12 remaining states with a single area code.

The original estimate by the FCC in 2013 predicted exhaustion of the 406 area code by 2019. PSC officials said they took action to delay that exhaustion forecast by requiring mandatory number pooling by phone service providers in the state.

With population increases and correlating phone number growth in the state, the exhaustion of the 406 area code eventually will force the state to adopt an additional three-digit area code.

The FCC requires planning for a new area code to begin three years in advance of the forecasted area code exhaustion date.

“We are very pleased to find out that our actions have kept the whole state of Montana ‘the 406’ for a while longer, and we are looking for any way possible to extend the exhaustion deadline out even further,” PSC Commissioner Roger Koopman, R-Bozeman, said in the news release, adding the single area code “is a matter of pride for many Montanans.”

Monday, November 2nd 2015
Amtrak Officials Inspect Accessibility Projects In Havre, Malta & Glasgow
A group led by Amtrak Senior Manager Rob Eaton will be at Amtrak stations in Montana, inspecting improvements to the stations to the stations that make them accessible and more convenient for all passengers.
WHERE: Havre Amtrak Station, 235 Main Street
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 2, at 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Malta Amtrak Station, 51 South 1st Street East
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Glasgow Amtrak Station, 424 1st Avenue South
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 1:00 p.m.

Amtrak officials are visiting communities in Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota to share information about the railroad’s ongoing project to bring facilities into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. While more work remains, Amtrak is striving to eliminate barriers on all routes including the daily Empire Builder, which provides a vital transportation link at 43 stations between Chicago and Seattle/Portland, including Havre, Malta and Glasgow. Most of those stops are at small communities far from Interstates 90 and 94, unserved by intercity buses and with only a few airports that provide scheduled service.

Amtrak will also update communities on restoration of reliability for the Empire Builder service, with positive trends in on-time performance helping to restore ridership. More than half of the trains arrived on-time or early at their terminals in the last 12 months, more than two-thirds of them did so in the last month, increasing customer satisfaction.

Monday, November 2nd 2015
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 Region 6. Although bear encounters are rare in most of Region 6, there are currently some bears present in the Little Rockies and the Bears Paw Mountains. In addition, bears are occasionally found wandering far from their traditional areas, and preventative measures should always be taken to prevent wildlife encounters.

FWP recently relocated a black bear that was rummaging through garbage cans at Camp Creek
campground, located just outside of Zortman. The BLM, who administers the Camp Creek campground, is removing the garbage cans and securing them in bear-proof trailers and buildings. They have also posted signs around the campground.

It is unlawful to intentionally, or to inadvertently, feed bears. When bears access garbage, 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 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, with the general deer and elk rifle season having opened on Oct. 24, 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 will also discourage 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: fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/livingWithWildlife/beBearAware/.

Friday, October 30th 2015
Governor Steve Bullock To Consider Clemency For Barry Beach
GREAT FALLS — The Montana Board of Pardons and Parole has sent Gov. Steve Bullock a clemency request by a man convicted of killing a high-school classmate in 1979.

The board forwarded Barry Beach's new request on Thursday after determining it was substantively similar to an application the board previously denied.

Beach attorney Peter Camiel says he is happy the board moved quickly and is looking forward to hearing from the governor.

A new law gives the governor the final decision in clemency requests instead of the parole board.

Beach was sentenced to 100 years in prison after being convicted of deliberate homicide in the beating death of 17-year-old Kim Nees in Poplar. He has steadfastly denied killing Nees, and his cause has been taken up by several current and former Montana politicians.

Wednesday, October 28th 2015
28 Year Old Great Falls Man Arrested With 1/2 Pound Of Suspected Methamphetamine
A 28 year old Great Falls man was arrested Saturday afternoon after one half pound of suspected methamphetamine was found in a vehicle he was driving.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 that Kody Tolliver was arrested after he was stopped by the Montana Highway Patrol Saturday morning west of Glasgow on Highway #2.

Tolliver was arrested after the MHP Trooper became suspicious when questioning after the stop. Law Enforcement authorities got a warrant and seized the vehicle.

1/2 pound of suspected meth was found in the vehicle with a estimated street value of $50,000 according to Sheriff Meier.

Tolliver was charged with 2 counts of felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs. He was also charged with a felony count of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and felony use of property to distribute dangerous drugs. He was also charged with 2 misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tolliver is incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

Tuesday, October 27th 2015
Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of 65 Grouse in Phillips County
Mernice P. Alkire (72) of Mesa, Ariz. was charged with violations involving unlawful possession of game birds, waste of game birds, and taking an over limit of game birds in Phillips County. Alkire was found with 65 sharp-tailed grouse in his possession.

FWP game wardens from Region 6 conducted a search warrant, revealing the over possession limit of grouse and waste of game bird violations. The legal possession limit for sharp-tails is 16.

“With such a gross over possession limit, many opportunities were taken away from the hunting public,” said Malta-area warden Ben Morin.

Alkire plead guilty to $605 in fines and $825 in restitution. He also lost his privileges to hunt and trap for 24 months in Montana and all 48 states that are members of the Interstate wildlife Violator Compact.

Bird hunters are reminded to look at current regulations for the daily and possession limits for the species they are hunting.

Hunters also must retain identification on game birds that are harvested while being transported, or until they have reached the permanent residence of the processor. For sharp-tailed grouse, sage grouse, mountain grouse, and Hungarian partridge, a wing must remain naturally attached. Pheasants must have one leg naturally attached for proper identification. This incident took place in early October 2015

See this and more at http://www.mt.fwp.gov, and follow FWP Region 6 on Facebook.

Monday, October 26th 2015
Mail Ballots For Municipal Elections Must Be Returned By 8pm November 3rd.
Mail ballots for Municipal Elections in municipalities in Valley County must be returned to the Election Administrator by 8pm on November 3rd.

Municipal Elections are being held in Fort Peck, Nashua, Opheim and Glasgow.

The only contested races are in Glasgow and Nashua.

In Glasgow, there is a contested race on the South Side of Glasgow in Ward #2. Doug Nistler and Butch Heitman are facing off against each other in a race to succeed Dan Durell who is retiring.

In Nashua, there is a 3 person race for 2 seats on the Nashua Town Council. Robert Zeluff, Michael Stingley and Judy Boyum are competing against each for the 2 seats on the Nashua Town Council.

There is also a contested race for the North Valley County Water and Sewer District. There are 4 candidates for 2 positions. The candidates include Charles K. Daniels, Rebbecca M. Daniels, Roger A. Davis Sr and Leon H. Pearce.

With just over a week before the election, turnout is at or below 50% in all municipalities.

Fort Peck has a 50% return of ballots.

Glasgow Ward #1 has a 30% return.

Glasgow Ward #2 has a return of 34%.

Glasgow Ward #3 has a return of 35%.

Nashua has a return of 50%

Opehim has a return of 45% in both wards.

North Valley County Water and Sewer District has a return of 34%.

Wednesday, October 21st 2015
Valley County Unemployment Rate Falls To Just 2.2%
HELENA – Montana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in September to 4.1 percent, a decline of 0.1 percentage points from the revised August estimate of 4.2 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged over the month at 5.1 percent.

“Montana’s economy continues to show strength as we head toward the end of the year,” Governor Steve Bullock said. “Over 10,000 jobs have been added over the last twelve months, and wages are outpacing the national average.”

“Montana’s unemployment rate has hovered around four percent for the last several months, which is considered an ideal level for unemployment,” said Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy. “Our economy continues to be strong, with rising wages and increasing opportunities for our workers and businesses.”

Both total employment and payroll employment levels showed little change over the month. Payroll employment indicated a 900 jobs loss over the month, with job losses in the construction industry. Construction employment has shown strength over the last year; this month’s data may just reflect a temporary decline from a few projects finishing before the winter months. Total employment estimates, which include agricultural and self-employed workers along with payroll workers, indicate a statistically insignificant loss of 353 jobs. Employment growth during 2015 remains quite strong, with a 2.1 percent increase in employment over the last year compared to the long-term average of about 1 percent.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) declined 0.2 percent in September on a seasonally adjusted basis, marking two straight months of price declines. The energy index fell 4.7 percent, with gasoline falling sharply. The index for all items less food and energy (also called core inflation) rose 0.2 percent in September.

The unemployment rate and ranking for each of Montana’s 56 counties is provided below for your convenience. County unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted and should be compared to the unadjusted statewide unemployment rate of 3.3 percent.

Unemployment Rate Employment
Rank County Current Unemployment Rate Change over Year Current Employment Job Change from Last Year
1 McCone 1.7 -0.4 1,067 -30
2 Fallon 1.9 0.1 2,087 23
2 Sheridan 1.9 -0.5 2,051 18
4 Garfield 2.0 -0.4 691 -50
5 Gallatin 2.2 -0.6 58,550 2,316
5 Valley 2.2 -0.5 4,340 121
7 Liberty 2.4 -0.7 927 -46
7 Sweet Grass 2.4 -0.7 1,767 -4
9 Custer 2.5 -0.4 6,344 13
10 Chouteau 2.6 -0.4 2,426 -81
10 Daniels 2.6 -0.7 893 -27
10 Judith Basin 2.6 -1.2 955 -20
10 Lewis and Clark 2.6 -0.6 34,564 547
14 Beaverhead 2.8 -0.4 4,716 -76
14 Madison 2.8 -0.9 3,870 -18
14 Richland 2.8 0.6 7,321 313
14 Yellowstone 2.8 -0.5 79,632 2,421
18 Dawson 2.9 0.3 4,835 90
18 Fergus 2.9 -0.6 5,482 -86
18 Powder River 2.9 0.1 1,020 -22
21 Missoula 3.0 -0.7 59,958 1,627
22 Carbon 3.1 -0.4 5,360 93
22 Carter 3.1 0.5 623 -43
22 Jefferson 3.1 -0.7 5,482 61
22 Phillips 3.1 -0.9 1,877 -68
22 Teton 3.1 0.0 2,799 -49
22 Toole 3.1 0.5 2,270 -25
28 Deer Lodge 3.3 -0.4 5,136 65
28 Meagher 3.3 -0.2 852 -14
28 Stillwater 3.3 -0.1 4,875 50
31 Prairie 3.4 -0.2 490 -16
32 Cascade 3.5 -0.2 36,777 57
32 Golden Valley 3.5 -0.2 387 -1
34 Hill 3.6 -1.3 7,327 -93
34 Park 3.6 -0.5 7,980 88
34 Silver Bow 3.6 -0.7 16,164 108
37 Blaine 3.7 -1.0 2,265 -75
38 Broadwater 3.8 -0.4 2,400 -1
38 Musselshell 3.8 0.3 2,323 29
38 Powell 3.8 -0.3 2,835 -17
41 Pondera 3.9 -0.5 2,645 -76
41 Wibaux 3.9 0.9 542 -6
43 Treasure 4.1 0.7 330 -14
44 Ravalli 4.2 -1.0 18,204 222
45 Flathead 4.4 -0.7 42,121 520
45 Lake 4.4 -0.5 11,922 64
47 Roosevelt 4.5 0.1 4,596 36
47 Wheatland 4.5 0.5 724 -48
49 Rosebud 5.1 -0.1 3,806 -95
50 Big Horn 5.2 -2.9 5,224 35
51 Granite 5.4 0.2 1,525 41
52 Petroleum 5.7 2.4 282 -8
53 Mineral 5.8 -1.7 1,649 10
54 Glacier 6.7 -2.4 5,574 -74
55 Sanders 6.9 -0.2 4,350 -23
56 Lincoln 7.3 -1.1 7,279 -30

Monday, October 19th 2015
Glasgow Couple Wins $9000 Lottery Prize
HELENA – There were Good Vibrations in the air for Dawn Nelson when she made her husband Scott go to the Beach Boys concert in Billings. Dawn and Scott won a $9,000 prize with a Hot Lotto with Sizzler ticket purchase at the Holiday #286 at 785 South 20 Street West in Billings.

It took a little communication to get the winning news to Dawn. Scott and their son Coy were checking the numbers on the computer, and it looked like a winner. Coy said he got really excited, and went and told his Mom. Coy said Dad was pretty calm, "but he kept on walking back to the computer every two minutes to make sure the numbers matched." So Coy told Mom, and then the grandparents were called and informed of the good news.

The Nelson's don’t have any firm plans for their winnings, but they're getting used to the idea of having them. Dawn said they were going "to head back to Glasgow, but we might stop in Havre or Great Falls on the way home, and see what happens."

The Montana Lottery was created by referendum in 1986. Since then, it has paid over $497 million in prizes and returned approximately $224 million to the State of Montana.

Monday, October 19th 2015
Utility not allowed to hike rates to make up for reduced use
HELENA (AP) – The Public Service Commission has rescinded a policy that allowed NorthWestern Energy to increase natural gas and electricity rates to make up for reduced customer demand because of energy-efficiency programs.

The five-member panel voted unanimously Thursday to end the Lost Revenue Adjustment Mechanism, which Commissioner Roger Koopman called “one of the worst ideas policymakers have ever come up with.”

Commissioner Kirk Bushman said, “It just doesn’t make sense for public policy to allow an electric company to encourage their customers to save money on their monthly bill by conserving energy, and then turn around and increase electricity rates on everybody to recover that lost revenue.”

Ending the policy will reduce the amount NorthWestern collects from Montana customers by $12.7 million next year, PSC officials said.

The PSC approved the program in 2005 as a way for NorthWestern to recover reduced sales attributed to state-mandated energy-efficiency programs. At the time, the company mainly owned poles and wires and did not make a profit on energy sales, Commissioner Travis Kavulla said.

Things have changed since then and halting the program was necessary to ensure fair and reasonable electricity and gas rates, the commission said in its decision.

NorthWestern spokesman Butch Larcombe said the company plans to keep working with the commission to keep the energy-efficiency programs without financially damaging the utility.

“We’re still trying to get our arms around this and how to go forward,” he said. “We’re not going to turn our back on our energy-efficiency programs.”

NorthWestern now owns many more assets and reserves than it did a decade ago and wholesale electricity and natural gas prices are lower and more stable today, the PSC decision said.

NorthWestern also already fully recovers its energy-efficiency program costs, it said, a point that Larcombe disputed.

“We don’t feel like we are already covered for those costs,” Larcombe said.

Monday, October 19th 2015
Glasgow Man Wins $75,000 In Montana Lottery
HELENA – Friday has proved to be lucky for two Glasgow players as both winners have claimed prizes at Montana Lottery headquarters in Helena. Ballard Williams won the $75,000 top prize with a Frogger Scratch ticket purchased from the Agland Co-op at 300 U.S. Highway 2 in Wolf Point.

Ballard moved to Montana from Texas about 5 years ago, and he loves it in Glasgow. About his reaction when he found out he had won Ballard said, "I just wasn’t sure it was real for a little while." When he called his girlfriend in Texas and told her he'd won the top prize, she asked if he was kidding. Ballard said, "It took a little convincing, but she knows I won it now."

Ballard believes the win is real now. He has some plans for his winnings, but "Not before we have a little party tonight and tomorrow," he said.

Monday, October 19th 2015
Fall Acreage Reporting Deadline: Nov. 16
Producers with the following 2016 crops must report the crops no later than November 16, 2015 to avoid late-file fees: Perennial Forage, Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) including native grass, fall wheat (Hard Red Winter), and all other fall-seeded small grains.

These crops must be reported to FSA by Nov.16, 2015 to be considered timely filed.

Producers are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to file an accurate, timely crop certification report no later than Nov. 16.

Please call the office at 487-5366 x2 to make an appointment.

Wednesday, October 14th 2015
Community Cash Program Underway
Borrow up to $1,000.00 at these participating financial institutions:
First Community Bank, Glasgow
First Community Bank, Hinsdale
Valley Bank, Glasgow
Independence Bank, Glasgow
Equal Opportunity Lenders, Members’ FDIC

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

Fill out a loan application at one of the four participating financial institutions.

The loan is payable in 10 monthly installments. You pay NO INTEREST, only a $10 fee to cover a portion of the paperwork.

The script can be used until December 31st, 2015. Thereafter, you have until January 8, 2016 to turn in your unused script to the bank for full credit.

When your loan is approved, you will receive special Community Cash script which you can spend in any of the participating Community Cash businesses.

The last day to apply for Christmas cash is December 30, 2015.

Wells Fargo will accept Christmas Cash deposits from the MEMBER merchants.

Merchant MUST be a Chamber member to accept Community Cash Script.

5th Ave Pharmacy
AAA Glass
All Seasons Home Center
Alley’s Palace
Arch’s Tire & Service
Bakers Jewelry
Big Valley Water
Chappell’s Automotive
Cellular Plus/Verizon Wireless
Cottonwood Inn
D & G
Dale’s Plumbing & Heating
Durum Restaurant
Eugene’s Pizza
Ezzie’s Midtown
Ezzie’s Wholesale
Farm Equipment Sales
Glasgow Auto Safety Center
Glasgow Courier
Glasgow Flower & Gift
Glasgow Vet Clinic
Hi-Line Ford
Holly & Co.
Joan Burris– Tupperware
Killion’s Shoes & Things
Markle’s Ace Hardware
Markle’s Furniture
Mirror Image
Newton Motors
Nickel Bills Casino
Pacific Steel & Recycling
Pehlke's Furniture
Pizza Hut
Prewett Interiors
Probst Cleaning Service
Red Barn Gifts
Reynolds Market
Robyn’s Nest
Sam’s Supper Club
Scott’s Track & Wheel
Scotty Express Carwash
Sunnyside Golf Course
Taco Shack
Thompson & Sons
Town & Country Furniture
Treasure Trail Meat Processing
Valley Builders
Valley Cinemas
Westend Convenience
Western Drug

Wednesday, October 14th 2015
Youth Deer Hunt During Fall Break, General Opener Around the Corner
R6 Warden Todd Tryan's son Ted with his 1st deer, shot during the deer "Youth Hunt" days last year.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is reminding youngsters that a hunt for deer, limited to eligible hunters between the ages of 12–15, will take place this Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15–16, 2015. These dates coincide with Montana’s annual 2-day teachers’ convention, which are no-school days for most public school students.

The 2-day youth hunt is open to:

-Legally licensed 12-15 year olds who have completed hunter education and who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 18 years of age;
-Properly certified and legally licensed apprentice hunters 10-15 years of age who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult "mentor" at least 21 years of age.

FWP also wants to remind hunters that archery season for deer and elk ends on Sunday, Oct. 18. This will be followed by the 5-day "off week" for deer and elk before the general opener on Saturday, Oct. 24.

An exception to the “off week” in Region 6 is for those youth who hold a 621-00 or 631-01 Elk B license. These lucky permit holders can begin hunting their cow elk on Thursday, Oct. 22, through the rest of the general season.

Wednesday, October 14th 2015
Montana Rattlesnake Video Goes Viral
Afraid of snakes? Afraid of rattlesnakes? Maybe you shouldn't check out this video that a Montana man made as he was checking out a den of rattlesnakes. The video has gone viral across the world on YouTube and Facebook. The den of rattlesnakes is located near Grass Range, Montana.

Check it out!


Tuesday, October 13th 2015
Community Cash Program Kicks Off Today And Glasgow Chamber Will Pay Processing Fee Today Only
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is kicking off the 2015 holiday season with its Annual COMMUNITY Cash program.

COMMUNITY Cash Script (formally Christmas Cash) will be available beginning Tuesday October 13th, 2015, at First Community Bank in Glasgow/Hinsdale, Valley Bank, and Independence Bank. The purpose of the Community Cash program is to encourage people in our area to Shop Locally. Glasgow has a very good variety of quality products, services, and retail stores to choose from for your shopping needs.

The Chamber is once again trying a “kick-off”. As an incentive, the Chamber will pay the $10 processing fee for all loans written on October 13th, 2015. You are encouraged to stop by one of the participating banks beginning Monday October 5th, 2015 to pick up your application. These are no interest loans and there is a 10 month repayment period starting in January 2016. These loans can be used for lots of merchandise and services in our area and it’s not just for your Christmas shopping.

Individual shoppers may borrow up to $1,000.00 and married shoppers up to $2,000.00 on approved credit. The Community Cash can be used to purchase a variety of goods from toys, tires, gas, appliances, home furnishings or improvements, tools, groceries, clothing gift certificates or meals at the participating Merchants. You must be a Chamber member to accept the cash and participate in this program. You do not, however, need to be a Chamber member to borrow the Community Cash. The last day to purchase the cash is December 30th, 2015, the last day to use it is December 31st, 2015.

A list of all of the participating merchants and promotions is available now at the Chamber office, on the Chamber website, at participating banks and stores. In 2014, 62 business members participated in the program, 163 loans were issued for a total of $143,785.00 dollars spent locally.

The Chamber encourages residents to buy locally and use the Christmas program.

Tuesday, October 13th 2015
Northeast Montana Regional Law Enforcement Swat Team Called To Incident Near Dagmar
An incident near Dagmar resulted in the Northeast Montana Regional Law Enforcement Swat Team to be called into action last evening.

Sheridan County Sheriff Heidi Williamson told Kltz/Mix-93 News that 44 year old Gene Tufton had barricaded himself into his home and refused calls to leave the home. Deputies from Sheridan County and officers with Border Patrol were on the scene at the home when Sheriff Williamson called the Swat Team asking for their assistance.

The Northeast Montana Regional Law Enforcement Swat Team is comprised of members from several northeast Montana counties including Valley County.

The Swat Team was mobilized and was on the way to Dagmar when Tufton agreed to leave the house without incident.

Sheriff Williamson told Kltz/Mix-93 that Gene Tufton was under a court order to vacate the home and had violated conditions of his parole. She said that when he left the house he was not in possession of weapons but officials did find weapons in the house when it was searched.

Tufton is currently incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 News that several of his deputies are members of the Swat Team and were on the way to Dagmar to assist in the incident.

Tuesday, October 13th 2015
Dawson Community College Facing Budget Cuts Due To Declining Enrollment
BILLINGS (AP) — Dawson Community College is cutting faculty jobs and eliminating classes to deal with the budget cuts that come with decreased enrollment.

The two-year school in Glendive has the equivalent of 221 full-time students this fall, compared to 437 in the fall of 2006. The reduced enrollment is often blamed on the boom in job opportunities in the Bakken oil field.

The Billings Gazette reports interim President Vince Nix has cut six tenured instructors and half of the college’s 120 classes to address a $315,000 budget shortfall. He plans to add adjunct professors and offer online classes.

The school had mostly focused on students who lived on campus and planned to transfer to a four-year university, but Nix says that only accounted for about 20 percent of students.

The school is expanding its career and technical education.

Tuesday, October 13th 2015
Tax Filing Deadline Is October 15
For individuals still needing to file individual tax returns, the filing deadline is coming up this Thursday.

Returns need to be signed by noon on Thursday in order to meet the mail deadline.

Tuesday, October 13th 2015
Super Hero Day: Learn About Northeast Montana Relay For Life
Northeast Montana Relay For Life is holding a Super Hero Day on October 27th. It will be a day where you can learn about the Northeast Montana Relay For Life and what it does in the community.

Stop by Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27th, or Eugene's Pizza from 4:30-7 p.m. Eugene's will be offering $1 off any large pizza during that time.

You'll learn about Relay For Life, find out how it helps our local community and have chances to win prizes.

For more information, contact Andi at 406-373-8491 or e-mail andi.buckley@cancer.org.

Monday, October 12th 2015
Peak Wind Gusts From Sunday
330 AM MDT MON OCT 12 2015


COMERTOWN 6S 71 MPH 0439 PM 10/11 48.81N/104.25W
MALTA 35S 68 MPH 1100 AM 10/11 47.96N/108.31W
NAVAJO 1N 65 MPH 0637 PM 10/11 48.81N/105.06W
SIOUX PASS 65 MPH 0838 PM 10/11 47.92N/104.33W
GLASGOW AIRPORT (ASOS) 62 MPH 0728 PM 10/11 48.21N/106.62W
SCOBEY 1NW 59 MPH 0655 PM 10/11 48.81N/105.44W
BREDETTE 8WSW 59 MPH 0935 PM 10/11 48.43N/105.44W
WOLF POINT AIRPORT 59 MPH 0914 PM 10/11 48.09N/105.57W
DEVILS CREEK REC AREA 6ESE 59 MPH 1208 PM 10/11 47.56N/107.53W
HODGES 3NE/BEAVER HILL 58 MPH 1047 PM 10/11 47.02N/104.33W
SACO 1E 58 MPH 0548 PM 10/11 48.45N/107.30W
VIDA 9S/COW CREEK 57 MPH 0822 PM 10/11 47.69N/105.49W
POPLAR RAWS 57 MPH 0918 PM 10/11 48.13N/105.07W
THOENY 1WSW/BLUFF CREEK 56 MPH 0344 PM 10/11 48.87N/106.95W
PLENTYWOOD 3NE (NWS AIRPORT 56 MPH 0955 PM 10/11 48.82N/104.53W
KING COULEE 56 MPH 1244 PM 10/11 47.80N/107.02W
LANDUSKY 5W 56 MPH 1054 AM 10/11 47.92N/108.73W
LINDSAY 7WNW/LINDSAY DIVIDE 56 MPH 1107 AM 10/11 47.28N/105.29W
MOSBY 16ENE/LUFBOROUGH HILL 56 MPH 0152 PM 10/11 47.08N/107.57W
MANNING CORRAL DOGTOWN 54 MPH 1241 PM 10/11 47.70N/108.48W
SIDNEY AIRPORT 54 MPH 1115 PM 10/11 47.71N/104.19W
MOSBY 16.3NNE 52 MPH 0154 PM 10/11 47.22N/107.84W
GLENDIVE AIRPORT 52 MPH 1055 PM 10/11 47.14N/104.81W
JORDAN AIRPORT 52 MPH 0328 PM 10/11 47.33N/106.95W
WINNETT 16N/DRY BLOOD CREEK 51 MPH 0841 AM 10/11 47.24N/108.36W
WINNETT 51 MPH 1050 AM 10/11 47.01N/108.36W
MALTA 2W (SUPERAWOS AIRPORT) 51 MPH 0455 PM 10/11 48.37N/107.92W
MALTA 4E 50 MPH 0500 PM 10/11 48.37N/107.78W
CULBERTSON 49 MPH 0805 PM 10/11 48.14N/104.50W
ZORTMAN 1W 48 MPH 0316 PM 10/11 47.92N/108.55W
GLENDIVE 6SW 48 MPH 1029 PM 10/11 47.04N/104.80W
SAVAGE 3.4N 48 MPH 1033 PM 10/11 47.50N/104.33W
HOYT 4NE 46 MPH 0200 PM 10/11 46.99N/104.80W
CALYPSO 3SSW 46 MPH 0440 PM 10/11 46.73N/105.44W
MCCLOUD 13WNW/BIG SHEEP MTN 46 MPH 0508 PM 10/11 47.03N/105.80W
OSWEGO 4N 45 MPH 0723 PM 10/11 48.11N/105.89W
MALTA (NWS AIRPORT OB) 45 MPH 0650 PM 10/11 48.35N/107.88W
BREDETTE 4W 44 MPH 0821 PM 10/11 48.52N/105.38W
GLASGOW 1E 43 MPH 0915 PM 10/11 48.19N/106.61W
TERRY 1SE 40 MPH 0115 PM 10/11 46.78N/105.30W
WELDON 4W 40 MPH 0517 PM 10/11 47.60N/105.97W
OPHEIM 40 MPH 0557 PM 10/11 48.86N/106.41W
GLASGOW 3SSE 40 MPH 0800 PM 10/11 48.14N/106.61W
DUCK CREEK FISHING 39 MPH 0615 PM 10/11 47.99N/106.50W
FROID 39 MPH 0750 PM 10/11 48.33N/104.49W
THE PINES REC AREA 39 MPH 0655 PM 10/11 47.84N/106.64W
HOYT 16ESE/PINE HILL 39 MPH 1224 PM 10/11 46.78N/104.58W
OPHEIM 38 MPH 0655 PM 10/11 48.85N/106.41W


Monday, October 12th 2015
Miss Montana To Visit The Hi-Line
Miss Montana Danielle Wineman returned from the 95th Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey September 15 and has been making appearances in Montana schools sharing her anti-bullying message, “Act on Compassion” and entertaining the students with her piano talent.

Oct 12 and 13 Miss Montana will be in Opheim, Nashua, Saco, Malta and Whitewater. October 19 Miss Montana will be in Glasgow schools, Oct. 20 Havre schools, Oct 21 Dodson, Zurich, Cleveland and Chinook, Thursday the 22 Danielle Wineman will visit aďitional Chinook Schools, Gilford Rudyard and Chester. Friday the 23rd she will be in Shelby and Sunburst. Check with the various school administration to see if the public can attend .

Danielle Wineman of Cut Bank, a 23 year old theatre arts graduate of Stephens College was crowned Miss Montana 2015 June 13 in Glendive and will be touring the state as an ambassador for Montana during her year of reign. To book Miss Montana for an appearance schools, corporate functions, entertainment, leadership development or special events, contact Jan Holden at holdenmissmt@gmail.com

The Miss America Scholarship Program is the largest scholarship program for women in the world giving out almost $6 million in scholarship from locals to the national level this year. Miss America, Betty Cantrel of Georgia received a $50,000 scholarship and served as the Children’s Miracle Network Goodwill Ambassador for the year among her many other appearances including a USO tour. The Miss America Organization is a not-for-profit organization that has maintained a tradition of empowering American women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence.

For more information #missmontana, http://www.missmontana.com, http://www.missamerica.org or facebook Miss Montana Scholarship Program.

Friday, October 9th 2015
Barry Beach files new clemency request after changes in law
HELENA — A man convicted of killing a high-school classmate in 1979 filed a new clemency request now that the law has changed to give the final decision to the governor instead of the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole.

Barry Beach was sentenced to 100 years in prison after being convicted in 1984 of deliberate homicide in the beating death of 17-year-old Kim Nees in Poplar. He has steadfastly denied killing Nees, and his cause has been taken up by a large and vocal group of supporters, among them current and former Montana politicians.

The board denied Barry Beach's last request — his fourth — last year even though Gov. Steve Bullock said he wanted to consider the application. Previously, the board had the final say if it decided to deny an inmate's clemency application.

The law that went into effect Oct. 1 allows the governor to grant clemency even if the board recommends against it. The board now must take re-submitted applications that were previously denied, decide whether further investigation or a hearing is needed, then forward the application and a recommendation to the governor's office within 10 days of completing its assessment.

The change in the law was driven in part by Beach's case. His attorney submitted the new clemency application to the pardons and parole board on Tuesday.

"He has now served over 32 years in prison for a crime that occurred when he was 17 years old," the application says of Beach. "He is now 53 years old. Over the past three decades he has concretely demonstrated that he is able and willing to fulfill the obligations of a law-abiding citizen."

The board will set a date to consider the application after an analyst completes a preliminary report, executive director Timothy Allred said.

In April 2014, Bullock asked the parole board in a letter to consider whether Beach had served enough prison time, though he stopped short saying he supported Beach's request. The governor cited Beach's being a juvenile at the time of the crime and his good behavior when he was freed for 18 months starting in 2011 while awaiting a new trial.

The Montana Supreme Court sent Beach back to prison after overturning a district judge's order for a new trial based on witness testimony that Nees died in a fight among a gang of girls.

Bullock spokesman Mike Wessler said Thursday that the governor will withhold any statement on the clemency request until he receives and reviews the application.

Friday, October 9th 2015
Municipal Elections Set For November 3rd
Municipal Elections are set for November 3rd in Valley County. Elections in Glasgow, Opheim, Nashua and Fort Peck will be conducted by mail ballot.

Ballots will be mailed out October 10th and need to be turned in by 8pm on November 3rd.

Here are the candidates in contested races in Valley County municipalities.


Ward #2- Butch Heitman will face off against Doug Nistler in this open seat race. Long time member of the Glasgow City Council, Dan Durell is retiring at the end of the year.

Nashua- There are 3 candidates running for two positions on the Nashua Town Council. Incumbents Robert Zeluff and Michael Stingley are running for re-election while challenger Judy Boyum has joined the race.

There are no contested races in Opheim or Fort Peck.

Tuesday, October 6th 2015
Community Cash Program Starting Up
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is kicking off the 2015 holiday season with its Annual COMMUNITY Cash program.

COMMUNITY Cash Script (formally Christmas Cash) will be available beginning Tuesday October 13th, 2015, at First Community Bank in Glasgow/Hinsdale, Valley Bank, and Independence Bank. The purpose of the Community Cash program is to encourage people in our area to Shop Locally. Glasgow has a very good variety of quality products, services, and retail stores to choose from for your shopping needs.

The Chamber is once again trying a “kick-off”. As an incentive, the Chamber will pay the $10 processing fee for all loans written on October 13th, 2015. You are encouraged to stop by one of the participating banks beginning Monday October 5th, 2015 to pick up your application. These are no interest loans and there is a 10 month repayment period starting in January 2016. These loans can be used for lots of merchandise and services in our area and it’s not just for your Christmas shopping.

Individual shoppers may borrow up to $1,000.00 and married shoppers up to $2,000.00 on approved credit. The Community Cash can be used to purchase a variety of goods from toys, tires, gas, appliances, home furnishings or improvements, tools, groceries, clothing gift certificates or meals at the participating Merchants. You must be a Chamber member to accept the cash and participate in this program. You do not, however, need to be a Chamber member to borrow the Community Cash. The last day to purchase the cash is December 30th, 2015, the last day to use it is December 31st, 2015.

A list of all of the participating merchants and promotions is available now at the Chamber office, on the Chamber website, at participating banks and stores. In 2014, 62 business members participated in the program, 163 loans were issued for a total of $143,785.00 dollars spent locally.

The Chamber encourages residents to buy locally and use the Christmas program.

Tuesday, October 6th 2015
Two Rivers Economic Growth Annual Meeting Is Today
The Annual meeting of Two Rivers Economic Growth is Tues. Oct. 6th at 12noon at the Cottonwood Inn.

Lunch will be provided & all members are invited to attend.

During the past year Two Rivers has focused on Hometown Competitiveness & Community Revitalization.
You will learn what has been accomplished during the past year, help identify & prioritize goals for economic growth, & elect new directors & officers.

Join other businesses & colleagues at the annual membership meeting of Two Rivers Economic Growth Tues. Oct. 6th from 12noon – 1:30p.m. at the Cottonwood Inn.

Tuesday, October 6th 2015
Northeastern Arts Network Presents Chinook Winds Tonight
Northeastern Arts Network presents Chinook Winds from Great Falls, MT. Tues. Oct. 6th at 7p.m. at the Glasgow High School Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information contact Allison Nichols, 228-8255 or email ajnichols57@gmail.com.

This event is made possible in part by the Montana Performing Arts Consortium Presenter Development Program which is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Montana Arts Council, & legislative grant from Montana’s Cultural Trust & the Western States Arts Federation.

Tuesday, October 6th 2015
Fire Dept. Saluting Fire Prevention Week At Shopko Tonight
It’s Fire Prevention Week & the Glasgow Fire Department is having their Annual Event at the Shopko Parking Lot Tues. Oct. 6th from 6-7:30p.m. Everyone is welcome to come down & check out the Fire Trucks & equipment, have a hot dog & pop & have some fun.
Tuesday, October 6th 2015
BLM Opens Public Scoping for May 4, 2016 Oil and Gas Lease Sale
(MILES CITY, Mont.) - The Bureau of Land Management has opened a 15-day public scoping period on six nominated Oil and Gas Lease parcels located in Garfield, Sheridan, Richland, and Roosevelt counties Montana.

The public scoping period will end on October 21, 2015. A parcel list and maps are available at http://on.doi.gov/1LQChXI.

This public scoping process is intended to solicit input on issues, impacts and potential alternatives that the BLM will address in an upcoming NEPA document and is only the first of several opportunities for the public to comment on this Oil and Gas Lease Sale.

The lease sale is tentatively scheduled for May 4, 2016. The final acreage amount will be determined after the full public review process.

The public is welcome to contribute comments regarding these lease parcel nominations by one of the following methods:

Email: blm_mt_miles_cityfo_lease_ea@blm.gov

Mail: Miles City Field Office

Attention: Irma Nansel

111 Garryowen Road

Miles City, MT 59301-7000

Those who provide comments are advised that before including their address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information, they should be aware that the entire comment – including the personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.

For more information contact the BLM Miles City Field Office at (406) 233-3653.

Monday, October 5th 2015
Winter Weather Awareness Week
Starting today, the National Weather Service (NWS) offices in Montana are sponsoring winter weather awareness week.

This information is provided in order to inform you on the different types of winter weather we have in Montana and also to provide safety information related to each type. You can find out more from the Glasgow National Weather Service office website.

Every year, winter claims dozens of lives and causes millions of dollars in damage across the United States. A significant higher number of injuries occur; seventy percent of which are the result of vehicle accidents. Just in Montana since 2000, 27 people have lost their lives in extreme winter weather conditions with many more injuries. Avalanches, automobile accidents and cold weather exposure are the main causes of winter weather related deaths in Montana. Livestock injuries and deaths can also be quite common during the more hazardous events. The following are some of the causes of both direct and indirect deaths and injuries in Montana as well as causes of damage:

Extreme wind chill or extreme cold (within a home and outside)
Vehicle accidents
Leaving a shelter such as a home or vehicle
Carbon monoxide poisoning from an incorrectly set up generator or vehicle exhaust obstructed by snow
Collapse of structures from heavy snow loading
Fallen tree branches due to heavy snow

Download the Winter Survival Kit info

Friday, October 2nd 2015
Montana's Minimum Wage Will Stay At $8.05 For 2016
Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate remain at $8.05 beginning January 1, 2016. An estimated 5,500 workers, or approximately 1.2 percent of the workforce, receive minimum wage.

"Low inflation means Montanans are able to stretch their paychecks further," said Labor Commissioner, Pam Bucy. “Because the minimum wage is going to stay at the current level, working Montanans will not to worry about bringing less income home.”

In 2014, the industry with the largest number of workers earning minimum wage was the accommodations and food industry followed by the retail trade industry. Cashiers, Combined Food and Preparation Workers, Waiters and Waitresses, and Retail Salespersons are occupations with large numbers of minimum wage workers.

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

MCA 39-3-409 requires the Montana Department of Labor and Industry to adjust the Montana minimum wage for inflation using the CPI-U. The 2015 minimum wage has been calculated by taking the current minimum wage of $8.05 and increasing it by the CPI-U increase from August of 2014 to August 2015. The CPI-U increased by 0.20 percent over the year ending August 2015.

Friday, October 2nd 2015
Man Killed In Rollover Crash Near Wolf Point Identified
(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash near Wolf Point.

John Summers, Roosevelt County's undersheriff and deputy coroner, identified the victim as 44-year-old Aaron D. Monroe, of Great Falls.

The Billings Gazette reports Monroe's pickup drifted off the side of U.S. Highway 2 and hit a delineator post Wednesday morning. The truck rolled multiple times after he overcorrected.

Monroe was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe fatigued driving might have played a role in the crash.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Friday, October 2nd 2015
Feds Want Tougher Rules For Oil Pipelines
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials are proposing tighter safety rules for pipelines carrying oil, gasoline and other hazardous liquids after a series of ruptures that included an accident in Michigan that became the costliest onshore spill in the nation's history.

The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to expand pipeline inspection requirements and require companies to more closely analyze the results. The agency also would make companies re-check lines following floods and hurricanes.

The Associated Press obtained details of the proposal ahead of Thursday's formal announcement.

Safety investigators have in part blamed ineffective government oversight for the 2010 Michigan accident that spilled 840,000 gallon of crude into the Kalamazoo River and nearby wetlands.

Other recent ruptures fouled waterways in Montana, California and Virginia, highlighting gaps in rules for roughly 200,000 miles of hazardous liquids lines across the U.S.
(Copyright 2015 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Thursday, October 1st 2015
Victims identified in head on collision near Frazer

A husband and wife from northeast Montana were two of the victims killed in a head-on crash near Wolf Point on Tuesday night.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier identified two of the victims as Richard Sudduth Jr., 70, and his wife Mary Sue Sudduth, 68.

The Sudduths, who were residents are Saco, were killed when their pick-up truck crashed head-on with another pickup on US Highway 2 around 7:30 p.m.

The third fatality in the collision was Robert Henry Seibel of Ross, North Dakota.

Wednesday, September 30th 2015
3 Dead In Valley County Crash
The Montana Highway Patrol is reporting that a 2-vehicle accident has claimed the lives of 3 individuals. The accident occurred east of Frazer on Highway #2.

The accident was reported at about 7:30pm.

No further details were reported by the Montana Highway Patrol to the Billings Gazette.

Wednesday, September 30th 2015
Fairview man denies killing girlfriend, hiding body

SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — An eastern Montana man has denied allegations that he killed his former girlfriend in February 2013 and hid her body.

Officials in Richland County say 36-year-old Cody Wayne Johnston of Fairview pleaded not guilty Tuesday to deliberate homicide and tampering with evidence in the suspected death of 31-year-old Nicole Waller of Kalispell. Her body has not been found.

District Judge Greg Pinski of Great Falls is overseeing the case and appeared via video for Johnston's arraignment.

Johnston remains jailed in Sidney with his bail set at $250,000.

Court records said investigators learned that Johnston and Waller had argued, he lied about where he was the morning she went missing and he had someone help him move her vehicle. Prosecutors say he texted another girlfriend and told her that Waller left and was gone for good.

Tuesday, September 29th 2015
Information Sought in Elk Waste of Game Case in Southern Phillips County
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking information for “waste of game” of a bull elk killed in Hunting District 622 near McCarty Coulee, by Timber Creek Bay, in southern Phillips County. The elk was likely killed on Thursday, September 17.

FWP wardens Todd Tryan and Ben Morin said the elk, which had died from an arrow wound, had been partially skinned, poorly boned out, and had the head removed.

Over 23 pounds of meat were later removed by wardens from the quarters, and both tenderloins were not removed. Montana Hunting Regulations require that “all four quarters above the hock, including loin and backstrap are considered suitable for food.” Although not required by law, none of the substantial neck meat was removed.

“It’s unfortunate to see such careless disregard for the animal. The wasted meat could have been easily removed from the carcass,” said Morin.

Wardens came upon the elk on Friday, September 18, but it had likely been harvested on Thursday evening. Evidence of sex, which is required to be naturally attached to the carcass for transport, was left at the scene.

“It’s apparent that this hunter was more concerned about taking out the head and antlers rather than removing all of the meat and taking care of the animal,” added Tryan.

Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call Warden Tryan at 406-263-0067, Warden Morin at 406-654-7630, or FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

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

This information and more can be found on the FWP website at http://fwp.mt.gov/regions/r6/, or on the Region 6 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MontanaFWP.R6.

Tuesday, September 29th 2015
Weather System Forecast To Move In Thursday Night
A slow moving weather system will move into Eastern Montana Thursday Night and will remain over the area for most of the weekend.

*Rain: * Moves into Northeast Montana Thursday Night and could continue as late as Sunday. There is high uncertainty on rainfall amounts at this point. Some areas may only receive a quarter inch while other locations could exceed an inch.

*Temperatures*: Warm and dry weather with highs mainly in the 70s are expected today through Thursday ahead of the system. Temperatures will cool to around 60 for highs on Friday and the 50s for Saturday and Sunday.

*Winds: *Mainly east 10 to 20 mph possibly stronger but will vary from North to Northeast in Phillips and Petroleum Counties to Southeast near the North Dakota border on Friday and Saturday. The surface low will be to the south of the forecast area in Southeast Montana and winds blow counter-clockwise around the low. The winds will turn to the northeast or north for all areas Saturday Night as the low moves to the east.

*Impacts: *Wet weather for outdoor activities. Wet gumbo will make travel on gravel road difficult. The rain will likely put any harvesting of crops on hold.

There is still some uncertainty in timing with this system. We will send an update either Wednesday or Thursday.

Tuesday, September 29th 2015
Montana’s Missouri River Country Travel Guide
Every other year Missouri River Country designs and prints a new travel guide to promote Northeast Montana tourism to potential travelers. We have recently completed our newest guide and would like to distribute it to anyone that’s interested in coming to Northeast Montana. There is no charge for the guide and shipping is also free.

Don’t miss your opportunity to receive the newest copy of Montana’s Missouri River Country Travel Guide or have a copy sent to a friend or relative that plans to come visit our breath taking part of the state.

To sign up to receive the Montana’s 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.

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