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Friday, February 27th 2015
BNSF To Build Double Track Outside Of Glasgow
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/bnsf-to-spend-million-on-montana-track-in/article_2c79d723-0c3e-5c00-a3fe-d693e037fe94.html#ixzz3Sx8fHnXF

BNSF Railway will spend $124 million on track and improvements in Montana in 2015, pushing its infrastructure investment in the state to a half-billion dollars over four years.

"This is a long-term investment for future growth. These investments aren't being driven by short-term fluctuations in volume," said Matt Jones, BNSF spokesman. "Overall, we see potential for growth in all our broader business categories."

Announced Tuesday, the investment includes four more miles of double track from the Glasgow region to Minot, N.D. BNSF has spent several years constructing 114 miles of double track between those communities so that trains traveling the route connecting Seattle to Chicago can pass without pulling over. Oil, crops and freight containers have driven up demand on the nation's northernmost line.

Traffic volume is trending upward for all BNSF freight, Jones said. Most recently, a nationwide shortage of truck drivers has diverted interstate freight to BNSF.

All told, the railroad will resurface 1,227 miles of track, replace 52 miles of rail and 345,000 railroad ties, Jones said.

Along BNSF's southern Montana line, the railroad will replace 70,000 ties and remove track irregularities in the Forsyth area so trains can safely travel faster. The Big Horn rail line from Hardin into Wyoming will receive 89,000 new rail ties.

Coal trains are the primary use of the Big Horn line, and despite plummeting coal prices, BNSF shipments of coal in 2014 increased 3 percent year over year.

The railroad will also upgrade its Sidney line connecting its north and south routes across Montana. The route includes a depot for loading oil tankers in Dore, N.D.

The Sidney line includes sections of rail that are bolted together, an old technology that's been replaced by 1,600 foot sections of rail that are welded into a solid piece for a safer ride. The company will also improve several bridges along the route, which runs between Sidney and Glendive.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/bnsf-to-spend-million-on-montana-track-in/article_2c79d723-0c3e-5c00-a3fe-d693e037fe94.html#ixzz3Sx8fHnXF

Friday, February 27th 2015
BLM Glasgow Field Office Fence Modification Project Aids Pronghorn
Jason Snellman (on ATV) and Rich Hayner unspool smooth wire to replace the bottom row of barbed wire during a fence modification project February 10, 2014. The purpose of the two-week project was to make the fence wildlife friendly for pronghorn antelope, which negotiate fences by crawling under them. (BLM Photo by Jonathan Moor)
(GLASGOW, Mont.) – The Bureau of Land Management Glasgow Field Office conducted a fence modification project over a two-week period during February 2015.

More than five and a half miles of fence was modified by Wildland Firefighters Jason Snellman and Rich Hayner along a section of Highway 2, west of Glasgow.

“They replaced the bottom barbed wire with smooth wire and modified the fence bottom wire height to 16 inches off the ground,” explained BLM Glasgow Field Office Wildlife Biologist Abel Guevara. “Replacing the bottom barbed wire with smooth prevents the pronghorn antelope from rubbing and losing any hair that would expose their skin to frostbite or injury.” Pronghorn antelope most often negotiate fences by crawling under them.

In 2009 a pronghorn antelope migration study was conducted in this area. Data from pronghorn antelope fitted with GPS radio collars showed significant migration within the Buggy Creek and Chapman Coulee areas west of Glasgow.

Most fences in the area were 5-wire with a barbed bottom wire often no more than 12 inches off the ground.

Because the work was being done within the Highway 2 right-of-way BLM coordinated the fence modification project with Montana Department of Transportation (MDT).

“This project was coordinated with our local MDT contacts Kevin Gower and Carson Buffington as well as MDT Wildlife Biologist Larry Sickerson,” said Guevara.

“We had some great consultation with our partners on this project and we would not have been able to be get this work done without the support of MDT and BLM permittees,” Guevara added.

About $2,500 of wire and fuel was purchased locally for the fence modification project.

Approximately two more miles of fence along Highway 2 are slated to be modified later this summer with a Montana Conservation Corps crew. Additionally, other fences that are immediately adjacent to the highway will be considered for modification to maintain connectivity across the migration corridor.

Friday, February 27th 2015
School Elections Set For May 5
The annual school election will be held Tuesday, May 5, 2015. There will be two three-year openings for the Glasgow School District Board of Trustees this year, as Alison Molvig’s & Nick Dirkes’ terms are set to expire.

Petitions are available at the School Administration Office located at 200 7th Street North. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. For further information regarding the election, contact Kelly Doornek at 228-2406.

Thursday, February 26th 2015
Effort to acquire Nebraska land for pipeline remain on hold
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The company trying to build a pipeline to carry Canadian oil south to the Gulf Coast says its efforts to force Nebraska landowners to agree to the project remain on hold because of several pending lawsuits.

Earlier this month, a Holt County judge blocked TransCanada's eminent domain efforts there. Company spokesman Mark Cooper says TransCanada will agree to a similar order in York County at a hearing Thursday.

Cooper says TransCanada plans to ask judges in seven other Nebraska counties to delay action on its other eminent domain cases until the lawsuits are resolved.

The proposed pipeline needs presidential approval before it could be built across Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska to connect with existing pipelines. It would carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day
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Thursday, February 26th 2015
Montana Supreme Court Rules On Glasgow Kidnapping Case
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has rejected a Glasgow man's arguments that he should not have to pay restitution for his kidnapping victim's mental health counseling because it is being paid for by state-assisted programs.

The court, in a 5-0 ruling Tuesday, found that Richard Joseph Jenkins should be held responsible for $18,000 in potential counseling costs for Connie Sharp.

Jenkins was convicted in April 2012 of kidnapping, assault with a weapon and intimidation for cutting Sharp with a knife, burning her with cigarettes, tying her up and threatening to throw her into the river if she refused to drive him to Kalispell.

Sharp was able to escape in Havre.

The court ruled that when Jenkins starts paying restitution, the state programs that covered Sharp's counseling costs can seek to recover that money from Sharp.

Thursday, February 26th 2015
Hunter Education Classes Offered in Malta and Saco
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Malta and Saco areas. To be eligible to hunt during the 2015 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16, 2016. To be eligible for certification, students must be at least 11-years old on the first day of the class.

The first class in Malta will be held the week of March 9-13 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Malta High School cafeteria.

The Saco class will first meet on Wednesday, March 18, from 4:00-4:30 pm at the Saco Fire Hall. Other dates and times for the rest of the course will be set on the 18th.

For the Hunter Education classes, please go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov to register. Look under the “Education” tab, go to the “Hunter Education” heading, and click on the “Hunter education programs” link. On the next screen, click on the “Find a class or field course” and follow the directions from there.

Please make sure to print out all necessary material, and sign all necessary forms! If you have any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.

Wednesday, February 25th 2015
Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The White House sent notice of the veto to the Senate on Tuesday, shortly after the bill was received at the White House. It's the third veto of Obama's presidency.

The move puts a freeze on a top GOP priority, at least for now. It also reasserts Obama's authority over a project that's become a flashpoint in the national debate about climate change.

Congressional Republicans may try to override Obama's veto, but have yet to show they can muster the two-thirds majority in both chambers that they would need. Sen. John Hoeven, the bill's chief GOP sponsor, says Republicans are about four votes short in the Senate and need about 11 more in the House.
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Wednesday, February 25th 2015
Employers Offer Scholarship
Scholarship applications are now available from the Glasgow Job Service Employers’ Committee (JSEC) to any Valley County high school senior who is going on to college, technical school or other training after completing their high school education or equivalency.

Funding is provided by Valley County employers who share the JSEC desire to educate future workers. Applications can be picked up from any high school counselor or the Job Service Office at 74 4th Street North. You can also download an application here.

Applications are due in the Job Service Office by 5:00 pm Monday, March 2. Award amounts vary depending on donations received, but typically are about $500 according to Stacey Amundson, JSEC Chair. For more information, contact Stacey at 228-2476 or the Glasgow Job Service at 228-3926.

Wednesday, February 25th 2015
Farm Bureau Scholarship
The Valley County Farm Bureau will be awarding a scholarship(s) to a graduating senior whose parents are members of the Montana Farm Bureau. In addition, two Valley County applications will be submitted to Bozeman to compete for two (2) Montana Farm Bureau $1,000.00 scholarships.

Applications can be obtained from the Guidance Counselor or Principal/School Administrator in Hinsdale, Glasgow, Nashua, Lustre, Opheim and Frazer.

Applications must be postmarked April 1, 2015, and mailed to Scott Cassel, P O Box 772, Glasgow, MT 59230.

Please contact Robyn Cassel at 367-5145 for further information or any questions.

Tuesday, February 24th 2015
Oil patch murder defendant to be sentenced in April
SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado man who pleaded guilty to killing a Montana teacher in an oil boom town will be sentenced this spring.

District Judge Richard Simonton scheduled an April 17 sentencing hearing for 25-year-old Michael Keith Spell of Parachute, Colorado.

Spell pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide for the January 2012 death of Sidney High School math teacher Sherry Arnold. Her body was found more than two months later in a shallow grave in North Dakota.

Spell told Simonton in October that he and co-defendant Lester Van Waters Jr. had smoked crack cocaine before grabbing Arnold while she was jogging and that he wasn't sure who killed her.

Spell's attorneys have said they will seek a sentence to the state health department, which could allow him to serve his time in a facility for the mentally disabled. Waters is serving 80 years.
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Tuesday, February 24th 2015
Montana House Votes Down Bill That Would End Capital Punishment In Montana
HELENA (AP) – Representatives have voted down a bill that would end capital punishment in Montana.

Members of the House of Representatives voted 50-50 on Monday to fail House Bill 370 on second reading. Three Democrats and 47 Republicans voted against the measure and 12 Republicans joined 38 Democrats in voting for it.

Republican Rep. David Moore of Missoula introduced the proposal in the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 13. Committee members passed the bill 11-10.

State Representatives Austin Knudson and Mike Lang who represent Valley County voted against the legislation that would end capital punishment in Montana.

Representatives debated the repeal for more than 20 minutes. Supporters called for life imprisonment over death. Opponents said repealing the death penalty would be unfair to victims.

Similar bills have survived the Senate, but in the last two sessions have failed in the House.

Two men currently imprisoned in Montana have been sentenced to die.

Tuesday, February 24th 2015
FWP News
SPRING TURKEY PERMIT APPLICATIONS DEADLINE IS MARCH 5
Montana's spring male turkey hunting season begins April 11 this year. The deadline to apply for a Montana spring turkey permit available in some Montana counties is March 5.

Applicants, must have a 2015 conservation license to be eligible to apply, will find the spring turkey permit areas in FWP Regions 2, 3, and 4 listed on the application. There is a $5 application fee.

Resident and nonresident spring turkey permit application forms will be available Feb. 23 on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Go to the Hunting page, click "Licenses and Permits" then "Paper Applications".

ELK AND DEER PERMIT APPLICATION DUE MARCH 16
March 16 is the deadline to apply for Montana's 2015 deer and elk hunting permits. An easy-to-use application packet is available from all hunting license providers, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices and online at fwp.mt.gov.

FWP urges hunters to apply online. "It's fast, convenient and accurate," said Ron Aasheim, FWP spokesman in Helena.
Resident hunters need a 2015 conservation and elk license to apply for a special elk permit but everything else needed to apply is in the application and information packet, Aasheim said.

Hard copies of the hunting regulations will be on the shelf at FWP offices and local license providers in April.
Nonresidents who wish to apply for big game combination, elk combination or deer combination licenses and deer and elk permits for the 2015 Montana hunting season can also apply online or download an application from FWP's website.

To request an application by mail, write to: Licensing Section; Montana FWP; P.O. Box 200701, Helena MT; 59620-0701; or call: 406-444-2950. The application deadline is March 16.

Aasheim said May 1 is the deadline to apply for moose, sheep, goat and bison licenses and June 1 for antlerless deer B and elk B licenses, antelope and antelope B licenses.

HUNTERS' BEAR IDENTIFICATION TRAINING REQUIRED
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds all black bear hunters of the responsibility to avoid mistakenly shooting a grizzly bear during the state's upcoming spring black bear hunt. Montana's spring black bear hunting season begins April 15.

Before first-time bear hunters can purchase a black bear hunting license, they must be certified by successfully completing FWP's bear identification training. FWP offers a bear identification training course on its website under the Education tab at fwp.mt.gov. Click "Hunter Education," and then "Bear Identification Program".

FWP urges bear hunters to take advantage of the free bear identification training and to ensure they have the required certification before purchasing a hunting license. There are multiple ways to obtain and take the test—go online or pick up a mail-in test from any FWP office. Bear identification tests can also be obtained by writing to: FWP Bear Test, 1420 E. 6th Ave., Helena, MT 59620-0701.

Hunters may purchase black bear hunting licenses online at fwp.mt.gov, at FWP license providers, or download and print a paper license application and mail it to FWP. Licenses issued through the mail may take two weeks to process.

ONLINE HUNTER EDUCATION AVAILABLE TO ADULTS
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offers hunter education on the Internet to anyone 18 years and older.

State law requires anyone born after Jan. 1, 1985 to take a hunter education course and complete a field course before purchasing a hunting license in Montana. The $25 online course allows adults to take the required hunter education course at their convenience.

Following the online coursework, students must sign up for a scheduled field day. There are field days available throughout Montana every spring and fall.

For more information go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Click on the Education tab and then click "Hunter Education".

AT TAX TIME REMEMBER YOUR FAVORITE WATCHABLE WILDLIFE
Montana's annual income tax check-off fund for wildlife benefits the state's small wildlife species including birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and it provides a fast, convenient tax break.

The wildlife income tax check-off fund also goes to activities that encourage awareness and enjoyment of birds and small mammals—think wildlife monitoring, habitat improvement projects and the publication and distribution of educational materials.

Every $10 one donates is matched up to three times with federal dollars.

For details on the ways FWP uses non-game check-off funds to help small mammals and birds, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov and look under the Fish & Wildlife tab.

Monday, February 23rd 2015
.62 pound perch worth $2000 at Glasgow Chamber Ice Fishing Tourney
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture held its 18th Annual Ice Fishing Derby at the Dredge Cuts Trout Pond at Fort Peck Lake on February 21st, 2015. It was a diehard day for the fishermen & women who chose to participate despite the low temperatures and 25 mph wind gusts. The contest had 41 participants and 111 pre- drilled ice holes were sold. The contestants came from Glasgow, Jordan, Miles City, Brockway, Poplar, Wolf Point, Froid, Nashua, Fort Peck, Westby, McCabe, Park City, and Frazer. An estimated 80 more people came to observe the tournament and enjoy one of Chefs Mike & Paul’s Famous brats & onions.

A total of over $3,750.00 in cash, prizes and raffles were awarded to the participants. The 50/50 was won by Ricci Olson in the amount of $200.00. The derby consisted of a sole .62 lb. perch caught worth $2,000. The rest of the cash prizes were done on the lottery system with all participants getting a shot at some cash.

The results were:

1st-$2000.00 Travis Kittleson & Josh Palm/Glasgow-.62 perch -
2nd $500.00-Chris Mortenson/Glasgow,
3rd-$200.00 Joe Panburn/Miles City,
4th-$50.00 Rick Viste/Nashua.

Additional prizes were provided by the tournament sponsors.

The cash and prizes were awarded at The Gateway Club in Fort Peck following the derby. The 2015 Ice Derby was sponsored by: Edward Jones, JR’s Party Store #24, Cottonwood Inn, Nemont Telephone, Coca-Cola, KLTZ/KLAN, First Community Bank, D & G Sports & Western, Thompson & Sons, Reynolds Foods, Ezzie’s Wholesale, Nemont Beverage, Hi-Line Ford, Northern Prarie Auto, The Gateway Club, Newton Motors, Pacific Hide & Fur, NorthWestern Energy, Valley Bank, Scottie Car Wash, Cellular Plus and the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture. The 19th Annual Ice Derby will be held February 15, 2016.

Monday, February 23rd 2015
Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades.

The projection was contained in a Department of Transportation analysis from July. It says the derailments could cause more than $4 billion in damage and possibly kill hundreds of people if a serious accident were to happen in a densely populated part of the U.S.

The study took on new relevance last week after a train loaded with oil derailed in West Virginia, causing a spectacular fire and forcing hundreds of families to evacuate.

Monday's accident was the latest in a spate of fiery derailments. Senior federal officials say it underscores the need for stronger tank cars and other safety improvements.


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Monday, February 23rd 2015
Nashua Man Charged With Drug Offenses In Federal Court
JEFFERY JOHN HELM, a 60-year-old resident of Nashua, appeared in Federal Court in Great Falls on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and morphine, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and morphine, and distribution of oxycodone and morphine.

Helm was arraigned in Great Falls on February 10th. He had been arrested by the Valley County Sheriff's Office on February 9th and turned over to the DEA. Helm is currently incarcerated in Great Falls.

Helm pleaded not guilty to the charges.

If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, HELM faces 20 years in prison, $1,000,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Monday, February 23rd 2015
Jordale Redwolf Arrested And Charged With Drug Offenses in Valley County
26-year old Jordale Redwolf has been arrested by the VCSO and charged with several drug offenses according to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier.

Sheriff Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 that a concerned citizen in Nashua reported a suspicious vehicle and upon responding to the vehicle the VCSO obtained a search warrant and arrested Jordale Redwolf.

Redwolf was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended or revoked license and no proof or insurance.

The VCSO impounded the vehicle and found allegedly stolen property including knives, guns and a sword.

Additional charges are expected in the case according to Sheriff Meier. Redwolf is being held on $50,000 bond in the Valley County Jail.

Redwolf is listed as a resident of Wyola, Montana.

Monday, February 23rd 2015
Reminder: Hunter Education Classes Offered in Glasgow and Hinsdale
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Glasgow and Hinsdale areas. To be eligible to hunt during the 2015 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16th, 2016. To be eligible for certification, students must be at least 11-years old on the first day of the class.

The first class in Glasgow will be the week of March 2nd-6th from 5:30-8:30 pm at Eastside School, with the field day on Saturday, the 7th, from 8:00-11:30 am.

The second class in Glasgow will be the week of March 23rd-27th from 5:30-8:30 pm at Eastside School, with the field day on Saturday, the 28th, from 8:00-11:30 am.

The Hinsdale class will be held the week of March 16th-20th, from 3:30-6:30 pm at Hinsdale Schools, with the field day on Saturday, the 21st, from 10:00-12:30 pm.

In addition, a tentative date for a Bowhunter Education course has been scheduled for the 6-11th of April. A prospective bowhunter may still apply for special archery permits (due March 16th) and take the bowhunter course in April. Stay tuned for further information on the Bowhunter course.

For the Hunter Education classes, please go to the FWP website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov to register. Look under the “Education” tab, go to the “Hunter Education” heading, and click on the “Hunter education programs” link. On the next screen, click on the “Find a class or field course” and follow the directions from there. Please make sure to print out all necessary material, and sign all necessary forms!

Parents, please have students pick up the Hunter Ed manual from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks office in Glasgow. Students are to read each chapter AND complete review sections before class! If you have any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.

Friday, February 20th 2015
TBID Photo Contest Underway
Glasgow, MT (December 2014) The Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District invites all photographers to enter the 2014 Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District “Get Out Photo Contest”. The Grand Prize winner will receive $200.00. The contest, which is open now, has an entry deadline of April 1, 2015.

Contestants may submit their photographs of their favorite way to Get Out in Valley County in any or all categories: Glasgow Chamber Events, Sense of Place, Outdoor Sportsman, and Scenery. For official rules visit www.glasgowchamber.net.

Throughout the contest photos will be showcased on the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture website,

The Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District markets our region as a preferred travel destination. Through our marketing efforts we entice visitors to explore our playground in northeast Montana. Each category winner will receive photographer recognition each time their photograph is used.

For more information please contact the Glasgow TBID at tbidglasgow@nemont.net or 406-480-2819.

Friday, February 20th 2015
BLM Glasgow Field Office Hires New Administrative Support Assistant
Stacie Canen is the new Administrative Support Assistant at the Bureau of Land Management Glasgow Field Office. (BLM Photo by Jonathan Moor)
(GLASGOW, Mont.) – Stacie Canen became the new administrative support assistant at the Bureau of Land Management Glasgow Field Office Jan. 25, 2015.

“We are very pleased to be able to hire someone of Stacie’s caliber with solid ties to the local community,” said BLM Glasgow Field Manager Pat Gunderson.

Canen transferred to the BLM from the U.S. Postal Service. “I had a 16 year career with USPS starting as a carrier. I have been a clerk, supervisor and postmaster,” Canen explained.

“My most recent position was postmaster of the Glasgow Post Office, which is also the Administrative Post Office for Hinsdale, Nashua, Fort Peck and St. Marie,” she added.

Canen is a native of Valley County. “I was born in Glasgow and raised in Hinsdale, Montana, which is 30 miles West of Glasgow. I still live there with my husband, Ray, of 26 years and my Yorkie. We have two adult children, a son and a daughter. Our son was just married this past August.”

According to Gunderson, Canen’s life-long experience and knowledge about Glasgow and Valley County are invaluable assets. While serving as the administrative support assistant, Canen is often the first person to interact with members of the American public when they visit the BLM Glasgow Field Office.

“I am very excited to be a member of the BLM team and part of the great crew in the Glasgow Field Office,” said Canen.

Friday, February 20th 2015
Oil found in Glendive fish; consumption advisory remains
BILLINGS — Detectable levels of petroleum were found in tests of fish pulled from the Yellowstone River downstream from a broken petroleum pipeline near Glendive last month. This week Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks advised fishermen to use caution when deciding whether to eat fish caught in the area affected by the oil spill.

On Jan. 17, 2015, the Bridger pipeline broke where it crossed the Yellowstone River upstream from Glendive, dumping crude oil into the water. FWP advised anglers not to eat any fish caught downstream from the spill until biologists could test for petroleum in the edible muscle tissues.

Sampling for contaminated fish – as well as cleanup of the spilled oil – has been difficult because ice covers most of the river downstream from the spill site. FWP fisheries biologists were able to catch shovelnose sturgeon, sauger, channel catfish, goldeye, burbot and shorthead redhorse suckers at sites downstream from the break. The fish were sent to laboratories in Billings and Wisconsin, which tested the edible muscle tissue as well as various internal organs for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – or PAHs.

Trevor Selch of Helena, FWP’s pollution control biologist, said this week that the laboratories have tested some of the tissues and returned results showing detectable levels of PAHs in some of the sauger, goldeye and shovelnose sturgeon muscle tissues. FWP is waiting for results from the other tests.

Published research indicates that petroleum compounds can accumulate in fish for 40 or more days after a spill. FWP will resume catching fish after the ice leaves the river and test tissues for PAH accumulation. Petroleum compounds can also be passed on to fish through the food chain when micro-organisms, insects, worms, crustaceans and other aquatic animals absorb petroleum compounds then are eaten by fish.

Until all of the tests are complete and the data is analyzed, Selch advised anglers to continue to use caution
when deciding whether to eat fish.

The advisory was issued as a precaution, advising anglers to tend toward conservative decisions and prudent practice when it comes to the health effects of the oil spill.

Thursday, February 19th 2015
Glasgow named one of safest cities in Montana
According to the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, Glasgow has been named one of the "Ten Safest Cities In Montana."

The Safewise security company released the list on Wednesday, which is available here.

SafeWise combined data from recent FBI Crime Reports with their own research to create a list of the safest communities in Montana.

"To create our list of Montana’s 10 safest cities we evaluated communities with a population over 1,500 residents in 2012 and researched the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics. Our next step was examining the number of Violent Crimes, consisting of murder, robbery, aggravated assault, and forcible rape, as well as Property Crimes, which include burglary, arson, motor vehicle theft, and larceny-theft. Finally, to create a level playing field, we determined the chance of these crimes happening out of 1,000 people."

These are the 10 safest cities in Montana.
1. Colstrip
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .88
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.18
2. East Helena
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .48
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.78
3. Dillon
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .96
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.38
4. Glasgow
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.80
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.63
5. Conrad
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.03
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.28
6. Lewistown
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.88
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.73
7. Livingston
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.42
Property Crimes per 1,000: 20.23
8. Miles City
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.58
Property Crimes per 1,000: 23.53
9. Libby
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.52
Property Crimes per 1,000: 24.71
10. Columbia Falls
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .84
Property Crimes per 1,000: 27.63

Thursday, February 19th 2015
Montana Listed As #5 In "Well-Being"
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Alaska residents had the highest well-being in the nation in 2014, reaching the top spot for the first time since Gallup and Healthways began tracking well-being in 2008. West Virginia and Kentucky rank 50th and 49th, respectively, for the sixth consecutive year. Hawaii and Colorado are on the top 10 list of highest well-being states for the seventh consecutive year.
State - Rank
Alaska - 64.7
Hawaii - 64.5
South Dakota - 64.3
Wyoming - 63.9
Montana - 63.7
Colorado - 63.2
Nebraska - 63.1
Utah - 62.9
New Mexico - 62.8
Texas - 62.8
Thursday, February 19th 2015
CMR Group To Meet Today
The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (CMR NWR) Community Working Group will meet Thurs. Feb. 19th at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center from 10a.m. – 3p.m. The discussion will be on the keys to sustainability for the region surrounding the CMR & the potential for community led conservation efforts. Lunch is available for $7 per person. The public is encouraged to attend & provide input as the group seeks to influence the vitality & sustainability of the 6-county region surrounding the CMR NWR. For more information, call Rachel Frost, 406-454-0056 or visit CM-Russell-NWR-Community-Working-Group on Facebook.
Wednesday, February 18th 2015
Right-to-die opposition bill fails in Montana House Of Representatives
HELENA (AP) – A bill that would allow doctors to be criminally prosecuted for prescribing life-ending medication to terminally ill patients who ask for it failed Tuesday by a narrow vote in the House.

House Bill 328 was rejected 51-49 after a lengthy debate.

State Representatives Austin Knudsen and Mike Lange voted for the legislation which would allow doctors to be criminally prosecuted for prescribing life-ending medication to terminally ill patients who ask for it.

The Legislature has struggled to clarify that the practice is specifically legal or illegal since the Montana Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that nothing in state law prohibits physicians from giving aid in dying. The high court also said at the time that doctors could use a patient’s request for the medication as a defense against any criminal charges.

Rep. Brad Tschida, R-Missoula, sponsored the bill and said it would not take away a person’s choice to die, but it would disallow a doctor’s involvement in the process. “Suicide is a solo act. But if another person takes part it is a homicide,” he said, referring to Montana law.

Opponents said the Legislature should not interfere in decisions made by a doctor and a patient. “Dying is very difficult and sometimes painful, and as a Legislature we have no business interfering with this very personal process,” said Democratic Rep. Tom Woods of Bozeman.

A competing bill aiming to prohibit the prosecution of doctors who prescribe such medication and give doctors guidelines in these situations has been tabled in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 202, introduced by Democratic Sen. Dick Barrett of Missoula, also would give terminally ill patients the right to request medication to end their life. It’s the third time Barrett has introduced legislation to delineate parameters for aid in helping a person to die.

Without formal laws guiding the procedure, no state reporting is required in Montana, and it is unknown how common the practice is. A Missoula doctor said in a public hearing at the Capitol earlier this month that he has been involved in about 10 cases.

Wednesday, February 18th 2015
Gasoline Prices Edge Upward
The price of gasoline is starting to edge upward after the price of regular unleaded gasoline nationwide had fallen below $2.00 a gallon in many locations.

AAA is reporting that the nationwide average is now $2.26 a gallon which is up 5 cents in the last week and up 20 cents in the last month.

Montana continues to have some of the lowest priced gasoline in the nation. AAA is reporting that Montana has a price of $1.98 per gallon which is up 4 cents in the last week but is down 4 cents in the last month.

Only 3 states have gasoline below $2.00 a gallon. Montana, Utah and Idaho are all below the $2.00 threshold.

Wednesday, February 18th 2015
No Candidates For Glasgow School Board
The Glasgow School District will have their annual school election on May 5th and voters will have an opportunity to elect 2 Trustees to the Glasgow School Board.

As of February 17th, there were no candidates who had filed the necessary paperwork to be a candidate for the Glasgow School Board.

The two incumbents whose terms are ending this year are Alison Molvig and Nick Dirkes.

The deadline to file for the Glasgow School Board is March 26th.

Saturday, February 14th 2015
Employers offer Scholarship
Scholarship applications are now available from the Glasgow Job Service Employers’ Committee (JSEC) to any Valley County high school senior who is going on to college, technical school or other training after completing their high school education or equivalency.

Funding is provided by Valley County employers who share the JSEC desire to educate future workers. Applications can be picked up from any high school counselor or the Job Service Office at 74 4th Street North. Applications are due in the Job Service Office by 5:00 pm Monday, March 2.

Award amounts vary depending on donations received, but typically are about $500 according to Stacey Amundson, JSEC Chair. For more information, contact Stacey at 228-2476 or the Glasgow Job Service at 228-3926.

Saturday, February 14th 2015
New FWP License Year Begins March 1
Montana's 2015 hunting and fishing licenses—including conservation, fishing, spring black bear and turkey, upland game bird, deer and elk hunting licenses—are available now at all Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices and license providers.

March 1 begins the new 2015 license year for Montana hunters and anglers. The new license year is especially important for early-season anglers, and for those who enjoy ice fishing.

Most 2015 licenses are also available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "Buy A License".

Resident deer and elk permit applications and information—and nonresident big game, deer and elk combination licenses and permit applications—are also available now online at fwp.mt.gov; click March 16: Deer & Elk Permits.

The application deadline is March 16.

May 1 is the deadline to apply for moose, sheep, goat and bison licenses and June 1 for antlerless deer B and elk B licenses and antelope and antelope B licenses.

Saturday, February 14th 2015
Ice Fishing Safety Reminders
While ice fishing is a popular outdoor sport in Montana this time of year, anglers must be aware of local conditions that can impact the stability of the ice from one day to the next.

For some potentially life-saving ice saftey tips, visit Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' website at fwp.mt.gov; click the Recreation tab, then Snow & Ice under Stay Safe Outdoors.

Here are some safety reminders for ice anglers:
• Before you leave home, tell someone where you plan to fish and when you plan to return.
• Go with a friend and walk apart when going to and from fishing spots in case one of you falls through the ice.
• Wear ice cleats to avoid falls.
• Test the ice ahead of you with an ice spud bar.
• Carry a pair of long spikes or commercial ice-fishing picks on a heavy string placed around your neck. If you break through the ice, use the spikes to grip the ice and pull yourself out of the water.
• Carry a rope to throw to someone who falls through the ice.
• Don’t leave children unsupervised on the ice.
• Blue ice is usually hard. Watch out for opaque, gray, dark or porous spots in the ice that could be weak, soft areas. Ice also tends to thin more quickly at the shoreline.
• Watch for pressure ridges—areas of open water or thin ice where the ice has cracked and heaved.
• Most unsafe ice usually occurs early and late in the season, when the weather is warmer.

Saturday, February 14th 2015
FWP Seeking Public Comment on Fresno Reservoir WMA Grazing Proposal
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on a proposal to modify and extend the existing grazing lease on the Fresno Reservoir Wildlife Management Area near Havre for six more years.

The grazing system on the WMA would be expanded to include adjacent private and leased property. The proposed expansion examined in an environmental assessment would decrease the time WMA pastures are grazed in a given year and increase the number of years when pastures receive year-long rest.

A public hearing to discuss the proposal and take public comment is set for 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Hill County Electric Hospitality Room, 2121 U.S. Highway 2 West in Havre.

Comments are due by 5 p.m. on March 5. For more information, or to comment online, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov, click the "News" tab then click "Public Notices."

Comments can also be emailed to Scott Hemmer at shemmer@mt.gov or mailed to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; Attn: Fresno Reservoir WMA Grazing Lease Extension; 2165 U.S. Highway 2 East; Havre, MT 59501.

A copy of the EA can be obtained by contacting the FWP Havre Area Office at 405-265-6177, or by emailing
shemmer@mt.gov.

The primary goal of the Fresno WMA is to manage wetland, riparian and upland habitats for the benefit of wildlife, and to provide public opportunity for outdoor recreation, including hunting, trapping and bird watching

Saturday, February 14th 2015
Planning A Snowmobiling Trip? Remember To Be Cautious
Traditional winter snows heading to Montana over the coming weeks and months will likely be accompanied by avalanche danger due to fresh and unstable snow.

Snowmobile riders, cross country skiers, and other participants in winter recreation need to be cautious. Safety tips include:
• Only one snowmobile rider should be on the slope at a time.
• Learn to recognize and understand avalanche-prone terrain—including any slope steeper than 30 degrees.
• Observe the slope orientation with respect to the sun and the wind.
• Be cautious of cornices.
• Travel with a partner and carry the appropriate rescue gear.
• Practice using an avalanche beacon.
These online avalanche centers are popular places for outdoor adventurers to visit for continuous updates on conditions:
Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC)
Glacier Country Avalanche Center (GCAC)
Missoula Regional Avalanche Advisory

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks also offers a handy online guide to avalanche resources on its website at fwp.mt.gov click the Recreation tab, then Snow & Ice under Stay Safe Outdoors.

Thursday, February 12th 2015
Canada's U.S. ambassador sends Kerry letter bemoaning Keystone 'distortions'
WASHINGTON — The Canadian government has accused a U.S. federal agency of a dishonest intervention in the Keystone XL pipeline debate, voicing its displeasure in a combative diplomatic letter.

Ambassador Gary Doer said the Environmental Protection Agency used out-of-date data, worst-case scenarios, and erroneous comparisons in its submission on the pipeline.

"One is left with the conclusion that there has been significant distortion and omission to arrive at the EPA's conclusion," Doer wrote in a letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry, the cabinet member in charge of the file.

The missive was released as the pipeline saga opened a new chapter Wednesday: the U.S. Congress passed a pro-Keystone bill for the first time, setting the stage for a possible showdown with the Obama administration.

Doer urged the administration to consider the project on its merits — and treat the EPA claims with skepticism.

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Thursday, February 12th 2015
Montana Legislative Committee Kills Bill That Would Have Tightened Montana's Indecent Exposure Law
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana legislative panel has moved to kill a bill that would tighten the state's indecent exposure law and consequently ban some provocative clothing.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to table House Bill 365 Wednesday. Republican Rep. David Moore introduced it on Tuesday.

The proposal would have expanded the definition of indecent exposure to include garments that give the appearance of a person's buttocks, genitals, pelvis or female nipple. Moore said the bill could outlaw some provocative clothing, and later said he thinks yoga pants should be illegal in public.

The bill was drafted in response to a naked bicycling event in Missoula last summer.

Thursday, February 12th 2015
Montana Legislative Committee Hears Bill That Would Allow People With Concealed Weapon Permits To Take Concealed Guns Into Bars And Banks
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican lawmakers have proposed three bills in the House Judiciary Committee to augment Montana gun laws.

Rep. Kerry White's House Bill 371 would allow people with concealed carry licenses to take concealed guns into bars and banks. Opponents say the measure could also allow for guns in schools.

Rep. Bill Harris' House Bill 298 would nullify Montana's concealed carry permit system.

The least contested of the three, Rep. Carl Glimm's House Bill 320, would remove an existing requirement for school boards to automatically expel any student who takes a gun to school. It aims to protect young hunters who leave guns locked in their trunks.

Committee members took no immediate action on the bills Wednesday. Last week they passed a bill that would prohibit enforcement of federal gun laws in Montana.

Wednesday, February 11th 2015
Wanted Man From Roosevelt County Apprehended In Valley County
The Montana Highway Patrol and the Valley County Sheriff’s Office yesterday captured a man who was wanted in Roosevelt County for resisting arrest and was on felony probation after fleeing the county in late December of 2014. Jason Daniel Daugherty was arrested in Frazer on Tuesday evening after fleeing from officers of the Valley County Sheriff's Office and Montana Highway Patrol.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 that Daugherty was charged with obstruction of a peace officer, failure to register as a viloent offender, resisting arrest and Montana Probation and Parole also had a warrant for him out of Roosevelt County.

Daugherty was convicted in 2010 on the felony charge of criminal possession of precursors to dangerous drugs in McCone County and also operation of a clandestine drug laboratory in Roosevelt County in 2010. . Also, in 2001 he was convicted in McCone County on the felony charge of burglary.

Daugherty is currently incarcerated in Valley County Detention Center.

Wednesday, February 11th 2015
Montana Legislator Seeks To Strengthen State's Indecent Exposure Law
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana lawmaker is seeking to strengthen the state's indecent exposure law, stopping just short of his wish to outlaw yoga pants.

Rep. David Moore on Tuesday introduced House Bill 365 in the House Judiciary Committee in response to a group of naked bicyclists who rolled through Missoula in August.

The proposal would expand indecent exposure law to include any garment that "gives the appearance or simulates" a person's buttocks, genitals, pelvic area or female nipple.

The Republican from Missoula says tight-fitting beige clothing could be considered indecent exposure under his proposal. He says he wouldn't have a problem with people being arrested for wearing provocative clothing but that he'd trust law enforcement officials to use their discretion.

Moore says he believes yoga pants and men's Speedo-style swim briefs should be illegal in public.

Tuesday, February 10th 2015
New Elementary School Will Be Ready Students In August
Glasgow School Superintendent Bob Connors told Kltz/Mix-93 that construction on the new elementary school is on schedule and will be ready for students the first day of school in August of this year.

Connors said that the new school will be ready for students and abatement of the old school will be completed in August. The old school will be demolished and a parking lot and playground will be built on its present location.

The new elementary school will be a k-5 school while the East Side School will hold grades 6-8 and the high school will go back to holding grades 9-12.

Glasgow School District voters will vote on the naming of the new elementary school during the May school election. Voters will have the choice of keeping Irle Elementary or changing to Glasgow Elementary.

Tuesday, February 10th 2015
Governor Bullock Announces Grant Awards to Montana Communities to Help Plan for Growth and Development
HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary announced the award of $169,750 to nine communities across Montana through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program at the Montana Department of Commerce.

“These grants help Montana’s cities and counties plan for future growth and development in their regions,” said Governor Bullock. “The projects we are funding will help our community leaders create long-term solutions to critical housing and infrastructure needs.”

The CDBG planning grants will help cities and counties throughout Montana conduct various housing and public facility planning activities, such as the preparation of and updates to local growth policies, housing plans, capital improvement plans, and similar long-range planning documents. Several of the grants awarded will go to communities to complete Capital Improvements Plan and Growth Policies.

“These planning activities are essential for economic and community development success,” said Director Meg O’Leary. “We are glad that the Bullock Administration is able to continue to fund these efforts throughout Montana’s communities and ensuring responsible and resilient growth for the state as a whole.”

RECIPIENTS OF CDBG GRANT FUNDS:

· Town of Columbus, $30,000, Capital Improvements Plan (CIP)
· Sanders County, $20,000, Completion of PAR for Noxon Senior Housing
· Mineral County, $15,000, Update Growth Policy
· Phillips County, $30,000, PAR for Senior Center & Transit Facility in Malta
· Town of Dodson, $5,000, Capital Improvements Plan (CIP)
· City of Harlem, $30,000, Housing Study for Harlem, Malta and Chinook
· City of Chinook, $15,000, Housing Study for Harlem, Malta and Chinook
· Teton County, $9,750, Growth Policy Update
· Judith Basin County, $15,000, Growth Policy

“We are grateful to receive these funds from the State of Montana and appreciate their continued support of critical infrastructure planning elements for our community,” said Lesley Robinson, Phillips County Commissioner. “Because of this grant we will be able to examine the feasibility of a new senior center and transit facility in Phillips County.”

CDBG planning grants are made available annually for award by the Montana Department of Commerce through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Community Development Division at the Montana Department of Commerce awards planning grants to local government applicants. Each eligible entity may receive up to $30,000 in CDBG planning grant funds, which require a 1:3 match with local or other funds.

More information on CDBG planning grants can be accessed through the Community Development Division website at www.comdev.mt.gov/CDBG, or by contacting Gus Byrom, Program Manager, at (406) 841-2777.
Monday, February 9th 2015
Senator Tester Secures Funding For Dry Prairie Water System In Northeast Montana
Senator Jon Tester today secured additional funding for the Dry Prairie Water System in Fort Peck and the North Central Montana Regional Water System in Rocky Boy’s.

Dry Prairie Water System in Fort Peck will receive an additional $6.6 million and the North Central Montana Regional Water System in Rocky Boy’s will receive $6.8 million from the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR).

“There is no need more critical to the health of our communities than access to safe, reliable drinking water,” said Tester, Vice Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. “These vital investments in our water infrastructure will improve wellness, boost economic development, and put more folks to work.”

Tester, who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, already secured $3.2 million for the Dry Prairie Water System in Fort Peck and $4 million for North Central Montana Regional Water System in Rocky Boy’s for fiscal year 2015. The additional funds came from BOR’s rural water account.

The Bureau of Reclamation provides local water systems additional funding to construct new water infrastructure and improve water quality for communities in western states.

Monday, February 9th 2015
20th Annual Glasgow Kiwanis Club Science Fair Results
The 20th Annual Glasgow Kiwanis Science was held Saturday and Monday February 7 and 9, 2015 at the Glasgow Eastside School. 35 students presented 23 projects from grades 5, 6 and 8 which were judged by three teams of judges. Students could present projects alone, or as a team of two. Projects were to demonstrate the scientific method by performing an experiment by comparing things. Students could be judged on Saturday or Monday.

Judges were from the Kiwanis Club, National Weather Service, Fish Wildlife and Parks, and local Businesses: Bill Martin, Jeff Remus, Ted Jamba, Rich Malianco, Marc Kloker, Steve Dalbey, Jennifer Fewer, Amber Swindler, Sam Fallang, Heidi Fallang, Pete Helland, and Arnold Hill.

Dr. Charles Wilson was the fair coordinator, assisted by Sam Fallang of CHMS. Judging was difficult since there were so many excellent projects exhibited as always. The top finishers were:

Fifth Grade:
Kate Parks, first place for Nice Ice
Blake Lloyd and Bergen Miller, second place for Match – Got a Light
Kodi Schulz and Nora Neumiller, third place for Potato Battery Experiment
Sixth Grade:
Meranda Bechel and Hannah Toavs, first place for Can Bacteria Eat Oil Stains?
Calvin Bengochea, second place for What Wood is Best in a Baseball Bat?
Emma Miller, third place for Goin' the Distance
Eighth Grade:
Adele Chalmers, first place for Plant Life


Thanks also go to school personnel, teachers, and parents for their support. The Kiwanis Club awarded ribbons. The first three winning projects in grades 5 and 6 received $60 , $40 and $20 in Glasgow Chamber “Big Bucks” courtesy of the F. M. Deaconess Hospital and the Glasgow Kiwanis Club, shared if a team. The eight grade winner received $100 in “Big Bucks”. The winners will present their projects to the Kiwanis Club at the Eastside school on Wednesday March 25 during the noon hour. The school selects those students which they will send on to compete at the regional Science Fair at Havre. The judges' comment sheets can be used to improve their projects for those who go on to a higher level of competition.

Friday, February 6th 2015
Hunter Education Classes Offered

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Glasgow and Hinsdale areas. To be eligible to hunt during the 2015 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16th, 2016. To be eligible for certification, students must be at least 11-years old on the first day of the class.

The first class in Glasgow will be the week of March 2nd-6th from 5:30-8:30 pm at Eastside School, with the field day on Saturday, the 7th, from 8:00-11:30 am.

The second class in Glasgow will be the week of March 23rd-27th from 5:30-8:30 pm at Eastside School, with the field day on Saturday, the 28th, from 8:00-11:30 am.

The Hinsdale class will be held the week of March 16th-20th, from 3:30-6:30 pm at Hinsdale Schools, with the field day on Saturday, the 21st, from 10:00-12:30 pm.

In addition, a tentative date for a Bowhunter Education course has been scheduled for the 6-11th of April. A prospective bowhunter may still apply for special archery permits (due March 16th) and take the bowhunter course in April. Stay tuned for further information on the Bowhunter course.

For the Hunter Education classes, please go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov to register. Look under the “Education” tab, go to the “Hunter Education” heading, and click on the “Hunter education programs” link. On the next screen, click on the “Find a class or field course” and follow the directions from there. Please make sure to print out all necessary material, and sign all necessary forms!

If you have any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.

Thursday, February 5th 2015
Local Senators Support Legislation To Allow People To Carry Concealed Weapons On College Campuses In Montana
HELENA — The state Senate narrowly endorsed a bill Wednesday that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses in Montana.

Sen. Cary Smith, R-Billings, said with some exceptions, the measure would prohibit restrictions on guns on state university property.

Under Smith's Senate Bill 143, Montana's board of regents would keep the authority to regulate the firing of guns and possession at campus events where alcohol is served. They also could regulate guns in dorms if a gun owner's roommates don't give permission to keep a gun there. It would also allow some regulation on taking a weapon out of a holster, pointing it at a person and how weapons are secured.

"People say you can't have guns on campus because it causes shootings," Smith said. "I would argue it prevents some of these tragedies."

Sen. Kristin Hansen, R-Havre, said women should be able to carry guns on campus for protection.

"College campuses are full of dark pathways and large parking lots," she said. "I don't think there are a ton of women who want to carry a gun, but I do think there are some, and the Constitution gives them the right to do so."

Opposing senators said college is not the place for guns.

Sen. Mary McNally, a faculty member at Montana State University Billings, said current regulations put in place by the board of regents work.

"I find campuses to be quite safe," the Democrat said. "I think women know how to take care of themselves."

Sen. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip, said he's taken a thumping on his NRA rating over opposing similar previous bills but he remains in opposition.

"When there is a shooting on campus and the SWAT team comes in ... SWAT don't know who friendlies are and they're going to go down," he said about armed students who try to handle a situation themselves.

Senators endorsed the measure 25-24, making it unclear whether it will pass and move to the House upon a final vote expected this week.

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed a similar bill in 2013, saying guns and college campuses don't mix.

Seven states — Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin — allow the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Thursday, February 5th 2015
Attorneys: Beach should be re-sentenced with age considered
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for a Montana State Prison inmate serving a 100-year sentence without the possibility of parole in a 1979 homicide are arguing he should be resentenced under U.S. Supreme Court rulings that found juveniles can't be held to the same standards of moral culpability as adults.

Peter Camiel asked the Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday to find that a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring judges to consider mitigating factors before sentencing a juvenile to life in prison without the possibility of parole applies in Barry Beach's case. He asks that Beach be re-sentenced for the 1979 death of Kimberly Nees of Poplar.

The state argues that a pre-sentence investigation adequately considered those factors, including that Beach was 17 at the time of the murder.

The Supreme Court took the arguments under advisement.

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Wednesday, February 4th 2015
Wolf Point man sentenced for stomping death
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A 42-year-old Wolf Point man has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for stomping and beating a man to death.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris sentenced Mervin Hale Jr. on Tuesday. Hale previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the March 2014 death of 47-year-old Laramie Wallace. Wallace died of internal bleeding due to a lacerated liver two days after the beating that left him with a shoe print on his face.

Court records say Hale was reportedly upset because Wallace owed him money and because Wallace's girlfriend had complained about Wallace hurting her in some way.
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Wednesday, February 4th 2015
Two Place At State Speech & Drama
Two competitors for the Glasgow Speech & Drama team placed at the state meet in Ennis last weekend.

Mariah Holter took 4th in Pantomime and Andrea Hansen took 8th in Extemporaneous Speaking

Rachel Overby, Ethan Jamba, and Amy Nelson all made it to the semi-finals, but didn't quite make it to finals.

All friends, family and parents of Speech and Drama competitors are invited to the awards dinner on Thursday, February 5th at 6 p.m. at the GHS cafeteria.

Tuesday, February 3rd 2015
Grain Bin Bursts In Wolf Point
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 40,000-bushel grain bin split open in northeastern Montana, spilling about half of its contents on the ground.

Jeff VanPevenage, the senior vice president and general manager for Columbia Grain's Montana Division, says the bin split open during the night Saturday.

He tells The Billings Gazette that no one was at the Gavilon Grain facility in Wolf Point when the nearly full bin broke. No injuries were reported. A cause of the failure has not been determined.

VanPevenage says the wheat on the ground is valued at about $6 per bushel. He says the company likely will vacuum up the grain and run it through its cleaning facility, limiting the loss.

He did not have an estimate of how much it would cost to repair or replace the grain bin.

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Tuesday, February 3rd 2015
Advocates: Dams put dinosaur-like river fish at risk
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates say an endangered, dinosaur-like fish is at risk of being eliminated from key habitat in two rivers in Montana and North Dakota because of dams that disrupt spawning.

Defenders of Wildlife and the Natural Resources Defense Council on Monday filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge in Montana to order new steps to protect pallid sturgeon.

Representatives of the groups say Fort Peck Dam on the Missouri River and Intake Diversion Dam on the Yellowstone River prevent sturgeon from successfully breeding.

The suit names several federal agencies as defendants.

Pallid sturgeon can live up to 50 years and reach up to 6 feet in length. They survived millions of years before a series dams built along the Missouri River system drove them into decline.

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Tuesday, February 3rd 2015
"Backpacker" Magazine Edges Out "Outdoor Life"
Backpacker magazine took home the Columbia Journalism School National Magazine Award at a presentation Monday night in New York City. Outdoor Life magazine, whose Editor-In-Chief is Andrew McKean, was nominated for a National Magazine Award in the "Leisure Interests" category.

The National Magazine Awards honor print and digital publications that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative techniques, noteworthy journalistic enterprise and imaginative art direction. Established in 1966, the awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and are administered by ASME.

Tuesday, February 3rd 2015
January Climate Report
National Weather Service Glasgow Mt
Climate normal period 1981 to 2010
Climate record period 1893 to 2015
The month ofJanuary was both warmer and wetter than normal. The average temperature was 19.5 degrees, 5.7 degrees above normal. The average high for the month was 29.3 degrees, with an average low of 9.7 degrees.

The high temperature reached 40 degrees or warmer on eleven days, the warmest being on the 26th and 27th when the high reached 51 degrees. Only eleven days had low temperatures of zero or colder. The coldest day was the 4th, with a low of 19 below. Three records were set during the month. On the 4th the low of 19 degrees below zero surpassed a record minimum for that date. On the 26th and 27th record maximums were set when the highs reached 51 degrees.

0.80 inch of moisture fell in Glasgow during January...which was 0.43 inch above normal. The month was the 20th wettest January on record. Measurable precipitation fell on eleven days during the month. The most fell on the 31st with a measurement of 0.17 inch.

20.5 inches of snow fell during the month, making it the 6th highest total snowfall in January on record. A daily snowfall record was set on the 5th when 6.7 inches was recorded. Average snowfall for the month of January is 8.0 inches.

The wind gusted to 30 mph or greater on nine days. The peak gust for the month was 55 mph on the 8th.

Looking ahead to February, normal highs for the month begin in the mid 20s and end in the lower 30s. Normal lows for the month start out around 6 degrees, winding up the month in the mid teens. Average moisture of the month is 0.26 inch, while the average snowfall is 4.4 inches.

Monday, February 2nd 2015
Applications Now Available For This Year’s VCCF Grants
The Valley County Community Foundation will award its annual grants this spring, grant committee chair Sam Waters announced this week. The average dollar amount for last year’s grants was just over $1,700, with grants ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $3,553.

Applications forms and guidelines are available at the VCCF website, www.valleycountycf.net, and at First Community Bank in Glasgow. Hard copy applications must be postmarked by March 13. Only applications that are complete and received on time will be considered. Following completion of the project, grantees are required to submit a summary report that includes receipts for purchases and pictures of the project.

VCCF provides grants to non-profit organizations working on projects in five areas: arts and culture, basic human needs, economic development, education, and natural resources and conservation. Grants have been awarded to projects in all parts of Valley County, Waters said, adding that over the years, competition for grant dollars has increased.

Annual grants are funded by earnings from the VCCF endowment, which is invested with the Montana Community Foundation. MCF is a statewide organization that helps local communities and non-profit organizations raise and administer charitable gifts.

In addition to grants to the community, VCCF is caretaker of two scholarship funds. The Feda Scholarship for the Trades will be awarded in May to a 2015 graduate of a Valley County high school. The Charlotte and Clarence Fuhrman Memorial Scholarship will be awarded this summer to Valley County graduates who have completed one year of post-secondary study. Check the VCCF website for application requirements and due dates on both of these scholarships.

Monday, February 2nd 2015
Hi-Line Gobblers Conservation Banquet Slated For Feb. 21
Glasgow, MT — The Hi-Line Gobblers ninth annual fundraising banquet is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21, at the St. Raphael’s Parish Center gymnasium on Glasgow’s north side.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and a prime rib dinner catered by the VFW and the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary will follow at 6 p.m.

The annual banquet presented by the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is the premiere upland bird event of the year in northeastern Montana. A wide variety of wildlife art, wildlife-themed home furnishings and décor, and over two dozen firearms will be auctioned or raffled at the event, all to raise funds to support wildlife conservation along the Hi-Line and upland bird habitat across Montana.

The NWTF, both nationally and locally, is committed to wildlife habitat, beginning hunters of any age, and ensuring that recreational access remains accessible.

All dinner tickets include an annual membership in the NWTF. Single tickets cost $55, couples tickets $75, and youth tickets cost $20. Or you can buy a sponsor couples ticket for $300. Sponsor tables for 8 cost $1,000.

In addition to a wide variety of hunting guns, the NWTF will auction or raffle a number of handguns, tactical firearms, and even airguns for the youngest members.

For the second year, a special gun will be raffled to raise funds for the annual Barb Marsh Memorial Scholarship. The late Barb Marsh and her partner Joe Younkin have been supporters of the Hi-Line Gobblers from the group’s inception, and proceeds from the firearm funds an annual scholarship to a college-bound Valley County student.

In all, more than 25 guns will be available at the banquet. This is the 9th annual fundraising banquet for the Hi-Line Gobblers, a volunteer conservation organization committed to improving habitat for turkeys and other upland game birds, opening hunting access, and promoting 2nd Amendment rights and our hunting heritage.

The early-bird deadline for ticket purchases is Feb. 14. Tickets may be available at the door, but to ensure a spot, reserve advance tickets from any Hi-Line Gobblers committee member.

Monday, February 2nd 2015
As Canadian dollar drops, concerns rise for Montana economy
(Information in the following story is from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The tumbling value of Canada's currency has business owners and communities in northern Montana concerned.

Plagued primarily by plummeting oil prices, the Canadian dollar reached its lowest value in six years recently. That means Canadians must spend more on American goods and services.

The Flathead Beacon reports that more than 913,000 Canadians visited Montana annually in recent years, collectively spending $275 million on average.

Concerns about reduced Canadian spending cast a cloud over this past week's annual Flathead Valley Economic Forecast event at Flathead Valley Community College.

Brad Eldredge is director of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning at the college.

Eldredge described the situation as one of the largest risks facing the local economy in 2015.

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Friday, January 30th 2015
Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate has passed a bipartisan bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The 62-36 vote on Thursday advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, which championed the legislation despite a presidential veto threat. Keystone is the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

The measure fell short of the threshold needed to override a veto. It also needs to be reconciled with the House version.

The bill authorizes construction of the nearly 1,200-mile pipeline to carry oil primarily from Canada's tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries.

Critics argue the $8 billion project would spell disaster for global warming. Supporters call it a jobs bill that would boost energy security.
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Wednesday, January 28th 2015
Skip Erickson And Deb Partridge To Be Recognized At Glasgow Chamber Awards Night
The 2015 Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture Awards Night and Dueling Pianos Road Show, sponsored by Cape Air and Cellular Plus, will be held Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at the Glasgow Elks Club. A no host appetizer buffet and social will begin at 5:30pm, awards at 7:00pm followed by the dueling pianos road show at 7:30pm.

An awards ceremony will be held during the evening for recipients followed by a short program regarding our past year in review.

Deb Partridge will be named The Volunteer of the Year for 2015 and will be recognized for her dedication and involvement with key Chamber events.

Skip Erickson will be given The President’s Award. This award places an emphasis on community involvement and dedication.

Deb Partridge is a Valley County native who graduated from Libby High School but then moved back to Glasgow and worked for Valley Bank for 24 years. Deb has served on the Chamber Board and stayed involved with chamber events by volunteering. Deb has been an invaluable volunteer for the Montana Governor's Cup Walleye Tourney for 15 years, has helped with the ice fishing tournament, Blues and Brews, Feather Fest, Rock the Block, Highland Games and many more. Deb Partridge believes that Chamber sponsored events are a very important part of our community and bringing people in from all over the country to experience the Glasgow area.

Skip Erickson is a Nashua native who graduated from Nashua High School in 1966. Erickson was appointed by Senator Mike Mansfield to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York and graduated from there in 1970. Skip sailed the world for three years and retired a ships captain. Skip came back to Glasgow in 1973 and went to work for United Insurance and Realty, eventually becoming a partner in the company. Skip's involvement with the community is long and distinguished including being a 40-year member of the Glasgow Kiwanis Club, President of Valley County Sportsmen's Club, President and Board Member of Two Rivers Economic Development, President of Glasgow/Valley county Planning Board, President of Glasgow Rural Development Program, President and Board Member of FMDH Foundation, Board member of Valley County Detention Center and was appointed by former Governor Marc Racicot as a original member of Private Land/Public Wildlife Council. As a sportsman, Skip has traveled the world collecting an incredible variety of wildlife. He currently is working on the "World Wildlife Experience" which will showcase his collected wildlife at the Northeast Montana Children's Museum. The exhibit isn't quite done but there are currently 130-140 animals/fish/reptiles and birds on display.

We invite you to join us for a fun-filled night honoring citizens of Valley County and the Glasgow community at the 2015 Annual Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture social/awards night and the Dueling Piano Road Show.

The cost is $25.00 per person or $45.00 per couple. Advanced tickets are available at the Chamber office and KLTZ/KLAN or at the door for $30.00 per person. You do NOT need to be a member to attend. Take this opportunity and join us for a fun-filled evening of entertainment and honoring individuals who wish to promote our local economy and community.

Wednesday, January 28th 2015
Valley County December Unemployment Rate at 3.1%
HELENA – Montana’s unemployment rate continued its decline in December, down 0.1 percentage points to 4.2 percent. The unemployment rate has decreased by over a full percentage point during 2014. The U.S. unemployment rate declined to 5.6 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate remains over a point above Montana’s rate, but has also decreased by over a full percentage point over the year.

“Montana finished 2014 with more employment growth, which will likely put the year into the history books as one of the strongest years for our economy,” Governor Steve Bullock said, “With our state’s strong economy, I remain committed to building on that strength to ensure that all Montanans feel the benefits of this growing prosperity.”

“Montana’s economy is continuing its momentum and promising a good year in 2015” said Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy. “Although we continue to monitor economic performance for any negative impacts from falling oil prices, employment growth in all other industries continues unabated. We will continue to work with businesses to recruit and develop good workers in this low unemployment environment.”

Montana’s total employment levels increased by 829 jobs over the last month, with 12,663 jobs added since last December. These preliminary numbers indicate strong job growth of 2.6 percent in 2014, placing the year in the top quartile for employment growth since 1980. Total employment estimates include payroll employment, plus agricultural and self-employed workers. Payroll employment estimates indicate a gain of 3,100 jobs over the month, with large gains in the construction industry.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) fell sharply by 0.4 percent in December due to a drop in oil and fuel prices. The gasoline index declined 9.4 percent over the month. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, was unchanged over the month.

The unemployment rate for Valley County in December was 3.1%. There were 3897 people employed in Valley County in December which is up 40 jobs in the past year.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015
Speech & Drama Team Does Well At Divisionals
Divisionals in Plentywood this last weekend were extremely competitive and our kids faced serious challenges qualifying for state in Ennis this weekend, but of the 14 competitors that we took to Divisionals 8 are continuing on to state.

Amy Nelson took 6th in Original Oratory
Morgan Miller took 6th in Humorous Oral Interp
Rachel Overby took 5th in Humorous Solo
Felicity Soper and Maria Morris took 4th in Serious Duo
Andrea Hansen took 3rd in Extemp
Mariah Holter took 2nd in Mime
Ethan Jamba took 1st in Serous Oral Interp

Friday, January 23rd 2015
Funding For Ag Producers Available
The USDA-NRCS would like to announce the availability of funding for those producers who live along the hi line.

Funding is available for:

Expiring and/or expired CRP ground to assist with grazing infrastructure which includes livestock watering facilities and fencing

Restoring marginally productive croplands back to grasslands and wetlands; and

Sustaining intact grasslands and wetlands in their current condition

Sign up deadline is February 20, 2015. Please stop into the local service center or call Tracy @ 228-4321 ext 126.

Thursday, January 22nd 2015
Escaped Convict Believed To Be In Northeast Montana
Authorities are looking for an escapee from the Warm Springs Addiction Treatment and Change program.

Eric Fowler,33, escaped from the facility about 7 p.m. Monday after two holes were cut in a chain-link fence in the recreation area, said WATCh administrator Alex Vukovich.

Law enforcement authorities believe that Fowler might be in the Glasgow, Poplar or Wolf Point areas.

It's the first escape in the facility's 13-year history, Vukovich said, adding that 2,700 people have graduated from the program.

Fowler was serving time at WATCh for felony DUI out of Sheridan County in northeastern Montana. He also has been sentenced in Valley County and has served time in Montana State Prison for failure to register as a sexual offender and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

He is 6-foot-3, 250 pounds with brown hair.

Vukovich said the area where the fence was cut is just out of sight of security cameras. He added that the program doesn't "keep cutting tools'' on the premises and that the investigation continues as to how the escape occurred.

Fowler had come to WATCh this month for the six-month treatment program. Vukovich said people must apply to be accepted into the program.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Eric Fowler you are urged to contact law enforcement authorities immediately.

WATCh treats felony (fourth and subsequent) DUI offenders. The facility is located in a separate building on the Montana State Hospital campus at Warm Springs, 23 miles north of Butte.

Wednesday, January 21st 2015
Valley County Jail Roster Now Includes Pictures Of Each Inmate
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier has announced that the Valley County Jail roster is now updated daily and includes pictures of each inmate. The jail roster may be accessed at http://www.valleycountysheriff.net/jailrost.html

Sheriff Meier also announced the the Valley County Jail recently has been reaching capacity with 33 inmates at one time last week. The detention center was built to hold 30 inmates. Custer County has a contract with Valley County to hold their inmates but that contract is set to end in June. Meier said that the jail will still be busy with inmates from Phillips County, Daniels County, Sheridan County and McCone County residing in the Valley County Jail.

Wednesday, January 21st 2015
GNDC to give “Business of the Year” Award
Great Northern Development Corporation would like to honor a regional business with “Business of the Year” for 2014. The business would receive an award plaque, free registration to the “Invest in Success” small business conference and a $500 stipend for lodging and travel to Helena on April 29 & 30. The business will also receive a booth at the conference trade show to promote and sell their products.

A condition for applying for this award is being a Small Business Development Center or a loan client in good standing with GNDC. Please submit a letter of interest to GNDC/SBDC by February 15, 2015 to tell us of the accomplishments your business has achieved (or one that you would like to nominate) and why they should receive this honor.

In your letter highlight events of your success: history & background business, challenges you’ve overcome, how your business grown in size or profitability, jobs retained or created, SBDC assistance, and other accomplishments you consider worthy. Letters should be no longer than two pages; they will be judged by the staff at GNDC. The winner will be announced by March 1, 2015.

Mail your letter of interest to GNDC/SBDC 233 Cascade, Wolf Point, MT 59201. Contact Lorene Hintz, SBDC Director at 406-653-2590 or sbdc@gndc.org for more information.

Wednesday, January 21st 2015
Interview With Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors
Stan Ozark visited with Glasgow School Superintendent Bob Connors on Tuesday and talked about several issues including the building projects, school election, Common Core and adult education.

Here is the complete interview:

Bob Connors interview

Wednesday, January 21st 2015
Crime Statistics Released By Valley County Sheriff's Office
Crime was up in some categories and down in others in 2013 according to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier.

Meier told Kltz/Miz-93 News that comparing 2013-2014 shows that in the category of crimes against person that the numbers show a 55% decrease. The number of simple assault charges fell from 35 to 18 in 2014 according to the statistics. These numbers are for the Valley County Sheriff's Office and does not include the Glasgow Police Department.

Under the category of crimes against people, crime is up 44% compared to 2013. This would include crimes such as burglary, larceny, fraud and destruction of property.

Under the category of crimes against society, crime was up 76%. This includes drug and narcotic violations.

Under the category of group b crimes, crime was down 7%. This includes bad checks, curfew, disorderly conduct, and liquor law violations.

In fact, the Valley County Sheriff's Office wrote fewer DUI tickets in 2014 compared to 2013. The total number of DUI's in Valley County in 2014 was 32 compared to 39 in the year 2013.

Tuesday, January 20th 2015
Harold H. and Irene W. Smith Honored With Gift to GHS Educational Trust
The sons of Harold H. and Irene W. Smith have proudly made a gift to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust in honor of their parents, pointing out there is hardly a more fitting tribute to Harold and Irene’s memory than supporting the continued education of Glasgow students as they move on to studies at the college level.

As publisher of The Glasgow Courier for nearly a decade before his retirement in 1972, Harold stood for high standards in writing and reporting, and instituted a major modernization of the Courier plant from the old “hot type” method of printing to the photographic-based “offset” lithography printing. Harold was born in a newspaper family in Kansas, and received his degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. He always emphasized to his sons the importance of being well-read as a means to succeed in any profession, and even in his retired years he, along with Irene, volunteered his services regularly to help Glasgow children work on developing their reading skills. Harold brought to Glasgow vast experience in journalism, having previously owned and published newspapers in Colorado (where he met Irene), Nebraska, Idaho, and California, and Irene brought to the Courier her strong skills in organization and business management which she had developed over the years.

Irene also was a life-long musician, and the church life of Glasgow greatly benefited from her accomplished playing of the organ and piano. Harold and Irene both loved American history, and Irene, along with her sons Brad, Spencer, and Barry, became an avid explorer of the Lewis and Clark Trail, studying Lewis and Clark’s journey both in Valley County and elsewhere across the West. Even in her later years when her sight had diminished, Irene was never far from several books on tape, which she listened to regularly. Harold and Irene loved Glasgow and its people, and the gift in their name to the GHS Educational Trust memorializes their goodwill and support of education for a better life.

Whenever the trust receives donations that total $500 or more in honor, recognition, or memory of a particular individual(s), a gift is made to a student or GHS in that person’s name. Donations of $10,000 or more, entitle the donor to an annual naming opportunity in perpetuity.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust is honored to add the names of Harold H. and Irene W. Smith to its permanent list. The first gift in their memory was given to Vanessa Mattfeldt, an English major with an emphasis in Creative Writing at the University of Montana-Missoula for the Spring 2015 semester.

The generous and grateful spirit of the Smiths and their sons is representative of the trust’s many faithful supporters over the 50 years since its inception. Donations both large and small of cash, stocks, and real estate have grown the corpus to over $4.2 million dollars and enabled the trust to truly become what its founders (alumni of the GHS Class of 1938) envisioned: a significant and effective way to assist GHS graduates in the pursuit of their educational dreams and thereby strengthen the fabric of the community and nation.

To date, the trust has used the interest on the corpus to give 2,030 grants valued over $1.7 million dollars to hundreds of GHS alumni attending schools across the nation in very diverse curricula. Many of these students (89%) have received multiple gifts over their courses of study. Nontraditional full-time students who may be completing their degrees through correspondence and online courses are given equal consideration if they meet all of the other requirements which are posted along with the application on the trust’s website at www.ghsedutrust.org. All eligible GHS alumni are strongly encouraged to apply. Application deadlines are July 1st and October 15th of each year.

In addition to the awards made to students attending either college or vocational/technical school, the GHS Educational Trust also purchases equipment and programs for GHS which cannot be financed within the school’s regular budget. Every department of GHS has been awarded gifts, which now total $190, 308.33 in value. These gifts benefit all students and the public at large when it attends events at the school or uses its facilities.
Friday, January 16th 2015
Normal runoff levels expected in Missouri River this year
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water flowing into the Missouri River this spring is expected to be close to normal levels.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it expects 25.6 million acre feet of water to flow into the Missouri River this year. Typically, the river receives 25.2 million acre feet of water.

Going into the year, the Corps has released enough water to make sure that the full flood control portion of the reservoirs along the river is available.

Corps officials will continue to monitor the mountain snowpack levels and spring rain forecasts. At this point, officials expect to offer full navigation on the river at least through the first half of 2015.


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Friday, January 16th 2015
Glasgow Christmas Cash Loan Program Successful
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture had a very successful holiday season with its Annual Christmas Cash program.

The Christmas Cash Script was available starting on October 24, 2014 at First Community Bank in Glasgow/Hinsdale, Valley Bank and Independence Bank. The purpose of the Christmas Cash program is to encourage people in our area to “Shop Locally”. The Glasgow merchants offer a variety of quality products along with outstanding customer service

In 2014, 64 Chamber business members participated in the program with 93 loans totaling $83,035 from Valley Bank, 45 loans totaling $39,000 from FCB, and 25 loans totaling $21,750 from Independence Bank for 163 loans and a total of $143,785 dollars Spent Locally!

In 2013 the Christmas Cash program had 185 loans totaling $159,999.

The Chamber Big Bucks program was also very successful. In November/December 2014 alone over $19,780 of Chamber Big Bucks was purchased from the Chamber office.

With both programs $163,565 was spent LOCALLY during the 2014 Holiday season in Glasgow. The Chamber thanks everybody for participating in these programs and supporting our local merchants! “BUY LOCALLY AND THE BUCK STAYS HERE”

Thursday, January 15th 2015
Governor Bullock Announces Bainville Ratepayers to Save $178,000 from SRF Program Changes
Helena, Mont. – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that ratepayers in Bainville will save $178,257 thanks to changes he made to the State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan program last year. The savings come as part of a new $156,000 SRF loan that was approved to improve the city’s wastewater treatment system, as well as the refinancing of an existing $328,000 to the new lower rate.

“Through strong fiscal management, and a bit of common sense, we’re ensuring ratepayers in Bainville can keep more money in their pockets,” Bullock said of the loan. “We’ll continue to work with local communities to find responsible ways to make critical infrastructure improvements, while saving money for Main Street Montana businesses and customers.

The community, which had a population of 150 in 2008, has seen their population swell to 858 due to growth associated with oil and gas development in the region. The loan will allow the city to make important upgrades to the city’s wastewater system, allowing it to serve a population of 1,500. Through the project, the city will replace a water storage tank and approximately 4,000 feet of outdated cast-iron pipeline. It is scheduled for completion at the end of 2015.

Last year, Bullock reduced the interest rates on loans through the SRF loan program in order to expand local government’s access to capital to make important upgrades to local infrastructure, while saving ratepayers money. He reduced long-term interest rates in this program from 3 percent, to 2.5 percent, and reduced construction interest rates from 3 percent to 1.5 percent. In addition, he reduced the amount of financial reserves communities must hold in order to receive a loan, and reduced the debt service coverage communities must have. These changes were made possible through strong fiscal management at the state level and the state’s sterling bond rating. In their first year, these reduced rates are expected to provide $29 million in additional savings for ratepayers.

The changes to the SRF interest rate were made as part of Bullock’s Main Street Montana Project. This project is building and implementing a business plan for the state of Montana that helps businesses grow, supports job creation, and increases wages. One of the goals of the project is to ensure Montana businesses and communities have an efficient and reliable infrastructure.

Bullock has proposed additional investments in infrastructure in Eastern Montana, including upgrades to roads, bridges and schools. This proposal requires approval from the 2015 Legislature.

The State Revolving Fund loan program, which is administered by DNRC and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), enables Montana communities to upgrade or expand critical drinking or wastewater treatment facilities at the lowest possible cost.

Wednesday, January 14th 2015
Amtrak's Empire Builder back on schedule
(Information in the following story is from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com)

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — Nine months after Amtrak's Empire Builder adjusted its schedule to deal with freight congestion, the passenger rail service has returned the train to its original timetable.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari was in Whitefish Tuesday morning when the eastbound Empire Builder rolled in to the station shortly after 7 a.m. — and 23 minutes early.

Now, Amtrak is working to win back passengers who sought other means of transportation because the trains faced delays caused by freight congestion and track work.

Magliari tells the Flathead Beacon he hopes the lengthy delays of 11 or 12 hours are a thing of the past.

The Empire Builder runs from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

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Wednesday, January 14th 2015
Glasgow High School Graduation Rate Is Above Statewide Average
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's high school graduation rate has risen to 85.4 percent, the highest point since OPI began calculating the rate in 2000.

The number from the 2013 to 2014 school year marks the fourth consecutive year in which the graduation rate has increased. Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced the numbers Tuesday at a Capitol news conference.

Juneau credited the Graduation Matters Montana initiative with spurring communities and schools to work to improve students' college and career readiness. She also announced a new gift of $450,000 from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to fund the program for three more years.

Calculations made by the Alliance for Excellent Education show Montana is likely to see economic gains as a result of 520 additional high school students graduating from 2009-2014.

Here is the graduation rate for area high schools according to the Montana Office of Public Instruction:

Glasgow- 90%
Malta- 94%
Wolf Point- 74%
OPheim- 75%
Nashua- 100%
HInsdale- 100%
Frazer- 85%

Wednesday, January 14th 2015
Corps increases releases due to cold temperatures; normal runoff forecast for 2015
Omaha, Neb. — The U.S Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Water Management Office increased releases from Gavins Point Dam from 17,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 20,000 cfs in late December and early January to offset water lost to ice formation in anticipation of cold temperatures forecasted to enter the basin.

“Extremely cold weather locked Missouri River flows into ice and caused dips in river stages below Gavins Point,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Water Management Division. “Releases will be adjusted, as necessary, to maintain downstream river stages.” Releases will likely be reduced when more moderate temperatures return to the area.

Based on the current soil moisture and mountain and plains snowpack conditions, 2015 runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, is forecast to be 25.6 million acre feet (MAF). Normal runoff is 25.2 MAF. Annual runoff in 2014 was 35.0 MAF, which ranks eleventh highest in the 118 years on record.

The high runoff was the product of above normal mountain snowmelt runoff coupled with persistent summer rainfall in Montana and the Dakotas. “Rainfall events continued to occur in the upper basin through late August at a time of year when rainfall amounts historically diminish,” said Farhat. “Fall releases were increased to ensure the full flood control storage zone is available for the 2015 runoff season, which typically begins around March 1.”

System storage ended December at 56.4 MAF, just 0.3 MAF above the base of the annual flood control zone. Bitter cold temperatures in early January reduced inflows into the reservoir system as tributary rivers froze and system storage dropped sharply. “Current system storage is 56.0 MAF, 0.1 MAF below the base of the annual flood control system,” said Farhat. “The entire flood control capacity of the mainstem reservoir system stands ready to capture high runoff in the spring, reducing flood risk while providing good support to other authorized project purposes.”

Flow support for Missouri River navigation will likely be at full service levels for the first half of the 2015 season. The actual service level will be based on the total volume of water stored in the reservoir system on March 15 in accordance with guidelines in the Master Manual. Flow support for the second half of the navigation season, as well as the navigation season length, will be based on the actual July 1 system storage.

As of Jan. 1, the mountain snowpack was 101 percent of normal in the reach above Fort Peck Dam and 101 percent of normal in the reach from Fort Peck to Garrison Dam. Light plains snowpack has accumulated in western South Dakota and Montana with less snow seen in North Dakota.

“The Corps will continue to monitor the plains and mountain snowpack, and basin soil conditions through the winter and into spring to fine tune the regulation of the reservoir system based on the most up-to-date information,” said Farhat.

View mountain snowpack graphic here: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/snow.pdf

Wednesday, January 14th 2015
FWP Region 6 Launches Facebook Page
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 is joining the world of social media. Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager, recently launched a Facebook page dedicated to the region: http://www.facebook.com/MontanaFWP.R6

The page will be devoted to Region 6 and statewide FWP news updates, information, and events. Updates will include fishing access site or boat ramp closures, start and end dates of hunting seasons, current ice conditions, new block management areas, regional fish and wildlife projects and more.

“This is an excellent resource to make FWP news and information immediately available to folks who are involved with social media,” Kloker said.

In addition, Kloker is seeking more ways to promote FWP activities via a variety of media platforms. “We are very proud of our region and our staff, and we want to show people what we are doing,” Kloker said. “We will be posting information, photos, and videos of the hardworking wardens, biologists, technicians, office staff and volunteers who help make Region 6 one of the best areas in the state for outdoor recreation.”

FWP encourages the public to be interactive with the Facebook page. People are welcome to add on-topic comments concerning hunting, fishing, camping or just enjoying nature in Region 6. Kloker noted, “We really want to see the public enjoying and celebrating the unique area we live in.”

If you would like to preview the page, log on to Facebook and search “Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6.” In addition, and for more information about FWP at the state-wide level, please view the recently mobile-friendly FWP main website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov.

Tuesday, January 13th 2015
Governor Bullock's Infrastructure Bill Includes Projects For Valley County
Montana Governor Steve Bullock's proposed infrastructure bill is up for a hearing today in the Montana House of Representatives. This proposed legislation includes grant funding for the City of Glasgow and the Glasgow School District along with funding for a bridge to be built in Valley County.

The legislation needs to be approved by both the Montana House and Montana Senate.

The City of Glasgow is looking to make improvements to its water system and the budget includes a $500,000 grant from the Treasure State Endowment Program. The total cost of the water system improvements would be $7,566,129. The City of Glasgow is also seeking $125,000 from the Renewable Reserve and Grant Loan program, a $2,595,336 grant from Rural Development and a loan in the amount of $4,145,794 from Rural Development. The City of Glasgow has already put forth $200,000 for this project.

The Montana Legislature will have to give final approval for the Treasure State Endowment money and the Renewable Reserve and Grant Loan Program.

Governor Bullock's proposed budget also is recommending $494,108 for Valley County to replace the Milk River Road Bridge which is located 2 miles northeast of Hinsdale and crossed over Beaver Creek. Valley County is kicking in $494,108 for the project which would replace the current bridge with a new concrete bridge.

Governor Bullock's budget is also recommending grant money to the Glasgow School District for security upgrades for the 3 schools in the Glasgow school system.

The Quality Schools Grant Program is funded by revenue from the timber harvest on common school trust lands, and rental income received from power site leases.

The Glasgow School District would use the grant of $150,390 to add access control systems to each school. The grant money would be used to install proximity badge readers at critical entry points at each school, to allow access only to those with a badge.

Tuesday, January 13th 2015
Glasgow School Election Set for May 5th With 2 Trustee Positions Up For Election
The Glasgow School District will have their annual school election on May 5th and 2 current members of the Glasgow School Board are up for election this year.

The two members whose terms are expiring are Nick Dirkes and Alison Molvig.

The deadline to file for the Glasgow School Board is March 26th.

For more information on filing as a trustee for the Glasgow School District you can access the school website at http://glasgow.k12.mt.us/ or contact the school administration office.

Monday, January 12th 2015
Video Gaming Generates $57 Million In Tax Revenue For State Of Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Video gambling generated nearly $57 million in tax revenue for the state of Montana in fiscal year 2014.

The state Justice Department's Gambling Control Division says last year's video gambling revenue totals were 0.2 percent lower than fiscal 2013.

Video gambling taxes go into the state general fund.

Tax collections from video gambling machines peaked in fiscal 2008 at about $63 million, but tumbled to about $49 million in 2011 and began heading up, before the slight dip in the most recent year.

Gambling Control Division Administrator Rick Ask tells Lee Newspapers of Montana that based on first-quarter statistics, he expects total video gambling tax revenues in fiscal 2015 to top those in the two previous years.

Tuesday, January 6th 2015
Record Amount Of Snowfall For Glasgow On Monday
The National Weather Service is reporting that 6.7 inches of snow fell in Glasgow on Monday establishing a new record for January 5th. This breaks the old record of 5.3 inches set in 1980.

11.1 inches of snow has now fallen in Glasgow through the first 5 days of 2015. The snow depth in Glasgow is at 4 inches.

Tuesday, January 6th 2015
New Trends In Agriculture Seminar Set For January 14th

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce, Glasgow Implement Dealers and Montana Wheat & Barley Committee present New Trends in Agriculture seminar, January 14, 2015 to be held in Glasgow. This will be the ninth Agriculture seminar sponsored by the Chamber Agriculture committee. We are able to book nationally recognized keynote speakers and provide regional, national and global trends with agriculture producers and industry representatives from Iowa, North Central, Nebraska, Kansas, Northeastern MT and Western ND. The seminar is sponsored annually by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, MT Wheat & Barley Committee, Farm Equipment Sales, Border Plains Equipment, Zerbe Bros, Hi-Line Ford, Newton Motors, Pro-Coop and 28 additional sponsors representing financial institutions, insurance companies, chemical companies, seed companies, real estates and BNSF.

Keynote speakers for 2015 are DR. Barry Flinchbaugh and Bob Stougaard. “What to expect from Washington in 2015 and beyond” will be the focus of Dr. Flinchbaugh’s presentation. Dr. Flinchbaugh is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. A native of New York, Pennsylvania, Flinchbaugh holds B.S. in Animal Science (1964) and M.S. in Agricultural Economics (1967) degrees from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics (1971) from Purdue University. Flinchbaugh joined Kansas State University, Manhatten, Kansas, in 1971. He teaches a junior-senior level course in agricultural policy and lectures throughout Kansas and the nation on agricultural and economic policy.

Our other keynote speaker is Bob Stougaard. “Weed science and small grain agronomic research update will be the focus of Bob Stougaard’s presentation. Bob received his B.S. in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1978. He later earned his M.S. in Weed Science from Southern Illinois University in 1983 and his PH.D. in Weed Science from the University of Nebraska in 1987. After completing his PH.D., he joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska as the extension weed specialist for agronomic crops. He left Nebraska in 1991 for his current position with the Montana State University, located at the Northwestern Agricultural Research Center near Kalispell, MT. Current research areas focus on the biology and management of the orange wheat blossom midge, integrated management of stripe rust in wheat, and the development of competitive cropping systems.
Farmer, banker and Market to Market host Mike Pearson keeps views informed as host of the “Weekly Journal of Rural America.”

There will also be two financial representatives sponsored by Edward Jones agent Bethanie Knight. Craig Miller from Protective Life & Andria Mueller from Legacy Design Strategies will focus their discussion on succession/estate planning.

The seminar will be held January 14, 2015 from 8:30A-3:30P at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow, MT. Registration is $15.00. For more information contact the Chamber at 406-228-2222 or chamber@nemont.net

Monday, January 5th 2015
Kloker Named Region 6 Information And Education Program Manager For Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Marc Kloker has been appointed as the Region 6 information and education program manager for Montana of Fish, Wildlife & Parks. He will be based out of Glasgow, and replaces Ron Selden, who passed away unexpectedly in August.

Kloker, 37, a longtime Valley County resident, comes to FWP from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, where he worked as a land use specialist in Glasgow.

He graduated from Nashua High School and obtained college degrees in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and Secondary Science Education from Dickinson State University. For 10 years, Kloker taught science education in both Nashua and Culbertson. During the summers he was a wild land firefighter and range technician with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at CMR in Fort Peck.

As the new information and education program manager, Kloker will be involved in several areas of public outreach and information, including news release distributions, social media updates, setting up public meetings, and administering the Citizens Advisory Council meetings for Region 6.

“I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to reach out to the public about all the great things that are taking place here,” Kloker said. “We have hardworking wardens, biologists, technicians, office staff and volunteers that help make Region 6 one of the best areas in the state for outdoor recreation.”

Kloker will also be involved in youth and adult education and is the Region 6 contact for the Hunter and Bowhunter Education programs. He is also a volunteer instructor.

Kloker will be engaged with other educational outreach, including working with teachers, helping present kids fishing classes and events, and developing programs for area kids and adults such as bird watching, bat netting, and insect collections.

“I’m particularly excited about the educational aspects of the job,” Kloker said. “Coming from an education background, I’m eager to use my teaching skills to share my love and respect for hunting, fishing, nongame wildlife, and all other types of recreation we have in this region, which I hope can lead to developing positive relationships with the state’s fish, wildlife and parks now and into the future.”

Marc and his wife Joanne have two children, Rowen, 5, and Holden, 1. The family loves the outdoors, and can often be seen canoeing, hunting, fishing, and camping across Montana. If you would like to get in touch with Kloker, please call him at 406- 228-3704, or email to mkloker@mt.gov.

Monday, January 5th 2015
Region 6 Check Station Results Released
The final results are in at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Havre check station for the 2014 hunting season. Overall, hunter numbers and big-game harvest were down.

“In general, big game harvest was slower this year,” said Havre-area wildlife biologist Scott Hemmer. “This is likely due in part to the elimination of all Region 6 deer B licenses and buck-only harvest on the A-tag for mule deer. The weather this year also may have affected harvest. It was unseasonably warm at the beginning of the season, which may have reduced game sightings, and then was extremely cold at the end of the year, which reduced hunter numbers.”

Hunter numbers were down only 4 percent from 2013, but are still down 26 percent from long-term average. “Another factor why hunter numbers and harvest were down when compared to long-term averages is that deer and antelope numbers are still below normal,” Hemmer noted.

The hard winter of 2010-2011, which reduced antelope and mule deer populations in the region, is still showing its effect. In addition, epizootic hemmorhagic disease outbreaks in 2011-2013 impacted white-tailed deer numbers. “While game numbers for these species are recovering, they are still below the long-term average in many areas,” Hemmer said.

The antelope harvest more than doubled from 2013, but is still 81 percent below the long-term average. The mule deer harvest was 59 percent below average and white-tailed deer was 77 percent below. Elk harvest was down 28 percent from the long-term average.

On a positive note, upland bird and waterfowl numbers appeared to be up based on results from the Havre check station. “Pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, and Hungarian partridge harvest were all up from last year, and all but pheasant were above the long-term average,” Hemmer said. “Hunter reports for these species were consistently positive.”

Wednesday, December 31st 2014
Caregivers Program Starts Monday
Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers is a 6 week program beginning Mon. Jan. 5th. It will be each Monday at 10a.m. at the Glasgow Senior Center. This is an educational program for friends & relatives who are care giving for an aging adult or an adult with a chronic medical condition.

Today, nearly 22 million American households care for an adult with a chronic medical condition. While caregiving is always a labor of love, caring for someone can be physically, emotionally & financially draining. As a participant in this class you will learn to care for yourself while caring for another person, which in turn benefits both individuals.

The program involves 6 weekly interactive class sessions taught by Roubie Younkin, a certified Class Leader. You will learn a variety of tools & self-care skills which will help you take better care of yourself & enable you to continue being an effective caregiver. The tools presented in the classes help you to reduce personal stress, improve self-confidence, balance commitments, make tough decisions, & communicate with others.

Caregivers in all situations including direct in-home care, long-distance care giving, & caring for someone in a residential care facility will benefit from the classes.

For more information & to register contact Roubie Younkin at the Valley County Extension Office, 228-6241.

Tuesday, December 30th 2014
Information Sought in Antelope Poaching South of Hingham
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking information on the poaching of a four antelope south of Hingham.

FWP Warden Andy Matakis said the antelope, one buck, one doe, and two fawns, were shot on or around Dec. 23 and left to waste. The poaching took place on State land 9.5 miles south of Hingham on Hingham Road South.

“Antelope season closed nearly one and a half months ago,” Matakis said. “This is just a senseless act of killing and wasting game. There were four antelope shot and nothing was taken from any of the animals.”

Anyone with information about the crimes is encouraged to call Warden Matakis directly at 406-262-2407 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.

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