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

The full interview is here: Bob Connors.

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

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

Wednesday, May 17th 2017
Glasgow To Spend $395,200 On Street Improvements In Summer Of 2017
The City of Glasgow recently awarded a bid to Century Companies in the amount of $395,200 to improve streets in the city. The projects awarded for this year:


2017 Street Improvement Project

Overlay Areas –
10th Street North from Kampfer Drive east to Airport Rd.
All of Meadow Court
Portion of Valley View between Jet Drive & Valley Drive
Portion of 8th Street N between 4th Ave N and the Alley
All of Laser Drive
11th Street South between 2nd Avenue S & Alley
Intersection of 6th Street South and 3rd Avenue South
2nd Street South from 2nd Avenue South to 1st Avenue South

Remove & Replace Areas –
West End of 10th Street N behind Flips
South end of 8th Avenue North
South end of 8th Street N by Shopko Parking Lot
Corner of 5th Avenue S & 3rd Street S

Chip Seal Areas –
8th Street South between 3rd Avenue S & 1st Avenue S
5th Avenue S between Hoyt Park & Hospital

Tuesday, May 16th 2017
Keystone XL operator reassessing interest of US producers
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp. is reassessing whether oil producers in North Dakota and Montana are still interested in shipping crude through its long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline now that they have other new options to ship their product, including the Dakota Access pipeline.

The Calgary-based company's announcement this month comes with the Keystone XL still needing approval of its proposed route through Nebraska. The Dakota Access, which was designed to transport about half of North Dakota's oil production to a shipping point in Illinois, is expected to be fully operational by June.

TransCanada spokesman Matthew John says the company plans to re-engage with prospective shippers "because of a lot of changes in the oil market."

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

Tuesday, May 16th 2017
Buoy in Place in Duck Creek Bay, Boaters Need to Slow down
The no-wake buoy is now in place near the boat ramp in Duck Creek Bay on Fort Peck Reservoir, effectively making the area a no-wake zone.

Earlier this year, a petition was received requesting to restrict Duck Creek Bay to a limited no-wake zone from the boat ramp to the mouth of the bay. The request was made to address both safety concerns and property damage, as the area has a heavily-used boat ramp and camping area. The Fish and Game Commission voted to adopt this proposal.

Watercraft users are encouraged to heed the no-wake zone parameters, and wardens will be enforcing the no-wake rule in this area.

Tuesday, May 16th 2017
Glasgow High School Educational Trust Receives Baker Memorials
To all of those fortunate enough to call him family or friend, the late Donald J. Baker’s generous spirit was well known. Now, thanks to his extraordinary bequests to numerous Montana foundations, that spirit will become a living legacy in perpetuity. One of those foundations, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust, is honored and humbled to announce the receipt of $732,791.70 ($34,886.27 to be added to an existing endowment within the trust in the names of L.J. and Jean Baker, his parents, and $697,905.44 in memory of Donald J. Baker).

Baker’s investment in the education of others obviously reflects his deep respect for its value. A 1960 graduate of Glasgow High School who went on to receive a master’s degree in architecture from Montana State University and to build a successful career in St. Paul, Minnesota, he knew what opportunities higher education offered to those who were willing to work hard and play by the rules, values that were instilled in him in his home and community. Though he traveled the world and made lifelong friends wherever he went, he clearly never left his Montana roots behind and chose to strengthen them for generations to come.

As with all donations to the trust, Baker’s gifts will be invested and the interest earned used to fund scholarships for Glasgow High School alumni pursuing higher education at college, trade school, or through an accredited online program. Since its inception in 1964, the trust has awarded a total of $1,842,000.00 to 696 different students enrolled in very diverse programs across the nation. Many of these students have received multiple gifts over their courses of study, which brings the total number of gifts awarded to students to 2,194.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust awards are not traditional scholarships offered only to those earning very high grades. Applicants must be GHS graduates who have completed one year of college or one semester of trade school, be in good academic standing, attending full-time (12 semester credits minimum), and showing steady progress toward completion of a degree or certification. A primary consideration has always been financial need. Distribution is made through a semi-annual application process administered by the trustees. Application deadlines are July 1st and October 15th of each year. The application, which lists additional requirements that must be met, is available at www.ghsedutrust.org. It must be completed properly, thoroughly, and submitted on time to be considered.

In addition to student gifts, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust also uses the interest earned on its corpus, now over $5 million dollars, to purchase equipment and programs for Glasgow High School that cannot be financed within the school’s regular budget. Over the years, every department has received such gifts, benefitting all students and the public at large when it attends events at the school or uses its facilities. Some examples include upgrades to the sound and lighting systems in the auditorium, 3-D printers for the STEM programs, coding software for the business department, and a major gift toward the purchase of new kilts for the Glasgow High School Scotty Band. The gifts total 111 in number with a dollar value of $223,179.42.

Whenever the trust receives donations that total $500 in the name of a particular individual, a gift is given to a student or GHS in the name of that person. Gifts of $10,000 or more in the name of a particular individual allow for a permanent annual naming opportunity.

Donald J. Baker was a man in charge of his own life--seeking adventure, developing and sustaining meaningful relationships until the end. Through his thoughtful and generous planning, he has made it possible for many others to pursue similar paths. The Glasgow High School Educational Trust is deeply grateful for his commitment to and support of its mission and will strive to be true to his spirit.



Tuesday, May 16th 2017
Glasgow Looks To Legalize Fireworks In City Limits From July 3rd To July 5th
The City of Glasgow has given initial approval to a change in ordinance which would legalize the use of fireworks in the city limits for a period from 12:30pm to 12:30am on July 3rd and July 4th and until 12:30am on July 5th.

This is a change in existing ordinance which completely prohibited the use of fireworks in the city limits at all times.

The new ordinance prohibits aerial projectiles that exceed 10 feet.

The Glasgow City Council will have one more vote on the proposed changes to this ordinance and it will be in place for the 4th of July holiday this year.

Friday, May 12th 2017
Postal Service Food Drive Is Saturday
The U.S. Postal Service has their annual food drive this Saturday, May 13th.

All donations go to our local food bank in Glasgow.

Please leave non-perishable items in or at your mailbox for your carrier to pick up.

You can also bring items to the post office between 10a.m. – 12noon Saturday.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Friday, May 12th 2017
FWP Adult Field Course Is Sunday
A 2nd Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunter Education online adult field course has been set for Sun. May 14th from 9a.m.-1p.m. in the Quonset building at FWP Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow.

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

This will be the last course before the June 1 drawing deadline for antlerless deer, antlerless elk, & antelope.

To register & learn more about the hunter education class offered, please go to the FWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov & look under the “Education” tab.

If there are any questions, please call course instructor Marc Kloker, 406-480-9234.

Thursday, May 11th 2017
Buck Antelope shot near Malta, Wardens Seeking Information
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are seeking any information regarding an antelope buck that was shot and left about seven miles south of Malta, during the evening hours of May 7. The incident occurred on private property near the intersection of Alkali creek Road and Skinner Road.

Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call Malta-area Warden Ben Morin directly at 406-654-7630, or call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).
The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

Wednesday, May 10th 2017
Public Meetings Set To Discuss Invasive Mussels
Four public information meetings have been scheduled to discuss invasive mussels in Montana. The meetings will be held in Lewistown, Malta, Fort Peck and Jordan.

The Fort Peck meeting will be at the Fort Peck Dam & Interpretive Center on May 17th from 6-8 p.m.

In October, aquatic invasive mussel larvae were detected in Tiber Reservoir and suspected in Canyon Ferry Reservoir.

The Missouri River Conservation Districts Council will conduct the series of public meetings to inform the public on what this means for central and eastern Montana.

For more information, contact Rachel Frost at 406-454-0056.

May 15th - Eagles Club in Lewistown
May 16th - Great Northern Lodge Room in Malta
May 17th - Fort Peck Dam & Interpretive Center in Fort Peck
May 18th - Summit Corral in Jordan

Tuesday, May 9th 2017
Valley County Community Foundation Awards 11 Grants Worth $18,763

Projects from throughout Valley County received a financial boost toward completion, thanks to grants from the Valley County Community Foundation. Awards for this year’s 11 grants totaled $18,763, said Doris Leader of Nashua who chairs the VCCF.

These projects received VCCF grants this spring:

$1,850 to the Allies of Scouting used to help purchase roofing materials for two buildings at Boy Scout Park on the Missouri River.

$1,305 to First Lutheran Church to help purchase 200 lightweight folding chairs for the Church basement

$1,500 to the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council to help improve the parking lot at the Fort Peck Theatre

$3,000 to MSU Extension/Valley County Extension Services to purchase STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning supplies and to conduct a teacher workshop for Valley County teachers

$1,000 to Nashua Senior Citizens Association used to purchase a computer and supplies for internet training for senior citizens, funded in full.

$1,386 to Opheim High School to purchase an iPad, keyboard and a storage cabinet for the science department, funded in full.

$1,000 to Scottie Day Care to help purchase new exterior doors

$2,000 to Two Rivers Economic Growth, Inc. to help with costs for a grant-writing workshop for the community

$2,494 to Valley County 4-H Council to help purchase pens for the swine barn at the Valley County Fairgrounds

The following two grants were funded by earnings from the Magnus Swanson Fund:

$2,537 to the Hinsdale Public School Student Council, paying toward the purchase price of the School’s healthy vending machine

$ 691 to Valley County 4-H Council to purchase supplies and kits for outdoor STEM learning activities in Hinsdale

VCCF began giving grants in 2000 and since then has awarded 131 grants totaling $174,607. Grants are awarded each spring to organizations with a 501(c) 3 IRS designation, or government and educational entities.

The Foundation itself is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, affiliated with the Montana Community Foundation. Assets are $800,000, including two scholarship funds. More information is available at www.valleycountycf.net or by calling board member Jean Carlson at 526-3245.

Monday, May 8th 2017
64% Of Registered Voters In Valley County Choose To Vote Absentee
President Donald Trump selected Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke as his Secretary of the Interior earlier this year and this has opened up a seat in the United States House of Representatives from the State of Montana.

Governor Steve Bullock has picked May 25th as the date of the special election to replace Zinke.

Absentee ballots were sent out on May 1st for the special election. In Valley County there are 2873 absentee voters and as of May 5th there had been 225 ballots returned to the Valley County Election Administrator.

Valley County voters who choose to vote on election day will now vote at the Glasgow Civic Center. The Valley County Commissioners earlier this year chose to move all polling places to Glasgow. So voters in Hinsdale, Opheim, Lustre, Frazer, Nashua, Fort Peck and Glasgow will all vote at the Glasgow Civic Center. The polling places will be open from 7am to 7pm.

There are 4461 registered voters in Valley County and 64% of those voters choose to vote absentee.

Friday, May 5th 2017
New Leadership At Valley View Home Discusses Its Future
Stan Ozark visited with Judy Melin and Amy Ryan who are now in leadership positions at Valley View Home in Glasgow. Melin is the Interim Director and Ryan is the Director of Operations. Here is the full interview discussing the future of the nursing home.

Valley View Home.

Thursday, May 4th 2017
Glasgow And Other Valley County Communities To See Additional Money Due To Increase In Gas And Diesel Tax
Montana counties and cities will see an increase in their share of state fuel tax revenue for the first time in 34 years, if Governor Steve Bullock signs legislation passed by the Montana Legislature.

The Montana gas tax will increase 4.5 cents per gallon and the diesel tax would increase 1.5 cents on July 1st if the Governor signs the legislation.

All Montana counties, cities and towns will receive additional revenue to repair infrastructure in their respective government entity.

Local governments though won't simply get a larger chunk of money. They will have to identify specific road projects they would use their allocation for and then provide $1 for every $20 of new state money they receive.

The City of Glasgow will receive an additional $59,647 to use for street projects.

Fort Peck will receive $11,830, Nashua will receive $11,259 and Opheim $6,128.

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017
Montana woman pleads guilty to infant's death in Poplar
(Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has accepted a Montana woman's guilty plea to second-degree murder for the death of a 13-month-old girl whose body was found in a trash can.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris set an Aug. 10 sentencing hearing for 43-year-old Janelle Red Dog of Poplar.

The Great Falls Tribune reports Red Dog told Morris that she had been taking care of 13-month-old Kenzley Olson when the girl became sick with pneumonia.

She says she hit the girl twice on April 18, 2016, to quiet her, and the baby also slipped and hit her chin that day.

She says the girl stopped breathing on the drive to the hospital the next morning, so she put Kenzley in a duffel bag and dumped the bag in a trash can.

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

Tuesday, May 2nd 2017
School Election Results
Valley County Schools conducted elections on Tuesday.

In Glasgow there was a 3 person race for 2 positions on the Glasgow School Board. District voters re-elected the 2 incumbents to 3-year terms.

Suzanne Billingsley- 1083
John Daggett- 973
Tyrel Brandt- 850

The General Fund Levy request failed by a vote of 636-963. The request was in the amount of $71,273.83.

Hinsdale had a trustee election featuring 3 candidates for 2 positions.

Jared Albus- 152
Keith Beil- 154
Amy Rutherford- 19

Hinsdale also had a levy request in the amount of $9,849.18. The levy passed by a vote of 117-52.

Nashua had a trustee election featuring 5 candidates for 2 positions.

Tim Bellon- 127
Mark Bengochea- 185
Joseph Laumeyer- 90
James Merideth- 48
Joel Novak- 130

The General Fund Levy request in Nashua passed by a vote of 170-135.

Frazer had a Trustee election as they elected 2 people to 3-year terms and 1 to a 1-year term.

3-year term:

Michael Redstone-72
Yancy Beston- 62
Jewel Four Star Ackerman- 44

1-year term:

Michael Cole- 85

Thursday, April 27th 2017
Glasgow Job Service Office To Close June 30th
The Montana Department of Labor and Industry has announced that the Glasgow Job Service Office will close on June 30th of this year.

The Department told Kltz/Mix-93 that the closing is due to funding issues and the State of Montana didn't have enough funding to keep an office in Glasgow open.

This will affect 2 employees who currently work in the Glasgow office.

There are 3 offices statewide that will be closed including Shelby, Livingston and Glasgow.

The Wolf Point Office will stay open and handle many of the duties of the former Glasgow office.

Wednesday, April 26th 2017
Governor Bullock Grants Clemency To Glasgow Man
GREAT FALLS — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has granted clemency to a man who was convicted of raping his girlfriend when she was 15 and he was 19.

The Great Falls Tribune reports 41-year-old Russell "Delano" Foster was granted clemency Tuesday, but details of the decision weren't immediately available.

Delano Foster, who couldn't be reached for comment, was convicted in 1996 after he and Amber Foster had consensual sex. The couple married in 2000 after he was released from prison, and they now have four children.

Amber and Delano Foster said having a sex offense on record can prevent them from getting certain state licenses or government contracts. Delano Foster works in maintenance and construction.

Wednesday, April 26th 2017
Legislature passes bill to comply with federal “Real ID Act”
HELENA -- The Legislature passed a bill 83-17 Tuesday that offers a compromise on the 2005 federal “Real ID Act,” which standardizes state identification cards.

At the end of this year, a Montana driver’s license would not meet the federal standards to be used for air travel or access to federal facilities.

Senate Bill 366 would give Montanans the option of paying a fee for a special license that complies with the federal guidelines. The bill will now go to Gov. Steve Bullock.

The bill was amended in a free conference committee to allow the Department of Justice to borrow up to $4.6 million from the Board of Investments to pay for an information technology system and other costs for implementation. Under the bill, the loan would have to be paid back in 10 years.

It also appropriates $1.852 million starting this July from a state special revenue account for the Department of Justice. The amendment also includes a provision if the state receives an extension for compliance, that appropriation can be pushed back a year.

“The fees would remain at the $25 and $50, so that we can make the loan payments and the department would only be drawing on the account as needed,” said Sen. Jill Cohenour, D-East Helena, who is carrying the bill.

Those prices would be lower than a passport, which Cohenour said Montanans will need to fly if the state does not comply.

“With a license renewal, $45 is added to the $25 - max is $65 on that,” Cohenour said. “And then if you’re an early implementer, you have the $10 added to the $50,” Cohenour said.

Up until this year, the state has been able to get extensions because licenses were being continually updated. This year the state’s request for an extension was denied, forcing the state to make a compromise.

Freddy Monares is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association and the Greater Montana Foundation.

Wednesday, April 26th 2017
Carnival Boot Drive Is Friday - Video Preview Available
The NE MT Fair Carnival is scheduled for Aug. 2nd – 5th this year. There will be approximately 14 rides, 10 games & at least 1 food booth & the cost for this is $46,000.00. In an effort to help pay for this carnival Raffle Tickets are being sold. The tickets are $20 each with cash winners being drawn every day in the month of June.

Tickets are available at Pizza Hut, Ezzie's Westend, Ezzie's Midtown, Agland, Holiday, Stoughie's in Hinsdale, the Mint Bar in Opheim, Wagon Wheel Bar in Nashua, & any Fair Board members. There will be a boot drive to help with the cost, Fri. April 28th in downtown Glasgow.

You can preview the carnival video here

Tuesday, April 25th 2017
Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors Gives Details On School Levy Request
Glasgow School Superintendent Bob Connors visited with Stan Ozark and talked about the upcoming school election, school calendar and other school issues

Bob Connors.

Monday, April 24th 2017
Valley County Unemployment Rate At 4%
HELENA — Montana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent in March.

Over the first three months of the year, Montana added nearly 4,800 jobs. The state Department of Labor and Industry reports the largest gains were in the construction, professional and business services and health care industries.

The national unemployment rate for March was 4.5 percent, a .2 percent decrease from January.

The unemployment rate for March in Valley County was 4 percent. The labor force in Valley County was 4377 with 173 unemployed. The unemployment rate in March of 2016 was also 4%.

Monday, April 24th 2017
Hunter Education Class Offered in Glasgow for Adults
A second Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education online adult field course has been set for the Glasgow area. The course will be held on Sunday, May 14, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Quonset building at FWP Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow.

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

This will be the last course before the June 1 drawing deadline for antlerless deer, antlerless elk, and antelope. To register and learn more about the hunter education class offered, please go to the FWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov and look under the “Education” tab. If there are any questions, please call course instructor Marc Kloker at 406-480-9234.

Thursday, April 20th 2017
BLM Prescribed Burn Is Today
The Bureau of Land Management is planning to implement a prescribed fire in today.

The prescribed burn is designed to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest and rangeland health conditions.

The Mooney Coulee Prescribed Fire, administered by the Glasgow Field Office, will remove surface vegetation on approximately 400 acres of BLM –managed rangelands. The project is approximately six miles northwest of Glasgow, Mont. The objective of the burn is to remove all surface fuel to enhance the effectiveness of converting decadent stands of crested wheat grass to native species.

For more information, call BLM Fuels Specialist Josh Barta at 406-538-1971.

Thursday, April 20th 2017
Fish and Wildlife Commission Ruled on Proposed No-Wake Zones in Fort Peck Area
The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission held a meeting on Friday, April 14 at Montana Wild in Helena, and took up a wide array of issues including final decisions on several no-wake zone proposals. Two of these proposals were in the Fort Peck area; one in Fort Peck Reservoir in Duck Creek Bay, and one in the Fort Peck Dredge Cuts.

Earlier this year, a petition was received requesting to restrict Duck Creek Bay, located on Fort Peck Reservoir, to a limited no-wake zone from the boat ramp to the mouth of the bay. The Commission voted to adopt this proposal to address safety concerns, as the area has a heavily-used boat ramp and camping area and is becoming increasingly more popular. Steps will soon be taken to buoy this area.

A separate petition was received requesting to restrict the Bay of Park Grove, located in the Fort Peck Dredge Cuts, to a no-wake zone approximately 75 feet from the shoreline. The commission voted not to adopt this proposal, based on the Department’s recommendation and numerous public comments opposing this action.

This information and more can be found here.
Thursday, April 20th 2017
Two Rivers Reminder For Community Clean Up Day
We want to get Valley County motivated to get outdoors and help clean up our Communities on Friday April 28th.

Here are some FUN & EASY ways you, your business and friends can get involved on Community Cleanup Day (Also Arbor Day):

* Form a group that is willing to clean up a public area.
* Plan for your employees and staff to spruce up the outdoor property/landscaping that day.
* All members of the community are invited to help and get involved! Call 263-4769 to join a group!
* Rake your neighbor’s yard.
* Sweep sidewalks
* Maintenance your own yard and prep for gardening.
* Donate clean up supplies to the cause!

There will be designated target areas marked on a Community Map for groups to 'clean up' then, T & R Trucking will collect the trash gathered at each post and haul to the landfill.

Would you and or your business or group like to choose a target public location to 'clean up'? We are reaching out to everyone for help! Please call 406.263.4769 or 406.697.8856 to join the effort or for more info!

Thursday, April 20th 2017
CURE Magazine Extraordinary Healer Award Nomination
To celebrate nurses, CURE Magazine created the Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing, asking readers to write an essay about an oncology nurse who went above and beyond to help them heal. The top essayists and their nurses are honored at a reception held in conjunction with the Oncology Nursing Society's annual congress.

To pay tribute to all the nurses nominated, CURE compiled the top essays received for the contest into Extraordinary Healers: CURE Readers Honor Oncology Nurses. The book includes the winning essay, finalist essays and a collection of nominated essays from the contest. In its eleventh installment, Extraordinary Healers features a variety of teaching moments from the featured essays and a list of all nurses who were nominated for the 2017 award.

Mona Amundson, one of our Glasgow community members, nominated Sally Durham, RN, of Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in a very heartfelt letter. The winner of the award won’t be announced until the awards dinner on May 4th at the ONS 42nd Annual Congress. The essay collection, in which Mona’s essay about Sally and a photo of the two of them will appear, will be distributed at the awards dinner.

Read the essay here

Thursday, April 20th 2017
GHS Educational Trust Scholarships Available
Attention Glasgow High School graduates attending college or trade school.

You may be eligible for financial aid from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust.

Log on to www.ghsedutrust.org now for the application and other relevant information.

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year is July 1, 2017.

Thursday, April 20th 2017
Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson Files For Re-Election
Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson has filed for re-election as she pursues a 2nd 4-year term as Mayor of Glasgow.

Erickson filed for re-election on the first day of filing for municipal office. The filing ends June 19th and the election is set for November 7th.

Also in news from the Glasgow City Council, Council member Stan Ozark filed for re-election in Ward #1 while Melanie Sorenson who represents Ward #3 announced she will not be running for re-election.

Wednesday, April 19th 2017
Municipal Elections In Valley County
Municipal elections are set for Valley County in 2017. Filing starts on April 20th and ends on June 19th. The municipal elections are set for November 7th.

Here are the seats up for election in Valley County

Glasgow:

Mayor: Becky Erickson
Ward1 Stan Ozark
Ward 2 Melanie D Sorensen
Ward 3 Dan Carr


Fort Peck:
Alderman:
Kerry Aakre unexpried 2 year term
Mark Sullivan 4 year term
Joe French 4 yr terms

Nashua: Mayor Allen Bunk
Alderman/Woman Linda Falkenstern and Verlin Borgen

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

Tuesday, April 18th 2017
Jeffery Helm Wanted By United States Marshals Service
BILLINGS -
The United States Marshals Service District of Montana has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for convicted drug dealer Jeffery Helm.

Helm, 63, is wanted by the Montana Violent Offender Task Force based on a felony supervised release warrant following a conviction for distribution of dangerous drugs.

Helm is described as a white male, 5-feet, 9-inches tall, 325 pounds with brown hair, hazel eyes and tattoos on his right arm.

Anyone with information about Helm is asked to call the Marshals Service at 406-247-7030 or your local law enforcement agency

Tuesday, April 18th 2017
Walleye Spawning Update
Walleye Update IV, April 17th, 2017
by Biologist Heath Headley
Again, it’s been a windy past few days in the Big Dry Arm of Fort Peck Reservoir. We were unable to check our nets on Friday due to the 40 mph gusts that swept through the area. In addition, the wind has caused a few of the trap nets to roll. This causes a twist in the lead line that runs to shore and intercepts fish as they cruise in the shallow water. As you could imagine, this has allowed some of the fish to bypass the trap nets resulting in a decrease in catch rates.

Water surface temperatures were hovering around 52 degrees this weekend, but dropped back down to 48 degrees as of today due to the wind and cooler temperatures mixing the water. There still seems to be an equal portion of ripe to green female walleye being captured throughout our trap netting locations. However, trap net catches of ripe female walleye have been better in the warmer, shallower areas indicating they are searching for more favorable temperatures for spawning.

We’ve managed to hold three more smaller egg-takes since the last update due to the slow and steady collection of ripe female walleye. These smaller egg-takes should bring the total to 44 million eggs so far. It looks like we could see a slight warming trend headed this direction, so stay tuned for more updates on egg-take numbers.

Wednesday, April 12th 2017
Montana man guilty of kidnapping, sexually assaulting girl
(Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Montana man of kidnapping a 4-year-old girl from a park and sexually assaulting her.

The Great Falls Tribune reports 21-year-old John Lieba, of Wolf Point, was convicted Tuesday of kidnapping, aggravated sexual abuse and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 3.

Authorities say Lieba abducted the girl while she was playing in a park at night in the town of Wolf Point on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. A grand jury indictment filed in June said he engaged in a sex act with the girl and assaulted her.

The girl was found by a Roosevelt County sheriff's deputy Feb. 28, 2016, two days after she disappeared and just a few miles from where she was abducted.

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

Tuesday, April 11th 2017
Annual Fort Peck Reservoir Walleye Spawning Operation Underway
Warmer temperatures and melted ice mean the annual walleye spawning operation on Fort Peck Reservoir getting into full swing.

According to Heath Headley, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Fort Peck biologist, agency staff and volunteers are again trapping fish and taking eggs from areas in the upper Big Dry Arm of the reservoir. “The reservoir is about 2.5 feet higher than last year,” Headley said, “but we will continue to focus the operation near Nelson Creek.”

FWP staff have been working on setting up spawning barges, holding pens, and test nets since the first week in April, and have begun spawning walleye. Headley figures they are in full operation now. “We are looking to continue until we have our goal for this year, which is 50-60 million eggs.”

“The activities of fish are very dependent on water temperatures, and you never know what is going to happen with spring weather in eastern Montana,” Headley noted.
Walleye spawning activity on Fort Peck Reservoir usually doesn’t pick up until the second or third week of April, when water temperatures reach 40-50 degrees.

Last year, FWP staff and volunteers captured 19 different fish species for a total of 7,982 fish from March 29-April 21. Of that total, 2,672 were walleye. Female walleye collected averaged 7.2 pounds, with males averaging 1.7 pounds. The biggest walleye measured was 14.4 pounds.

79 million walleye eggs were collected in 2016, and the Fort Peck and Miles City state fish hatcheries maximized production resulting in 2.3-million fingerlings and 20.5-million fry stocked back into Fort Peck Reservoir and other water bodies throughout the state.

Folks can follow the 2017 walleye spawn on the FWP Region 6 Facebook page, administered by Region 6 Information and Education Manager by Marc Kloker. Updates will include egg collection totals, status of the spawn, and photos and videos.

“This is a wonderful way to keep the public updated on our walleye egg-collecting efforts on a weekly basis,” Kloker said. “Providing photos and videos of the fish, volunteers, and the operation in general will give everyone a virtual first-hand experience. Please “like” and “follow” by going to the Region 6 Facebook page.
Tuesday, April 11th 2017
20-Year Old Glasgow Man Charged With Sexual Intercourse Without Consent
20-year old Niko Jondahl has been arrested by the Glasgow Police Department and charged with Sexual Intercourse Without Consent. The Glasgow Police Department told Kltz/Mix-93 that Jondahl's victim was under the age of 16 at the time of the incident.

Jondahl is currently incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center and the GPD told Kltz/Mix-93 that additional felony charges are pending in the case.

Niko Jondahl was sentenced in 2015 to a 48-month deferred sentence on the charge of Criminal Distribution of Dangerous Drugs and was sentenced to a 48-month deferred sentence on the charge of Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Tuesday, April 11th 2017
Stan Ozark Interviews Brianna Vine And Stacey Amundson About Glasgow South Side Rehab Project
The City of Glasgow was recently awarded Montana CDBG program funds to complete Small-Scale Housing Development & Rehabilitation activities within the target area of Glasgow as selected by the Glasgow Housing Advisory Board. The target area consists of any residence located within the City limits of Glasgow and South of US Hwy 2. This program grants the City five years of access to these funds that will provide income eligible families and individual’s access to long-term permanent housing through construction of infill housing or rehabilitation of unsafe and unhealthy housing units.

CDBG funds are only eligible for single-family housing units and applicants must undergo an income verification process to determine their eligibility. Eligible housing rehabilitation activities include the following: rehabilitate occupied homes/residential properties determined to have critical health and safety deficiencies, new construction of vacant residential properties for infill development and/or demolition of a blighted property that directly results in new construction of a residential unit on that same property.

Applications are available for pick up from City Clerk Stacey Amundson at the Glasgow City Office 406-228-2476 or by contacting Brianna Vine with Great Northern Development Corporation 406-653-2590.

City Rehab.

Monday, April 10th 2017
Spokane, Washington Man Arrested On Drug Charges In Valley County
A 34-year old man from Spokane, Washington was arrested on Highway #2 by the Valley County Sheriff's Office on April 6th and charged with Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs.

Aaron Morris was stopped by the VCSO while he was traveling on Highway #2 east of Glasgow. After illegal drugs were found on Morris a search warrant was requested and an investigation determined there was suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle. Morris has also been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, driving a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license and failure to carry proof of insurance in vehicle.

An investigation is continuing by the VCSO and bond was set at $10,000 by the Valley County Justice of the Peace.

Friday, April 7th 2017
Water Levels On Fort Peck Reservoir Continue To Increase
OMAHA, NE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Basin Water Management Division will hold five public meetings next week to update stakeholders on the planned operation of the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System. The public meetings will include a presentation from the Corps regarding current basin conditions and plans for operating the reservoir system in 2017, followed by a question and answer session. There will also be an opportunity for members of the public to speak one-on-one with Corps officials before and after the meetings.

The reservoir system began the 2017 runoff season at the base of the annual flood control pool, providing the full 16.3 million acre-feet (MAF) of flood control storage. The total volume of water stored in the reservoir system is currently 58.5 MAF. “System storage currently occupies 2.4 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. “Approximately 85 percent of the flood control storage remains available to capture runoff from the spring rainfall and mountain snowmelt.” All significant plains snowpack has melted.

The 2017 runoff forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, is 29.4 MAF, 116 percent of normal. Runoff in March was 3.2 MAF, 111 percent of normal. As of April 3, the mountain snowpack was 92 percent of average in the reach above Fort Peck and 135 percent of average in the reach from Fort Peck to Garrison. Normally the mountain snowpack peaks in mid-April. View the mountain snowpack graphic here: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/snow.pdf.

In mid-March, Gavins Point releases were increased from 17,000 cfs to 26,000 cfs in support of the Missouri River navigation season which began Apr. 1 near St. Louis, Mo. Navigation flow support for the start of the navigation season was at full service levels, which is designed to provide a 9-feet deep navigation channel. “Because of the higher than normal runoff forecast, releases from Gavins Point will be increased in mid-April to a level slightly above full service to provide beneficial use of the excess runoff while reducing flood risk,” said Farhat. 

“Flood risk reduction remains a primary consideration as we progress through 2017. While the risk of widespread flooding from upper basin runoff is low this year, floods can and will occur as a result of spring and summer thunderstorms, particularly along the lower Missouri River,” Farhat added. When possible, the Corps will utilize the available flood control space in the reservoirs to limit downstream river levels; however, the ability to significantly reduce flood risk along the lower Missouri River diminishes at locations further downstream due to the large uncontrolled drainage area and the travel time from Gavins Point Dam. 

Weekly updates on plains and mountain snowpack conditions, reservoir levels and other topics of interest can be viewed here: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/pdfs/weeklyupdate.pdf. 
Steady to rising reservoir levels during the forage fish spawn at the three large upper reservoirs, Fort Peck, Garrison and Oahe, are preferred, but may be difficult to accomplish this spring depending on the timing and distribution of runoff in the Missouri River basin during the coming weeks. If the runoff is not sufficient to keep all three reservoirs rising, the Corps will adjust releases to result in a steady to rising pool at Fort Peck and Oahe this year. The forage fish spawn generally occurs from early April through mid-June. 

Spring Public Meetings
Times and locations for next week’s five public meetings are listed below.
Tuesday, April 11 – Smithville, MO
Start time: 11 a.m. (CDT)
Jerry Litton Visitor Center
16311 DD Hwy

Tuesday, April 11 – Council Bluffs, IA
Start time: 5 p.m. (CDT)
Western Historic Trails Center
3434 Richard Downing Ave.

Wednesday, April 12 – Fort Peck, MT
Start time: 11 a.m. (MDT)
Fort Peck State Fish Hatchery
277 Montana Highway 117

Wednesday, April 12 – Bismarck, ND
Start time: 6 p.m. (CDT)
Bismarck State College, National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE), Bldg. 15, Rm 431
1200 Schafer Street

Thursday, April 13 – Pierre, SD
Start time: 10 a.m. (CDT)
Ramkota Hotel
920 W Sioux Ave.

Reservoir Forecasts
Gavins Point Dam releases averaged 20,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) during March. Releases are currently on 26,000 and will be increased to approximately 30,000 cfs in mid-April as flow support is increased above full-service. The Gavins Point reservoir ended March at elevation 1206.6 feet and will remain near 1206.0 feet during April.

Fort Randall Dam releases averaged 18,200 cfs in March. Releases will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired reservoir elevation at Gavins Point Dam. The reservoir ended March at elevation 1355.0 feet, rising 1.6 feet during the month.

Big Bend Dam releases averaged 18,200 cfs in March. Releases are expected to average 27,400 cfs this month. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420.0 feet during April.

Oahe Dam releases averaged 19,000 cfs during March. Releases are expected to average 27,400 cfs in April. The reservoir ended March at elevation 1607.8 feet, falling 0.2 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to rise during April due to increases in Garrison releases and spring rains, ending the month near elevation 1608.7 feet.

Garrison Dam releases averaged 14,000 cfs during the month of March. Releases were increased from 14,000 cfs to 20,000 cfs at the end of March and will continue to be stepped up to 28,000 cfs during early April. Garrison reservoir ended March at elevation 1841.4 feet, rising 3.1 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected remain near elevation 1841.5 during April.

Fort Peck Dam releases averaged 4,700 cfs during March. Releases are forecast to average 6,500 cfs during April. The reservoir ended March at elevation 2236.2 feet, rising 1.3 feet during the month. The reservoir is expected to rise during April ending the month near elevation 2237.3 feet.
The forecast reservoir releases and elevations discussed above are not definitive. Additional precipitation, lack of precipitation or other circumstances could cause adjustments to the reservoir release rates.

The six mainstem power plants generated 582 million kWh of electricity in March. Typical energy generation for March is 641 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 10.3 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the long-term average of 9.3 billion kWh.

Friday, April 7th 2017
Legislation To Reform Student Loan Debt Working Through Legislature
HELENA -- Rep. Zach Brown, D-Bozeman, says student loans affect a college graduate’s -- and the state’s -- financial future.

“It is totally a constraint on our economy, and something that’s holding young families and young working Montanans back,” Brown said.

Brown is carrying a package of bills this legislative session meant to reform student loan debt. The bills already passed out of the House in March and are now being heard by the Senate.

One of the bills, House Bill 591, would give the state’s Board of Investments the option to borrow $40 million from the coal tax trust fund. That would pay for a public program that would refinance high-interest private loans for Montana residents who attended an in-state public university.

The Senate will hear first testimony on the bill Friday. It passed the House in March on a 56-44 vote.   

Brown said right now is the best time for a program like this, with low interest rates for refinancing loans and the Legislature’s proposed cuts to higher education funding.

“The point of this bill is to say, instead of investing in bonds that benefit out-of-state folks, why don’t we invest in Montanans?” Brown said. “You can literally create an investment with a positive return for the coal trust fund with interest, out of creating this refinancing program.”

During debate in the House, Rep. Dennis Lenz, R-Billings, opposed the bill and said it would reduce the amount of money in the coal tax trust fund for what he said he sees as an optional loan.

“First of all - first one out of the gate - nobody has forced anyone to take a school loan,” Lenz said.

The Department of Commerce expressed concerns in the bill’s fiscal note about the impact the program might have on the Montana Public Employees’ Retirement System, which is funded through the coal tax fund.

“We are constantly trying to keep these pensions in place. This has the potential of undermining it,” Lenz said.

Brown said if the economics don’t provide a return for the coal tax trust fund, the Board of Investments does not have to administer the program.

“If they do pencil out, this is a program that would literally put money back in the pockets of working Montanans who are burdened with high-interest student loans,” Brown said.

Brown is also carrying House Bill 631, which would provide loan repayment assistance to Montana residents who graduate from college and commit to operating a farm for at least five years in the state. The bill passed the House in March on a 62-38 vote, and had its first hearing in the Senate on Wednesday.

Freddy Monares is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association and the Greater Montana Foundation.

Thursday, April 6th 2017
Red Thumb Day Is April 12
The 2nd Annual Red Thumb Reminder Day is April 12th in downtown Glasgow from 3:30-5:30p.m.

The Valley County Health Department, along with Glasgow High School, JMG students, student council, & community participants will walk the community this year. We invite all the community to join with us.

Participants may go to the City/County Library, the Community Room of the Court house, The Loaded Toad, the Police Department/Fire Department; at each place there will be an Anti-texting & Driving Activity & a snack. Participants will earn a stamp at each location & cards with 4 stamps can enter into a drawing for prizes.

Help us to make Valley County a safer place to live. Join with us to increase the awareness of the dangers of texting & driving & be leaders in changing these behaviors in our community.

Thursday, April 6th 2017
Thousands of defects found on oil train routes
OIL TRAIN ACCIDENTS
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Inspectors have found almost 24,000 safety defects over the past two years along U.S. railroad routes used to ship volatile crude oil.

Data obtained by The Associated Press shows many of the defects were similar to problems blamed in past derailments that caused massive fires or oil spills in Oregon, Virginia, Montana and elsewhere.

The safety gaps were discovered during targeted federal inspections on almost 58,000 miles of oil train routes in 44 states. The program began two years ago following a string of oil train accidents across North America, including a 2013 derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people.

The inspections resulted in 1,118 recommended violations.

Federal Railroad Administration spokesman Marc Willis says the targeted inspections have improved safety by making railroads more responsive to concerns raised by agency officials.

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

Wednesday, April 5th 2017
Glasgow Woman Writes Book About Irle School Librarian
OJ Taylor, an employee of Glasgow's Irle School presented the Irle School Librarian with a new book on Monday. This was no ordinary book, it was a book written about Leanne Brandt, the Librarian at the Irle School.

Stan Ozark had a chance to sit down with both Taylor and Brandt on Tuesday and visited about this great story!

The book is called Mrs. B and can be ordered from Amazon


Irle School Book.

Wednesday, April 5th 2017
Montana House Gives Approval To Legislation Preserving Montanans' Right To Bear Arms
HELENA -- The House of Representatives gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill meant to preserve Montanans’ right to bear arms by prohibiting the enforcement of any federal ban on firearms or ammunition.

The House passed Senate Bill 99 on a 60-40 vote. It will be up for a final vote on Wednesday.

The bill passed out of the Senate in February on a 30-20 vote before moving to the House. It would establish the “Montana Federal Firearm, Magazine and Ammunition Ban Enforcement Prohibition Act.”

Rep. Seth Berglee, R-Joliet, is carrying the bill in the House for Sen. Cary Smith, R-Billings.

“We did add a couple of amendments to it to allow for federal assistance, as long as it is not for the primary purpose of prohibiting, restricting or requiring any of the federal bans,” Berglee said.

At the bill’s first hearing in the House Patrick Audet, lobbyist for the School Administrators of Montana, opposed the bill and said it would allow firearms on school campuses.

“If an officer couldn’t enforce that law, that would be a problem. We would be opposed to that,” Audet said.

Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, said Audet is referring to a federal act called the “Gun-Free School Zones Act.” The act prohibits anyone from openly carrying a loaded firearm (one that’s not properly stowed) within 1,000 feet from school grounds.

Marbut supported SB 99 and said past legislation already exempts Montana from that law.

“The Legislature passed a statute, frankly that I wrote, that said because we have the right to keep and bear arms in Montana every law-abiding adult is deemed to be licensed by the state, pursuant to the federal ‘Gun-Free School Zones Act,’” Marbut said.

Marbut said the only other ban for firearms on school grounds is a different one called the “Gun-Free Schools Act,” in which the federal government encourages each state to introduce their own laws for firearms on campus. He said since that ban would be considered a state law, a school resource officer’s enforcement of the state’s ban would not be affected by the bill.

Freddy Monares is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association and the Greater Montana Foundation.

Wednesday, April 5th 2017
Glasgow Chamber Announces Winners Of March Madness Books
GLASGOW, MT APRIL 5TH, 2017: The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, Inc. announces the winners of the March Madness Elite 8 books.

Game 1: Book #51 Pete Peterson, Lenny Knaff, Josh Sillerud, Ron Bishop
Game 2: Book #81 Reynolds, Robyn Albus, Kristi Sevareid, Scott Laird
Game 3: Book #71 Reynolds, Greg Page, Reynolds, Zac Garsjo
Game 4: Book #4 Emily Schwenk, Spencer Marsh, Todd Wagner, Mitch Hughes
Game 5: Book #88 Courtney Arneson, Rob Brunelle, Jessica Nagy, Nicole Altenburg
Game 6: Book #24 Mikel Erickson, Danelle Murch, Dean Vegge, Jody Christianson
Game 7: Box #26 KLTZ/KLAN, Buckets, Barron Parks, Baret Erickson

Thank you to each of our sponsors and participants of the March Madness Elite 8 books. The Chamber appreciates ALL of your support. Each year the Chamber hosts high school boys and girls tournaments. Your contribution from the sales of this promotion allows us to continue to successfully bid all tournaments feasible for Glasgow to host. Checks can be picked up at 313 Klein Avenue, next to Helland Law Firm starting tomorrow and those not picked up will be mailed starting April 15th provided we have an address.

Wednesday, April 5th 2017
Stan Ozark Interviews Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Scott Croft
Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital is thrilled to announce the arrival of their new Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Scott T. Croft, MD.

Dr Croft.

Monday, April 3rd 2017
Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Adds New Orthopedic Surgeon
Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital is thrilled to announce the arrival of their new Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Scott T. Croft, MD.

Dr. Croft was born in Lovell, Wyoming, and delivered by his own grandfather, the town doctor. The medical profession runs deep in the family, beginning with his great-grandfather who first moved to Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin to help treat a yellow fever outbreak. Dr. Croft’s grandfather then followed his own father’s medical footsteps and became the next country doctor in the area. Dr. Croft’s father became a dentist.

Dr. Croft grew up in Arizona and attended college at Brigham Young University in Utah. During his college time, he served a two year mission in Japan for his church. Upon graduation from college, Dr. Croft was accepted to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and he attended medical school there after he was awarded a coveted U.S. Army medical scholarship. He graduated with honors and was elected a member of AOA, the national medical honor society. Dr. Croft and his wife, Lisa, then moved to California where he began his training in Orthopedic Surgery at the combined Presidio Army Base/U.C. San Francisco residency program. He completed his training in Sacramento at U.C. Davis Medical Center.

With his medical training completed, Dr. Croft served his country as an Orthopedic Surgeon in Heidelberg, Germany for nearly three years. He then returned to his home town of Scottsdale, Arizona to begin private practice. He practiced general orthopedics and Level I trauma there for 15 years. He was recruited back to Wyoming (much like his great-grandfather) and has practiced there for the last 7 years. He now joins the Glasgow community offering up his skills in total hip, knee, and shoulder reconstruction; sports medicine; rotator cuff repair; and trauma just to name a few.

Among Dr. Croft’s passions, foremost are his wife and four children. One of his favorite quotes is, “No success can compensate for failure in the home.” With his other passions being pheasant hunting, fly fishing, and snow skiing (all shared with his family), Glasgow, Montana is sure to be a perfect fit!

For questions or to make an appointment call Hi-Line Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine at 406-228-3536.

Monday, April 3rd 2017
FWP Seeking Comments on Draft Management Plan for Fresno WMA
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks is seeking public comment on a draft management plan for the Fresno Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The comment period will run from March 29, 2017 through April 27, 2017.

The Fresno Reservoir WMA is located in Hill County just upstream of Fresno Reservoir. The WMA is on Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) property, but is managed by FWP under a joint management agreement between FWP and BOR.

The management plan identifies the objectives for wildlife habitat, weed management, infrastructure, and public recreation. The plan also identifies proposed management actions that will be implemented to help achieve these objectives.

The draft management plan will be available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/ A copy of the plan may also be obtained by contacting the FWP Havre Area Office at 406-265-6177 or by emailing shemmer@mt.gov.

Please send all written comments to the following address:
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Attn: Fresno Reservoir WMA Management Plan
2165 Hwy 2 East
Havre, MT 59501
Comments can also be emailed to: shemmer@mt.gov

Monday, April 3rd 2017
Grobel Scholarships
The Grobel Scholarship Trust will award two scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000 for the 2017-2018 school year.

These scholarships are available to graduates of Valley County high schools who have completed at least one full year of post-secondary education in nursing or other medical related field.

Completed applications must be submitted not later than 4:00 p.m. on July 7.

For an application or more information please contact Jessica Pehlke at the First Community Bank of Glasgow.

Monday, April 3rd 2017
Some Region 6 Block Management Areas Open For 2017 Spring Turkey Season
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and participating land owners will open some Block Management Areas (BMAs) for spring turkey hunting along the Milk River and one area south of Zortman.

Twelve areas will be open for the spring turkey season, beginning April 8, and running through May 21. Most of the properties are located along the Milk River between Hinsdale and Nashua. One additional property is located just south of Zortman in Goslin Flats, which is a portion of the Square Butte BMA.

“The BMA spring turkey hunt worked well for both landowners and hunters the last few years, and landowners are looking forward to opening their property again this spring,” said Tim Potter, Jr., Region 6 FWP Hunting Access Coordinator. “We are very pleased that we are able to provide this opportunity again. Just remember that many of these properties are in the middle of calving and other farming activities during the spring. Please be cautious and respectful around these properties as well with other landowners not in the program.”

Last year, there were 218 hunter days recorded on the 12 participating BMAs. Normally, the BMA season runs from the beginning of September (opening of upland bird and archery) until January 1 (the closing of upland birds).

BMA access will be granted through a traditional sign-in box on the properties, and will be advertised by a green sign titled “2017 Spring Turkey.” Signing in will allow hunters access only for turkey hunting. Other activities such as shed hunting, fishing, or small game hunting are not allowed. Permission for such activities must be separately allowed by the landowner.

All BMA rules and expectations in place during the general season will still apply. These include, but are not limited to, leaving gates as they are found, areas of walk-in hunting only, parking in designated parking areas, using caution around livestock, taking care not to drive on muddy roads, and more. Hunters should refer to the individual rules associated with each BMA, found on the back of the BMA maps.

Property boundaries may not be well marked, so hunters need to be aware of their location. “For this opportunity to continue to move forward, we need hunters to respect both the landowner’s wishes and their property,” said Potter.

As a reminder, prospective turkey hunters can also hunt on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), such as the Hinsdale and Vandalia WMAs, other public land, and on other private land with permission. Hunters must also be aware that there are several BMAs that are not participating in this spring hunting opportunity, and permission would be needed to hunt on these properties.

A list of participating landowners and properties is available from FWP’s Region 6 headquarters in Glasgow, by calling the office at 406-228-3700, or by going to our regional webpage at fwp.mt.gov/regions/r6/.

Friday, March 31st 2017
City of Glasgow Housing Rehab Program Accepting Applications
The City of Glasgow was recently awarded Montana CDBG program funds to complete Small-Scale Housing Development & Rehabilitation activities within the target area of Glasgow as selected by the Glasgow Housing Advisory Board. The target area consists of any residence located within the City limits of Glasgow and South of US Hwy 2. This program grants the City five years of access to these funds that will provide income eligible families and individual’s access to long-term permanent housing through construction of infill housing or rehabilitation of unsafe and unhealthy housing units.

CDBG funds are only eligible for single-family housing units and applicants must undergo an income verification process to determine their eligibility. Eligible housing rehabilitation activities include the following: rehabilitate occupied homes/residential properties determined to have critical health and safety deficiencies, new construction of vacant residential properties for infill development and/or demolition of a blighted property that directly results in new construction of a residential unit on that same property.

Applications are available for pick up from City Clerk Stacey Amundson at the Glasgow City Office 406-228-2476 or by contacting Brianna Vine with Great Northern Development Corporation 406-653-2590.

Thursday, March 30th 2017
Montana House Passes Fuel Tax Increase
ELENA — The Montana House has passed a fuel tax increase meant to help pay for road and bridge projects.

The House passed the bill 54-46 in a final vote Wednesday. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The bill would raise the state's tax on gas by 8 cents a gallon and on diesel by 7 ¼ cents a gallon.

It would be the first fuel tax hike in 24 years.

The additional tax would increase the amount of money that is forwarded to cities and counties for repair of city streets and county roads. It's estimated that the City of Glasgow would receive an additional $95,000 in money to repair city streets.

Republican legislative leaders worked up to the last minute to try to change enough votes to defeat the measure in the House.

They succeeded in changing only two votes compared to the initial vote taken last Thursday.

The measure passed its first vote 56-44.

State Representatives Casey Knudsen and Austin Knudsen voted against the gas tax increase.

Thursday, March 30th 2017
House Committee Tables Legislation That Would Have Allowed Counties To Have Mail-Ballot Election To Fill State's Empty Congressional Seat
HELENA -- Republicans tabled a bill Wednesday in the House Judiciary Committee that would have allowed counties across Montana to opt-in for a mail-ballot special election to fill the state’s empty congressional seat.

Senate Bill 305 has been one of the most contentious bills of the session, aside from the budget, because of widely publicized warnings from GOP leadership that a mail election could curtail the chances of a Republican candidate. The bill got national attention when GOP Chairman Jeff Essmann, R-Billings, released an email asking his caucus to vote against the bill.

Democrats pushed Wednesday for a vote to advance the bill and say they were trying to hurry the vote in order to allow county clerks to prepare for the May 25 election. The bill would have needed to pass the legislative process by April 10 in order for county commissioners to enact it.

Rep. Barry Usher, R-Billings, voted to table the bill and said he was committed to vote yes for the bill but took issue with the motion by Democrats on the committee to vote on it early.

“But because of the partisan railroad that just happened, I’m proud to vote to table it because that was wrong,” Usher said.

Rep. Ellie Hill-Smith, D-Missoula, voted against tabling the bill and said bills that deal with elections don’t usually get heard by the Judiciary committee.

“It’s partisan hijinx and it’s what we don’t do in this Capitol. This is not how we do business,” Hill-Smith said.

Hill-Smith referenced past legislative sessions when a controversial bill was discussed on a Saturday in order to give sufficient time for public comment. She said SB 305 would have saved the state $750,000.

“I hope that we hear this bill again on the floor and allow the entire body to show the 56 counties back home how they feel about saving, their constituents, fiscal conservatism, local control,” Hill-Smith said.

Rep. Bob Brown, R-Thompson Falls, objected to the motion made by Rep. Virginia Court, D-Billings, to pass the bill. He said he wanted to hold off for the same reason Hill-Smith referenced.

“We still have some time yet before we really have to act on that bill and to give it the discussion that it deserves,” Brown said.

State Representative Casey Knudsen of Malta voted to table the legislation.

Valley County officials estimated they would save $15,000 by having a mail-ballot election.

Freddy Monares is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association and the Greater Montana Foundation.

Tuesday, March 28th 2017
3 Arrested On Drug Charges In St. Marie
Jason Schappaugh, Jeff Thomas and Marrissa Thomas were all arrested by the VCSO on Friday and charged with drug offenses.

According to Sheriff Vern Buerkle, the VCSO had obtained a search warrant for a residence in St. Marie and upon executing the warrant the 3 individuals were arrested.

The charges against the 3 included criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff Buerkle told Kltz/Mix-93 that the 3 were allegedly in possession of marijuana and hashish.

All 3 were incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center as of Monday.

The investigation was conducted by the Valley County Sheriff's Office.

Monday, March 27th 2017
3 Candidates For Glasgow School Board
There are 3 candidate filings for Trustee positions on the Glasgow School Board. The 3 candidates will be on the ballot for the May school election with the top 2 being voted on to the board for 3-year terms.

Tyrel Brandt
John Daggett-incumbent
Suzanne Billingsley-incumbent

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