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Monday, July 27th 2015
South Dakota Regulators To Hear Keystone Xl Arguments Again

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State regulators are considering whether to approve for the second time in just over five years construction through South Dakota of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, but it's unlikely a decision will come immediately.

The Public Utilities Commission hearing process starts Monday. The state authorized TransCanada Corp.'s project in 2010, but permits must be revisited if construction doesn't start within four years.

Commission Chairman Chris Nelson says it's unlikely the panel will come to a decision immediately.

He says TransCanada will present its case first, and then opponents will offer their side. Supporters say the pipeline will create jobs and tax revenues, while opponents argue it could contaminate water supplies.

The pipeline would transport oil from Canada to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines headed to the Gulf Coast.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Saturday, July 25th 2015
Public Comment Sought On Proposed 2015-16 Ice Fishing Contests
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on ice fishing contests proposed for the 2015-16 winter season.

Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Most contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish.

Applications for contests may be approved, approved with conditions, or denied. Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts, or require additional access site maintenance when needed.

Information on the proposed fishing contests can be found on FWP's webpage at fwp.mt.gov; click "Fishing" then click "Fishing Contests". Look for "2015-16 Proposed Ice Fishing Tournaments" at the bottom of the page.
Comments must be received by Aug. 20. Email comments to fwpfsh@mt.gov; or mail to FWP Fisheries Division;
Attn: Fishing Contests; P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59620-0701.

Proposed 2015-16 Ice Fishing Contests

Northwestern Montana, Region 1
Dec. 12, 2015
Perch Assault - Smith Lake
Dec. 13
Ice Duels Montana - Smith Lake
Dec. 20
Perch Masters - Lower Stillwater Lake
Dec. 26
Sunriser Lions Smith Lake Family Fishing Derby - Smith Lake
Jan. 23-24, 2016
Bull Lake Ice Fishing Derby - Bull Lake
Jan. 30-31
Fisher River Valley Winter Fishing Derby - Thompson Lake, et al
Feb. 1-28
Perch Pounder, 13th Annual - All Region 1 Waterbodies
Feb. 6
Snappy’s Lake Mary Family Derby, 16th Annual – Lake Mary Ronan
Feb. 13
Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Murphy Lake
Feb. 13-14
McGregor Lake Annual Fishing Derby - McGregor Lake
Feb. 20
Perch Assault - Middle Thompson Lake
Feb. 21
Ice Duels Montana - Echo Lake
Feb. 27
Canyon Kids Christmas Fund Derby - Lion Lake
March 5
Perch Assault - Lake Mary Ronan
March 12-13
Bitterroot Bash, 5th Annual - Bitterroot Lake

South Central Montana, Region 3
Jan. 17
Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifier - Hebgen Lake
Jan. 30
Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Clark Canyon Reservoir

North Central Montana, Region 4
Jan. 2
Scheels Ice Fishing Derby - Wadsworth Pond
Jan. 23
Western Bar Ice Fishing Derby - Willow Creek Reservoir
Jan. 23-24
Broadwater Lions Club Perch Derby - Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Northeastern Montana, Region 6
Jan. 30
Murph's 10th Annual Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament - Nelson Reservoir
Jan. 30-31
Fresno Ice Derby, 5th Annual - Fresno Reservoir
Feb. 20
19th Annual Glasgow Chamber Ice Fishing Derby - Fort Peck/Marina Bay
Feb. 20
Hell Creek Ice Fishing Tournament - Fort Peck/Hell Creek Bay

Saturday, July 25th 2015
AIS Inspections Station Numbers for Region 6
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have released information on the number of watercraft inspected at Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) stations and the number of failed inspections. FWP reminds folks recreating on Montana waters to continue to be aware of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), and to continue to stop at AIS inspections stations.

As of July 10, Fort Peck roving inspection stations have checked 489 watercraft. Of those, five watercraft failed inspections. At the Culbertson inspection station, 76 boats have been inspected and 15 have failed inspections. Failed inspections were due to illegal bait or containing standing water.

AIS roving inspection stations will continue to move around to various locations around the region. Also, inspection stations will be randomly set up at water-access points. All watercraft, including boats, canoes, kayaks, and jet skis, ARE REQUIRED to stop at the inspection stations as directed by the designated signs. Tickets can be issued for watercraft that do not stop.

The focus of these efforts are to assist boaters with self inspection procedures and educate them about the importance of cleaning watercraft, checking live wells, and to ensure that any watercraft moving to another water body is completely clean and dry of AIS.

Saturday, July 25th 2015
Last Hunter Education Class Offered in the Glasgow Area for 2015
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Glasgow area, August 14-16. This will be the last hunter education class offered in the Glasgow area for this year’s hunting season. To be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2015 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16th, 2016.

The hunter education class will be held in the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow. Classes will run from 4:30-9:00 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. on Sunday.

For the Hunter Education classes, please go to the FWP website at 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 Education Manual from the FWP office in Glasgow. Students are to read each chapter and COMPLETE all review sections before class on Friday. If workbooks are not complete, students will not be able to take the course. If you have any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.
Friday, July 24th 2015
State Wildlife Officials To Host Bison Impact Study Hearings
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State wildlife officials will host five public hearings in August on a draft environmental impact statement for bison conservation and management in Montana.

The draft report prepared by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks considers the possibility of restoring bison somewhere in the state where the animals could be managed as a native species.

The hearings for discussion and public comment will take place at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman on Aug. 4; the Holiday Inn Grand in Billings on Aug. 5; Great Falls College Montana State University in Great Falls on Aug. 18; Malta High School in Malta on Aug. 19; and at the Bureau of Land Management Office in Miles City on Aug. 26.

All meetings will take place from 6-9 p.m.

For more information, or to comment online, visit http://www.fwp.mt.gov.

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

Friday, July 24th 2015
Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Lesley Robinson of Dodson
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today honored Phillips County Commissioner Lesley Robinson of Dodson, Montana for her service to Montana and counties in several other western states.

Mrs. Robinson was recently elected as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Counties (NACo) during the Committee’s 80th Annual Conference. She will now serve as regional representative for the entire western region of the United States.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/content/contact-steve.

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015
Relay for Life Just Around the Corner
Relay for Life is more than just an event. It's an experience. It's powerful. It's uplifting. It's HOPE. The Relay began in May 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran around a track in Tacoma, WA. for 24 hours. He ultimately raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society and inspired others to join the movement. To date, Relay for Life has raised over $5 billion to fight cancer. Northeast Montana's Relay for Life will be held at the Valley County fairgrounds in Glasgow beginning August 14 at 7 p.m. and continuing until 9 a.m. on August 15. Team registration and survivor registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the survivor dinner scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. Survivors are encouraged to contact Doris Ozark with any questions at 406-230-0663.

Each year, Relay for Life invites cancer survivors to share their experiences with the community. This year, Carol Neufeld will be speaking at the survivor dinner, and Megan Shaefer will share her experience during the opening ceremonies. You can expect entertainment, activities, and music throughout the event. In addition to various food vendors, a midnight meal and a Saturday morning breakfast will be provided.

The always inspirational and moving luminaria ceremony will be held at 10:00 p.m. Friday. The luminaria ceremony is traditionally held after dark. Candles are lit inside personalized bags and placed around the walking area and are meant to honor, remember, and support those affected by cancer. It will literally and figuratively cast a light on cancer's menacing touch. I am confident that every reader knows at least one person who has been touched by cancer. Luminaria forms can be picked up at multiple locations around town, including the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. For questions, contact Jamie Seyfert at 406-230-0137 or mail your completed forms to 109 Kilty Drive, Glasgow, MT 59230. For team members tasked with staying awake throughout the night, the fan favorite Amazing Race begins at 2:00 a.m. To wind down from the marathon of fun, or to gather yourself for the day ahead, participants are invited to join Toni Marie Lagree from the Yoga Wellness Center Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. for an instructional yoga class. Closing ceremonies for the annual event are scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.

It's not too late to join the fight. If you want to register a team, contact Andi Buckley at 406-478-4117. If you've never attended a Relay for Life event, mark your calendar for August 14 and 15 and plan to attend.

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015
Valley County Community Foundation Scholarship Winners
Two students, one studying art education and the other studying diesel mechanics and business, are recipients of the 2015 Clarence and Charlotte Fuhrman Scholarships, announced Ken Oster, chairman of the Valley County Community Foundation, which administers the scholarship.

The two exemplify attributes the Fuhrmans set when they established the scholarship, he said, adding that each will receive $1,750.

Recipient Melissa Unger begins her senior year at the University of Montana at Missoula this fall, graduating next spring with an art degree and licensure to teach kindergarten through 12th grade. She is a 2012 Glasgow High School graduate. Arlie Armbrister returns to Montana State University Northern in Havre this fall for his third year. The Hinsdale High School graduate plans a future in agriculture implement repair and business management.

The Fuhrmans, who farmed near Opheim, provided the scholarship to benefit graduates of all Valley County high schools. Scholarships are given annually and applications for 2016 will be available next spring. Notice of the due date is given through the VCCF website, http://www.valleycountycf.net, local media and high school guidance counselors. Among the requirements for the scholarship are completion of at least one year of study beyond the high school level and a 2.8 scholastic average.

Tuesday, July 21st 2015
Track Reopened After Derailment
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Travel restrictions have been lifted for a northeastern Montana highway where an oil train derailed last week and leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil.

The state Department of Transportation said Monday that U.S. Highway 2, the region's main artery, had returned to full operation after the wreckage site was cleared about five miles east of Culbertson.

The highway closed following Thursday's derailment and re-opened Friday with speed and lane restrictions.

Twenty-two cars of a BNSF train hauling fuel from North Dakota to the Cherry Point refinery in Washington state, derailed.

Nearby residents were temporarily evacuated, but no one was hurt and no fire or explosion occurred.

Oil leaked from four of the cars.

Federal Railroad Administration spokesman Matthew Lehner says the accident remains under investigation with agency officials still on the scene Monday.

Friday, July 17th 2015
Oil Train Derails Near Culbertson With At Least Two Cars Leaking Oil
CULBERTSON, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say an oil train derailed in rural northeastern Montana, prompting the evacuation of some homes and leaving at least two of the cars leaking oil.

Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick says there are no reports of injury or fire, but of the 21 cars that derailed only two remained upright.

BNSF spokesman Michael Trevino says the train was pulling 106 loaded crude oil cars when it derailed near Culbertson near the North Dakota border just after 6 p.m. Thursday.

Police and fire crews are at the site of the derailment, which has forced the closure of federal Highway 2, the region's main artery.

Frederick tells The Associated Press that crews are not going too close to the leaking cars until a BNSF hazardous materials team, enroute from Texas, reaches the scene. But he said that there was no immediate threat to public safety.

The sheriff didn't know how many homes were evacuated but described area as a rural setting with ranch homes spread apart.
Wednesday, July 15th 2015
New Irle Elementary School Ribbon Cutting Set For August 20th
The brand new Irle Elementary School which will serve K-5 students in the Glasgow School District will have its official ribbon cutting ceremony on August 20th.

The new school which took 2 years to construct is basically done but just minor finishing touches are being done now.

The new school will house K-5 students making it the largest school in the Glasgow School District.

The old Irle School is currently being demolished to make way for a parking lot, playground and grassy area for the new school.

Tuesday, July 14th 2015
Governor Bullock Announces Economic Development Funds for Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes
Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary today announced the recent award of $65,000 to support economic development efforts by the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes. The funds will support a Business Development Manager position, which will manage several projects critical to economic success on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

“This grant will support efforts by the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes to continue to build and strengthen their regional economy,” said Bullock. “We are pleased to be able to support tribal entrepreneurial ventures, create and retain jobs, and further develop infrastructure on reservations.”

Available through the Indian Country Economic Development (ICED) program, Director O’Leary said the funds will help the tribes bring new and existing projects to fruition.

“The ICED program allows tribes to focus on economic development projects that will bring the greatest benefit to their regions,” she said. “This position will continue to work on local projects that the tribes have determined are the highest priority for their area. The Department of Commerce is pleased to help with this effort.”

Projects the Business Development Manager will focus on include development of the old airport area with housing and commercial development, work on the Wellness Center, rail spur planning, analysis and development of tribal water usage, specialty crop feasibility, and progress toward a hotel and travel plaza.

“The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes hereby express our sincere thanks to Montana Governor Steve Bullock and his staff…for their award to the Fort Peck Tribes,” said A.T. Stafne, Tribal Chairman. “Economic development projects developed and grown on this site will have a major impact on the future of our Tribes, the community of Poplar and the entire economy of Northeast Montana.”

The state-funded ICED program is designed to promote economic growth on Montana’s Indian reservations. For more information on the ICED program, contact Program Manager Heather Sobrepena-George at (406) 841-2775 or visit www.iced.mt.gov.

Tuesday, July 14th 2015
Fire South Of Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge Has Been Contained
Wildland Firefighters achieved 100 percent containment of the The Alex Camp Road Fire by the end of the day July 10, 2015.

The 5,700-acre fire, first reported July 2, burned in an area five miles northwest of Crooked Creek Camp Ground in Petroleum County, Mont., south of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service Montana Department of Natural Resources, and contracted crews, including Arden Solutions Inc., cooperated to send 156 personnel to battle the lightning-caused fire, according to BLM Incident Commander Dennis Crawford.

To report wildfires, call 911 or the Lewistown Interagency Dispatch Center at (406) 538-1072. For more information on this wildfire, go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4370/. For information on fire restrictions, visit the fire restrictions website at www.firerestrictions.us.
Tuesday, July 14th 2015
Bow-Fishermen Urged to Properly Dispose of Fish & Related Waste
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is asking bow-fisherman to properly dispose of unwanted fish and related wastes. It’s summertime, and lots of people are out recreating on area waters, including bow-fisherman who are pursuing paddlefish and non-game fish with bows and arrows.

Warm summer evenings, calm weather and the July 1st opener of the Dredge Cut archery paddlefish season brings in hundreds of bow fisherman that participate in this unique fishery. Bow-fishing is the only means by which paddlefish can be harvested (i.e. no snagging is allowed), and a valid “blue” paddlefish tag is required. The bow-and-arrow harvest season for paddlefish in the Fort Peck Dredge Cuts runs from July 1 to Aug. 31.

Archers also shoot carp and other non-game fish while pursuing paddlefish. FWP is encouraging bow fisherman to either take these fish home (they make great garden fertilizer) or dispose of fish in areas that will not create problems for other recreationists. Disposal for fish should include being in deep water, well away from boat ramps, docks and swimming areas, and popping the balloon-like air bladder and letting the discarded fish sink to the bottom.

“The most unfortunate scenario is when fish are disposed of and left to rot near boat ramps,” said Steve Dalbey, Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6 Fisheries Program Manager. “Fish that are shot and still floating will eventually wash up on shore and potentially create a smelly mess that someone else has to deal with. Please try and dispose of your fish in an ethical manner.”

Dalbey said this is the busiest time of the year on our area waters, and there are all types of recreationists out enjoying the summer and the sun. In respect to all of these other users, bow-fishermen are asked to take the time to properly dispose of their harvested fish and related waste.

Tuesday, July 14th 2015
Parents: New vaccines added to school attendance requirement for 2015
The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) reminds parents that it is not too early to start thinking about back-to-school immunizations.

Parents need to be aware that the immunization requirements in Montana have been changed.

During the 2015 Legislative session, Governor Bullock signed into law House Bill 158 that added two more vaccines a student needs for school attendance. The law is effective October 1, 2015.

For the coming school year, students will need to be vaccinated against varicella disease, more commonly known as chickenpox. All students in kindergarten through 12th grade will need to have two doses of varicella vaccine. Students attending a preschool or prekindergarten will need one dose of varicella. If a student has already had a case of chickenpox, documentation from a physician can be accepted in lieu of the vaccine. Additionally, students who already had two doses of the vaccine do not need to repeat it.

According to DPHHS officials, many students may already be current on their immunizations. “National surveys show that many students are already in compliance with the new law,” said Jim Murphy, chief of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Bureau. “Parents may just need to check their child’s immunization status and provide an update to the school.”

Students in 7th -12th grades will also be required to have one dose of pertussis (whooping cough) containing vaccine. In previous years, only a Td, or tetanus/diphtheria, shot was required. The new law adds the pertussis component.

As long as a student has received at least one vaccine in the required series, that student may qualify for a conditional attendance as allowed by current regulations. A conditional attendance provision allows the student to stay in school while they finish the required shots.

The changes to the law were made to bring Montana’s immunization requirements more in line with the most current immunization recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP). Of note, Montana was the only state that did not require the varicella series and one of five not requiring a pertussis booster at middle school for attendance.

Additionally, the new requirements are intended to reduce the incidence of diseases like chickenpox and whooping cough both in school settings and in the community. Montana’s rates for both of these diseases are typically higher than any other state in the region.

DPHHS encourages parents to talk to their family physician or local health department should they have questions about whether or not their child has the necessary shots for school.

Thursday, July 9th 2015
Fire Restrictions Take Effect on FWP properties in Blaine, Hill Counties
In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and wildlife management areas (WMAs) are under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Blaine and Hill counties.

Officials in Blaine and Hill counties enacted the Stage I Restrictions, which ban campfires except where specifically exempted. Stage 1 Restrictions also prohibit smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, and in areas at least three feet in diameter that are cleared of all flammable materials.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for FWP sites in Blaine County will be in effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, July 9. Campfires will be prohibited at the Faber Reservoir FAS.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Hill County will be in effect as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 10. Campfires will be prohibited at Fresno Tailwater and Bailey Reservoir FASs, and also at the Rookery, Lost River, Fresno Tailwater, and Fresno Reservoir WMAs. Campfires will still be allowed, within steel campfire rings, at Bearpaw Lake FAS.

For updates on restrictions and closures around the state, go to http:///www.fwp.mt.gov and under the “news” tab, click on “drought and fire.”

Thursday, July 9th 2015
FSA Looking For Committee Candidates
The Valley County Farm Service Agency is looking for farmers or ranchers interested in serving on the local FSA County Committee. From June 15 through August 3, you can nominate a candidate for your local committee. Almost anyone participating or cooperating in an FSA program - and of legal voting age - can be nominated.

FSA county committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Through the county committee system, farmers and ranchers have a voice and their opinions and ideas are heard. So make a difference by nominating a fellow farmer or rancher.

Download the nomination form from the FSA website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections or pick one up at the Valley County FSA office in Glasgow. Remember, forms must be postmarked or delivered back to the county office by the August 3 deadline. Voting will take place this fall.

Tuesday, July 7th 2015
Filing Period Closes For Municipal Elections
The filing period closed for municipal elections in Valley County on July 2nd. Elections are set for November 3rd. Here are the filings for municipalities in Valley County.


Ward 1- Nancy Schoenfelder

Ward 2- Doug Nistler and Butch Heitman

Ward 3- Rod Karst


Ward 1- Michael Roberton

Ward 2- Les Redfield

Nashua: 2 positions available

Robert Zeluff
Michael Stingley
Judy Boyum

Fort Peck:

Mayor- John Jones

3 positions available on Town Council

Justin Schaaf
Kirsten Marie Holte
Mark Sullivan

Tuesday, July 7th 2015
City Of Glasgow Moves Forward With Purchase Of New Ladder Fire Truck
The Glasgow City Council moved forward with the purchase of a ladder fire truck for the Glasgow Fire Department.

The City Council gave Fire Chief Brandon Brunelle the go ahead to start looking for a used ladder truck for the GFD. The expected cost of the truck is $500,000. The Fire Department currently has saved $145,000 for the purchase of a truck.

The City of Glasgow will look into the formation of a Special Assessment District to pay for the purchase of the truck. This Special Assessment District will levy an assessment on every property in the city.

There are concerns that if the Glasgow Fire Department doesn't get a ladder truck in its inventory that insurance premiums could increase for Glasgow residents because of a lack of fire coverage.

Monday, July 6th 2015
American Classic Comes to Life at Fort Peck Summer Theatre

Texas Has a Whorehouse in It! Fort Peck Summer Theatre is pleased to continue the 46th season with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the lively musical, is based on the true story of the legendary brothel known as The Chicken Ranch in Gilbert, TX, which operated from 1840 to 1973, until a crusading, Houston radio commentator Melvin P. Thorpe (played by Morgan Phelps) forced it to shut its doors.

Audience favorite Shannon McMillan, whose Fort Peck credits include Roxie in Chicago, Penny in Hairspray and Rusty in Footloose, stars as Miss Mona, a role immortalized on screen by Dolly Parton. In her time away from Fort Peck, McMillan’s diverse resume includes headlining as a vocalist on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Matthew Whitfield tackles the Burt Reynolds role, Sheriff Ed Earl.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a directed and choreographed by Fort Peck Artistic Director Andy Meyers, with musical direction by Luree Green-Chappell. Quinn Vaira serves as Assistant Director.

The large cast also features Becky Johnson, Chanel Bragg, Brittany Brook, Lily Helland, Taylor Caprara, Chae Clearwood, Megan Wiltshire, Ellen Walstad, Rachel Lynn Pewitt, Hailey Stone, Dan Hance and Jon Svingen, as well as a live band.

The Aggie’s Football Team, which is challenged with the musical’s famous 7 minute dance break (and includes many local actors making their FPST debuts) is: Jacoby Collins, Nick Dirkes, Joe Doney, Daniel Dunn, Chaz Gordon, Ethan Henry, John Knispel, Jamie Parnell, Noah Schleimer and Harlan Taylor.

Performances are July 10 – July 26: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm. For tickets and information, call the Fort Peck Summer Theatre Box Office at (406) 526-9943

Following The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the 2015 season continues with:
DISNEY’S TARZAN: July 31 – August 16
STEEL MAGNOLIAS: August 21 – September 6

Friday, July 3rd 2015
Fireworks Display Set For Saturday Night
The 4th of July fireworks display is set for Saturday night about 10 p.m. at the Valley County Fairgrounds.

This year marks the use of electronic firing which should make for a better, safer show for the volunteers.

If you choose to set off your own fireworks, remember that it is illegal in the Glasgow city limits, as well as on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land and the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge.

Other events this weekend include the Hinsdale rodeo and parade; the rodeo begins Friday night at 6 p.m.

And the John Hahn Memorial Softball Tournament starts Friday evening, running through Sunday.

Wednesday, July 1st 2015
Relay Madness Begins
The first round of the Independence Bank Relay Madness officially kicks off on July 1st! This event sponsored by the Independence Bank branches in Glasgow, Malta, Scobey and Poplar features teams that are registered for the 2015 Northeast Montana Relay For Life in a competition to sell luminaria. Relay For Life participants and donors remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those battling the disease by dedicating luminaria bags. Luminaria bags are transformed and illuminated after dark at every local Relay For Life event. Each luminaria is personalized with a name, photo, message or drawing in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer. Each luminaria candle represents a person. They are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, coworkers, and so many others. Luminaria can be purchased for a $10 donation or $15 for a picture luminaria.

The first round of teams competing are: Team Farverfarms.com vs. Team Independence Bank with the winner moving on to face Team Deb. Team Equine Connection vs. Team Glasgow Albertsons with the winner moving on to face Team Scottie Cross Country. Team Crafter's Haven vs. Team United Transportation Union with the winner moving on to face Team Opheim Cares. The final match-up is Team Strides of Hope vs. Team Sheridan Electric with the winner moving on to face Team GHS Student Council. Round one will run from July 1st to noon on July 10th. Round two will run from July 11th to noon on July 20th, round three from July 21st to noon on July 28th; and the final will run from July 29th to August 7th. Prize money will be added to the team total of the top selling team each round. The top selling team will be announced at the 2015 Northeast Montana Relay For Life on August 14th.
Tuesday, June 30th 2015
Smoke Info From The National Weather Service
from Tanja Fransen
Acting Meteorologist in Charge/Warning Coordination Meteorologist
NOAA/National Weather Service Glasgow

1. The fire source region is in the Boreal Forest in Northern Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northwest Territories. There are multiple fires burning, with acreage as of yesterday at 148,000 acres or 231 square miles. http://www.ciffc.ca/firewire/current.php

2. Air quality at the two eastern Montana stations in Malta and near Sidney is "Hazardous" according to the sensors that MT DEQ has there. This is the first time in 14.5 years here that I have ever seen it at Hazardous. http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/

3. Visibilities have been as low as 3/4 of a mile at stations that have observing equipment. We are getting reports of a quarter mile in some places and off the web cams as well.

4. A cold front is going to be moving through today and winds will be fairly strong from the northwest. That will help much of the area have improvement. But, with that amount of fire to our north, we can shift back into a pattern that could bring the smoke back into the region.

5. Health precautions include staying inside an air conditioned building with windows closed. If you have to be outside, an N95 mask is recommended. Cloth masks or the ones you may use from the hardware store for painting are not going to help. If traveling, use the recirculate air option in your vehicle.

6. Smoke is being reported as far south as Oklahoma City and Little Rock, and as far east as into Minnesota and Illinois. The western extent has been into the Havre area with the southern extent in Montana down into Miles City.

Tuesday, June 30th 2015
FWP Reminds Boaters to Be Aware of AIS, and Be Safe This Holiday Weekend

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds folks recreating on Montana waters to continue to be aware of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), and to be safe and responsible this holiday weekend.

AIS roving inspection stations will continue to move around to various locations around the region. Also, inspection stations will be randomly set up at water-access points. All watercraft, including boats, canoes, kayaks, and jet skis, ARE REQUIRED to stop at the inspection stations as directed by the designated signs. Tickets can be issued for watercraft that do not stop. According to Glasgow area warden Todd Tryan, they are seeing many drive-bys. “If you see the AIS sign and you have some type of watercraft, regardless of your destination, you need to stop.”

The focus of these efforts are to assist boaters with self inspection procedures and educate them about the importance of cleaning watercraft, checking live wells, and to ensure that any watercraft moving to another water body is completely clean and dry of AIS.

The Eurasian watermilfoil plant has become established throughout Fort Peck Reservoir and the Dredge Cuts below Fort Peck Dam. According to Patricia Gilbert, Natural Resource Specialist for the Army Corp of Engineers on Fort Peck Reservoir, you can do your best to avoid spreading this invasive milfoil.

“Eurasian milfoil is found most commonly in less than nine feet of water in the Dredge Cuts, and in less than ten feet of water on Fort Peck Reservoir,” said Gilbert. “Basically, if you see it, avoid it. However, if you do come in contact with aquatic vegetation, make sure to inspect, clean, and dry your boat as soon as you get off of the water.”

FWP also reminds boaters to be safe this holiday weekend. Regarding personal floatation devices (PFDs): All children under 12 must wear a life jacket. Vessels less than 16 feet long (including canoes and kayaks) must have one life jacket for each person on board. Vessels 16 feet or longer must have one life jacket for each person on board, plus one Type IV (throwable) device. All persons towed by a boat; water skiers, wake boarders, knee boarders, tubers, etc, need to wear a PFD. All persons operating or riding a personal watercraft, such as a jet ski, must wear a PFD.

Please also be responsible in the operation of all watercraft. It is unlawful and dangerous to operate a motorboat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Follow all basic boating rules, such as observing all “no wake” and speed–limit signs, and respecting other boaters and non-boaters.

Lastly, owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get their free validation decals before launching their watercraft. The current validation decals are blue and are valid until February 28, 2017. You can obtain your boat validation decal online at http://fwp.mt.gov/recreation/permits/boatDecals.html or stop by your local FWP headquarters. In addition, for a copy of the 2015-2016 Montana Boating Laws, please stop by your local FWP headquarters for a free booklet.

Monday, June 29th 2015
4-Year Old Killed In Accidental Shooting In St. Marie
4-year old Summer Miller of St. Marie was killed in an accident involving a gun on Saturday in St. Marie.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier said the 4-year old girl was in her home Saturday morning when the accident occurred. Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 News that Miller was the only person involved in the incident.

Sheriff Meier said the death has been ruled accidental and the investigation is complete.

The Valley County Sheriff's Office was called to the St. Marie residence at 10am on Saturday.

Monday, June 29th 2015
FWP Removes Two Bighorn Sheep in Malta Area to Protect Breaks Herds
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks removed two young bighorn rams found commingling with domestic sheep last week. The bighorns were 28 miles south of Malta, well away from their normal habitat. The meat was donated to local families, and the horns will be used for educational purposes.

The two rams were found on private land along Beaver Creek in southern Phillips County. They were 22 miles from established populations in hunting district 622 in the Missouri River Breaks, and 25 miles from populations in the Little Rockies in hunting district 620. Neighbors alerted FWP about the rams after observing them in close proximity to domestic sheep, including within an enclosed pen. With landowner permission to access the property, FWP’s Malta area Wildlife Biologist Scott Thompson removed the bighorns on June 24.

“Bighorn sheep are managed pretty intensively,” said Thompson. “To keep a healthy population of bighorn sheep, more aggressive management may be used at times. Sometimes, that can mean removing bighorns that pose a health risk to the rest of the population.”

Pneumonia and other respiratory diseases in wild sheep are known to sometimes be transmitted by bacteria carried and tolerated by domestic sheep. There are currently no domestic sheep near established bighorn sheep populations in Region 6. “It is not out of the question for young rams to wander outside their typical habitat, as they did here, and come in contact with domestic sheep,” Thompson said. “This scenario is more likely when bighorn sheep populations are at higher levels, as is currently the case with some Missouri Breaks bighorn sheep herds.”

Last May, the Fish & Wildlife Commission approved a proposal to establish a "commingling management area" for the Missouri River Breaks population of bighorn sheep. That management action established boundaries to help prevent the possibility of commingling and disease transmission between wild and domestic sheep. The two bighorns removed last week were within the commingling management area, which encompasses land well outside of bighorn sheep habitat and in areas domestic sheep are known to occur. Wild sheep that wander into the exclusion zone can be removed by FWP to prevent the possibility of disease transmission from domestic herds back to existing wild bighorn populations.

Tissue samples were taken from the two rams, to test for respiratory diseases and determine overall health.

“Populations of bighorn sheep in our area are doing excellent,” said Thompson. “However, wild sheep have a high risk for major die-offs due to disease. Other bighorn populations across the state have had respiratory disease issues leading to die-offs of all age classes within the herd. We strive to keep our herds as healthy as we can to prevent this.”

Thompson noted that disease in bighorn sheep populations is a serious issue in other areas of the state. In the Tendoy Mountains near Lima, for instance, there are plans to remove the entire herd, and later restock it with healthy bighorns. Other recent bighorn sheep die offs resulted in the closure of hunting district 122 near Plains and hunting district 305 near Gardiner until the herds there recover.

“FWP appreciates when landowners, neighbors, and recreationist let us know when they see wild and domestic sheep in close proximity,” said Quentin Kujala, FWP Wildlife Management Section Chief in Helena. “Without early notice, this incidence may have gone undetected. The management area concept maintains wildlife populations along with different land uses and really needs everybody’s participation to succeed.”

FWP are asking for anyone who detects bighorn sheep and domestic sheep in close proximity to please contact their local biologist, warden, or regional headquarters.

Monday, June 29th 2015
Corps Releases Camping Info
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Fort Peck Project would like to welcome all the recreation visitors back for the 2015 summer season. We fully understand that camp site locations have become limited with increased use over the past few years, and are working hard to address this issue by reorganizing existing camping resources to expand overflow camping areas.
By reorganizing facilities, we have added sites at the following areas:
• Roundhouse Point – 8 camp sites.
• Flat Lake – 3 camp sites. Boat launch parking area has been expanded.
• Duck Creek – 4 camp sites. Group fire ring added at one site.
West End Shelters 2 and/or 3 are now available to reserve for Group Camping through http://www.recreation.gov. Included in the reservation is use of the vault toilet and shelter with grill.
• Shelter 2 costs $50/night, and is reservable up to 14 nights. There is limited space at Shelter 2 for no more than 5 campers and/or tents and 3 vehicles allowed. A minimum of 3 campers or tents must occupy this site under the reservation.
• Shelter 3 costs $75/night, and is reservable up to 14 nights. Eight designated sites with campfire rings and picnic tables are available. A minimum of 5 camp sites must be occupied under the reservation with no more than 16 vehicles and 100 people total allowed. Camping is allowed in the immediately mowed area.
With expanding opportunities, we need to remind users of the following rules and regulations governing camping at Corps Projects Nationwide:
• Within recreation areas, camping is permitted only at designated sites. Camping at one or more campsites in a recreation area for a period longer than 14 days during any 30-consecutive-day period is prohibited. Camp sites must be occupied daily.
• The placement of camping equipment or other items on a campsite for the purpose of reserving that campsite for future occupancy is prohibited.

Please remember that these recreation areas and facilities are available for all the public to enjoy. Everyone has a right to access unoccupied campsites on a first-come, first-serve basis, unless specifically reserved. Items, including vehicles or campers left at sites unattended are subject to removal and impoundment at the owner’s expense.

Copies of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rules and Regulations (Title 36) are available at the Administration building at Fort Peck. Questions regarding camping information or other recreation opportunities may be directed to the Natural Resources Staff at 406/526-3411.

Monday, June 29th 2015
New Fire Rings Added At Fort Peck Recreation Area
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Fort Peck Project would like to welcome all the recreation visitors back for the 2015 summer season. In reorganizing our camping resources, we have added several campsites with firerings at many locations in the Fort Peck Recreation Area.

With expanding opportunities, we need to remind users of the following rules and regulations governing fires at Corps Projects Nationwide:
• Fires shall be contained within fireplaces, grills, firerings, or other facilities designated for this purpose.
• Fires shall not be left unattended and must be completely extinguished before departure.
• The burning of materials that produce toxic fumes, including but not limited to: tires, plastic, floatation materials, and treated wood is prohibited.
• Nails and screws left inside and around firerings are a safety concern for future visitors at the site, as well as staff. Burning of pallets, construction debris or other materials with nails, screws, or hardware is prohibited.

Please remember that these recreation areas and facilities are available for all the public to enjoy. Areas burned outside of firerings are an eyesore and burning outside of firerings have the potential of starting a wildlife. Individuals inadvertently starting wildfires are subject to restitution for all expenses related to controlling the wildfire. Violators of the rules are subject to citation and fines.

Copies of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rules and Regulations (Title 36) are available at the Administration building at Fort Peck. Questions regarding camping information or other recreation opportunities may be directed to the Natural Resources Staff at 406/526-3411.

Monday, June 29th 2015
Reminder: Fireworks Prohibited on CMR
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Fort Peck Project and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge would like to welcome all the recreation visitors for the Fourth of July Holiday. It is an exciting time to celebrate the birth of our nation, and we all look forward to the long weekend to relax and spend time with our families and friends.

Fireworks are a traditional way to celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday; we need to remind users of the following rules and regulations governing fireworks at Corps Projects and National Wildlife Refuges Nationwide:

• Possession of explosives or igniting explosive devices of any kind, including fireworks or other pyrotechnics, is prohibited.

Please remember that these recreation areas and facilities are available for all the public to enjoy. Fireworks are an explicit danger to the surrounding public, wildlife, and habitat. Visitors and landowners within the Fort Peck Cabin Sites utilizing fireworks are subject to fines and other penalties. Individuals inadvertently starting wildfires are subject to restitution for all expenses related to controlling the wildfire.

Copies of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rules and Regulations (Title 36) are available at the Administration building at Fort Peck. Questions regarding camping information or other recreation opportunities may be directed to the Natural Resources Staff at 406/526-3411.

Monday, June 29th 2015
Off Road Info From U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Fort Peck Project and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge would like to welcome all the recreation and hunting visitors utilizing the area. We all enjoy the remoteness and ruggedness of the area. One reasons for the remoteness is the limited road network on the Refuge and Project. We want to remind users of the following rules and regulations governing vehicle use (including OHV, ATV’s, Motorcycles, and Passenger Vehicles) at Corps Projects and National Wildlife Refuges Nationwide:

• The operation and/or parking of a vehicle off authorized roadways (numbered roads) is prohibited.
• Taking any vehicle through, around or beyond a restrictive sign, recognizable barricade, fence, or traffic control barrier is prohibited.

We fully understand the roads can become impassable during and after inclement weather; however, this is not an excuse to drive around impassable areas. Furthermore, creating personal access points because it is easy or close is not an excuse to drive off numbered roads. Use of vehicles off designated roads causes damage to vegetation, spreads invasive species, and causes erosion. Vehicles driven in tall, dry vegetation can ignite the vegetation by way of their exhaust systems. Please remember that these recreation areas and facilities are available for all the public to enjoy; and many people do not enjoy seeing tire tracks or damages to vegetation resulting from off road travel. Visitors and easement holders driving any vehicle off numbered roads are subject to fines and other penalties. Individuals inadvertently starting wildfires are subject to restitution for all expenses related to controlling the wildfire.

Copies of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rules and Regulations (Title 36) are available at the Administration building at Fort Peck. Questions regarding camping information or other recreation opportunities may be directed to the Natural Resources Staff at 406/526-3411.

Copies of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rules and Regulations (50CFR) are available at Field Offices in Fort Peck, Jordan, Sand Creek, or Lewistown. Questions regarding public use on Refuge Lands may be directed to the Lewistown Office at 406/538-8706

Monday, June 29th 2015
Williston Continues To Grow Despite Downturn In Oil Industry
A downturn in the oil industry isn't having much of an effect on construction in the North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston.

The value of private enterprise building permits issued through March is $26.5 million. And there are numerous publicly funded projects under way or in the works.

They include a $50 million high school, $122 million in city and county road improvements, a $162 million state-funded truck bypass project, and a $250 million airport relocation.

Local Job Service office manager Cindy Sanford says construction jobs are taking the edge off oil job losses. Williston Economic Development Director Shawn Wenko says Williston continues to grow, and he doesn't expect a slowdown anytime soon.

Thursday, June 25th 2015
Officials Identify 19-Year-Old Man Killed In Rollover Crash
(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Roosevelt County have released the name of a 19-year-old man who died in a rollover crash southwest of Brockton.

The coroner's office tells The Billings Gazette that Joseph Ryan Hanson of Culbertson died in the crash on BIA Route 1 on Sunday morning.

The Montana Highway Patrol says Hanson was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling eastbound when it went into the ditch on the left side of the road. The driver overcorrected and the vehicle went into the ditch on the right-hand side of the road and rolled several times.

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

Thursday, June 25th 2015
Montana Arts Council Grants Awarded To 44 Arts Organizations Across The State
The Montana Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Public Value Partnerships Grant Awards. Forty-four arts organizations representing every region of the state were awarded four-year grants for operating funds from the Montana Arts Council through this program designed to support the educational mission of Montana non-profit arts organizations.

Public Value Partnerships between Montana non-profit arts organizations and the Montana Arts Council champion the fact that the arts are of benefit to all the citizens of Montana and are worthy of state and federal investment. Public value is defined as making a positive difference to the individual and collective lives of the citizens of Montana through the arts.

Public Value Partnerships utilize three tools to expand the public value of the significant work being done by Montana’s non-profit arts organizations. Participating arts organizations build relationships with individuals and organizations in their communities in order to build greater participation in the arts. They also work to create greater relevance and connection between their programs and their participants or constituents. Finally, arts organizations develop return on investment, both in terms of personal significance to individuals and by building economic vitality for their community and the state.

The program funds general operating costs to support arts organizations with strong operations - including stable management, ongoing assessment and evaluation and high artistic quality for the communities being served. This cycle of 44 grants brings nine new organizations into Public Value Partnership with the Montana Arts Council and the state of Montana.

A five–member panel convened June 4, 2015 to evaluate the recipients from this cycle of applicants. Final funding decisions were made by the full Montana Arts Council at their June 6 meeting in Helena.

Funded Organizations and Award Amounts

Headquarters Organization Award

Bigfork Bigfork Playhouse Children's Theatre $2,620
Billings Yellowstone Art Museum $10,000
Billings Billings Symphony Society $10,000
Billings Western Heritage Center $5,340
Billings Alberta Bair Theater $10,000
Bozeman Montana Shakespeare in the Parks $10,000
Bozeman Montana Ballet Company $2,410
Bozeman Verge Theater $2,000
Bozeman Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture $6,640
Bozeman Intermountain Opera Association $4,540
Butte Butte Symphony Association $2,000
Conrad Pondera Arts Council $2,000
Darby Irwin & Florence Rosten Foundation $2,340
Dillon Art Mobile of Montana $2,000
Dillon Southwest Montana Arts Council $2,000
Eureka Sunburst Foundation $2,000
Fort Peck Fort Peck Fine Arts Council, Inc. $5,220
Great Falls Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art $7,110
Great Falls Russell Museum $10,000
Great Falls Great Falls Symphony $8,700
Hamilton Bitterroot Performing Arts Council $2,270
Helena Helena Symphony $9,260
Helena Archie Bray Foundation $10,000
Helena Grandstreet Broadwater Productions, Inc. $7,630
Helena Helena Presents/Myrna Loy Center $6,260
Kalispell Hockaday Museum of Art $4,000
Kalispell Glacier Symphony and Chorale $8,090
Miles City WaterWorks Art Museum $2,010
Missoula MCT, Inc. $10,000
Missoula Missoula Writing Collaborative $3,170
Missoula Missoula Art Museum $10,000
Missoula Clay Studio of Missoula $2,000
Missoula Missoula Cultural Council $2,250
Missoula CoMotion Dance Project $2,000
Missoula Montana Repertory Theatre $8,340
Missoula Montana Museum of Art & Culture $4,260
Missoula Zootown Arts Community Center $2,000
Missoula Living Art of Montana $2,000
Red Lodge Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery $2,300
Seeley Lake Alpine Artisans, Inc. $2,000
Whitefish Alpine Theatre Project, Inc. $9,510
Whitefish North Valley Music School $3,130
Whitefish Stumptown Art Studio $2,520
Whitefish Whitefish Theatre Company $4,400
Thursday, June 25th 2015
Montana Governor's Cup Fills At 200 Teams
The 28th Annual Montana Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament is now full with 200 two-person teams competing for nearly $100,000 in cash and prizes.

The tourney is set for Fort Peck Lake on July 9th, 10th and 11th. With a 100% payback on all entry fees, day money and big fish contests, this year’s tournament will be the biggest in history.

The winning team will take home a $15,000 first place prize making the Governor’s Cup the most lucrative walleye tournament in Montana.

It’s been since 2002 that the Governor’s Cup has reached the limit of 200 teams. There was a stretch from 1998-2002 that the tournament was filled at the 200 maximum amount of teams.
The tourney hit hard times and entries fell as low as 70 in 2007 but has been rebounding in recent years. Last year’s tourney had 142 teams entered.

A waiting list is being comprised by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture for this year’s tourney. If you are interested in being on the waiting list you need to contact the Glasgow Chamber at 406-228-2222 or by email at chamber@nemont.net. A deposit of $150 is required to be put on the waiting list for the Governor’s Cup.

The tourney starts on Thursday, July 9th with a rules meeting and the actual tourney fishing is set for July 10th and 11th based out of the Fort Peck Marina.

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015
First Community Bank Launches New Project To Help Local Business
Sam Waters, president of First Community Bank in Glasgow, recently launched the Pride in Our Community Project to help local businesses improve storefronts and enhance the appearance of the community.

First Community Bank launched the program as an incentive for business owners in the Glasgow and the surrounding area to give their businesses a face lift and to spark outdoor improvements. The bank is offering unsecured loans of up to $5,000 with zero percent interest, no fees and a flexible, four-year payment schedule. The bank is dedicating $100,000 to fund the program, Waters said. “The founders of this bank started it to help people build a community on the frontier. Today we continue to work hard in promoting and improving our community.”

Officials said the project will let local businesses work on improvements -- like landscaping or renovations -- to increase the appeal of the area visible to customers, neighboring merchants, residents and tourists. The hope for the program is to help leverage private improvements and make revitalization affordable.

Interested business owners may stop by the Glasgow or Hinsdale office of First Community Bank, the City of Glasgow office or the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce office for a simple one page application. Additionally, applications are available via email at fcbg@fcbank.net or by phone at 228-8231.

First Community Bank is locally owned and operated. It has served Montana communities since 1891. Branches are located in Glasgow, Hinsdale, Culbertson, Froid, Wolf Point, Ashland, Three Forks and Helena. First Community has over 85 employees providing a full range of financial services with pride, knowledge, experience and friendliness.

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015
Longest Dam Race Wrap-up
The 21st Annual Longest Dam Race was held June 20, 2015 at Fort Peck Dam, Fort Peck MT.

A beautiful green, sun-filled morning at Kiwanis Park was the atmosphere for a record breaking 443 individuals who participated in the five events.

The youngest participants were three year olds and the oldest was 84. All 21 participants from the Milk River Activity Center completed the one mile walk.

The 443 participants represented 11 states including Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Washington, and Wyoming, plus the province of Saskatchewan.

195 of the 443 were from Glasgow and the surrounding area.

The races offered something for everyone. The day began with the 10k run across the Dam and ended with the one mile walk/run on the Nature Trail at Kiwanis Park. A record breaking 46 runners participated in the 10k.

Twenty five individuals participated in the 10 mile bike route on Hwy #117. The number race participants were up from 412 in 2014 to 443 for this year. Prizes provided by Big Valley Water and medals were given to the top two finishers in each age group and overall race prizes in each category. The races were assisted by FMDH EMT’s, McCone & Valley County Sheriff’s, the Montana Highway Patrol, Rock Solid Youth/Assembly of God Church, Glasgow Recreation Department, MDT, and dozens of volunteers.

The 2015 Longest Dam Race T-shirt was designed by Allison Neumiller of Glasgow. The first 75 entries received a free ticket for the Saturday June 20th performance of One Man Two Guvnors at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre.
The Longest Dam Race is sponsored by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture. The 2016 Longest Dam Race will be held Saturday June 18th, 2016. For more information call 406-228-2222 or http://www.glasgowchamber.net.

Monday, June 22nd 2015
Nashua And Opheim Continue Agreements For Valley County To Provide Law Enforcement Services
Mayors in Nashua and Opheim have both signed agreements which provide for the Valley County Sheriff's Office to provide law enforcement coverage to the municipalities.

The Valley County Sheriff's Office will provide 832 hours of general law enforcement services per year at a cost of $20,550 for the Town of Nashua.

In the Town of Opheim, the VCSO will provide 624 hours of law enforcement coverage at a cost of $15,336.

Monday, June 22nd 2015
Valley County Unemployment Rate Falls To Just 2.3%
Montana’s unemployment rate declined to 3.9 percent in May, down 0.1 percentage points from April. Employment levels in Montana are now over the half million threshold for the first time ever. The U.S. unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 5.5 percent. New data from the Montana Department of Labor & Industry also showed that the state’s average annual wage increased to $38,875 in 2014, a 3.5% increase over last year.

“Montana added roughly 1,500 more jobs last month,” Governor Steve Bullock said. “Our strong growth and low unemployment are driving up wages, meaning more Montanans are working and putting more money in their pockets on payday.”

“Strong employment growth in the first five months of 2015 has pushed Montana’s employment level to more than half a million jobs,” said Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy. “The Montana Department of Labor and Industry is committed to identifying and training more Montana workers to increase this number even further.”

Montana’s total employment levels continued to grow, increasing by 1,469 jobs in May, for a total of 11,989 jobs added over the last twelve months and total employment of 504,195. Total employment estimates include payroll employment, plus agricultural and self-employed workers. Payroll employment did not increase over the month, but posted a larger than average gain of 1,900 jobs in April.

Annual wage data for 2014 is now available, indicating that the average annual wage in Montana increased 3.5 percent last year to $38,875. Inflation in 2014 was only 1.6 percent, meaning that Montana workers experienced real wage growth above the rate of inflation.

The unemployment rate in Valley County fell to just 2.3% which is the lowest unemployment rate since before 1990. There is a labor force in Valley County of 4,464 which is an increase of 136 over this time last year.

Thursday, June 18th 2015
Gov. Bullock Encourages Montanans To Take Advantage Of Father's Day Free-fishing Weekend
Whether you cast a fly or bait a hook everyone can fish for free Saturday and Sunday as Montana invites friends and family statewide to kick back in celebration of Father's Day weekend, June 20-21.

"While many Montana anglers want to keep their favorite fishing hole a secret, one thing that isn’t a secret is that our state is home to some of the best rivers, lakes, and streams for fishing in the world," said Gov. Steve Bullock . "I encourage Montanans to take advantage of this free fishing weekend, and maybe even show off their secret fishing spot to a child or grandchild."

Bullock said there's no better way to enjoy Montana than to plan for a day of fishing with friends and family.

"Over Father's Day weekend everyone in Montana can fish for free—and without a license—just remember that everyone must follow all of Montana's other fishing regulations," Bullock said.

As Montana fishing soothes mind, body and soul, fishing recreation also provides jobs and spurs the state's economy. Each year about 230,000 residents and 160,000 nonresidents purchase a Montana fishing license. Montana anglers spend more than $900 million annually for things like equipment for the trip, transportation, food, beverages, lodging, guide fees and other expenses.

Montana's most popular fishing waters include the Madison, Bighorn, Missouri, Bitterroot and Gallatin rivers; and Canyon Ferry, Flathead, Georgetown, Hauser, and Fort Peck lakes.

The state's "fish for free" weekend was established in 2011 as the state's Father's Day gift to dads everywhere.

Bullock said he encourages everyone to have a fun time but also urged all to check conditions first and to always keep safety a top concern.

For water and boating safety tips, check the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; click "Recreation," then choose "Stay Safe Outdoors."

The free fishing promotion is set Saturday and Sunday over Father's Day weekend, June 20-21.

Thursday, June 18th 2015
Valley County Commissioners Vote To Remove Fair Commission Member
The Valley County Commissioners in a unanimous vote on Wednesday voted to remove Gene Hartsock as a member of the Valley County Fair Commission.

The Commissioners had received a letter from the Fair Commission stating that they had voted unanimously to remove Hartsock from the commission and they requested the Valley County Commission do the same.

The letter stated the Fair Commission had met on June 8th and on the agenda was an item to discuss the behavior of Gene Hartsock as a member of the Fair Commission. The commission developed a list of items that the commission felt was out of line and needed to be addressed in relation to Gene Hartsocks behavior. The items:

1. Foul language used during meetings
2. Threats toward others
3. Rude remarks to board members and public
4. 4. Budget/Spending- spending over budget amounts
5. Addressing all matters with the board prior to starting a project or telling someone what can and can’t be done
6. In general having respect for other board members.

Several Fair Commission members were present and spoke of Hartsocks’ behavior at commission meetings and stated he used foul language and threatened others at meetings. Most commission members commended the work that Hartsock had done on the grounds of the fairgrounds and said most of their complaints had to do with his behavior at meetings.

Hartsock spoke for himself at the meetings and said the allegations are without merit. He told the Valley County Commissioners that on the issue of respecting others that you don’t demand respect, you earn it.

Hartsock had supporters in the crowd. Roubie Younkin and Shelly Mills, representing Valley County 4-H, said that the fairgrounds are in great shape because of Gene Hartsock and all the work that he has done. Roubie Youknin stated that she believed the whole Fair Commission needed an overhaul in respect to attitude and not just Gene Hartsock.

After a lengthy discussion, and very little comment from the Valley County Commissioners, the Valley County Commissioners voted 3-0 to remove Hartsock from the Fair Commission.
Hartsock had been appointed to the Fair Commission in 2014.

Tuesday, June 16th 2015
Aquatic Invasive Species Inspections Continue at Fort Peck Reservoir and Surrounding Waters
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is continuing to conduct Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) inspections on Fort Peck Reservoir and other waters across Northeastern Montana, as we move into the summer season.

AIS roving inspection stations will move around to various locations around the region. In addition, the border-check station at Culbertson is up and running at the Department of Transportation weigh station. All watercraft, including boats, canoes, kayaks, and jet skis, ARE REQUIRED to stop at the inspection stations as directed by the designated signs. Tickets can be issued for watercraft that do not stop.

Also, Inspection stations will be randomly set up at water-access points across region. The focus of these efforts are to assist boaters with self inspection procedures and educate them about the importance of cleaning watercraft, checking live wells, and to ensure that any watercraft moving to another water body is completely clean and dry of AIS.

“The most important part of this effort is education,” says Region 6 Warden Captain Mike Herman. “We want all watercraft users to take it upon themselves to be concerned about the quality of their waters, and to do their part to stop the spread of invasive species. It only takes a few minutes to ensure that your boat is clean and dry, every time you leave the water.”

In addition, AIS inspectors will be educating anglers on legal bait use. No live minnows can be brought in from out of state. If leeches are brought in from out of state, a receipt is needed to verify that the leeches came from an approved, disease free source.

Aquatic Invasive Species, such as the Eurasian watermilfoil plant, have become established throughout Fort Peck Reservoir and the Dredge Cuts below Fort Peck Dam. AIS efforts are in place to reduce the risk of spreading this to other Montana waters. Zebra and quagga mussels and the New Zealand Mudsnails have not been discovered in the Fort Peck area, but New Zealand Mudsnails have been found in Montana.

The recreating public is asked to help prevent the movement of all AIS by ensuring that watercraft and trailers are clean and dry when they leave the reservoir and other areas. If you have any questions, please call the Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow at 406-228-3700. Remember: INSPECT. CLEAN. DRY.

Tuesday, June 16th 2015
Glasgow City Council Votes Down Proposed Pet Ordinance
The Glasgow City Council considered a proposed ordinance on Monday that would of allowed each household in Glasgow to only have 3 cats or dogs in their residence.

The proposed ordinance was tabled by the City Council after several members of the public voiced concern over the limits of pets per household. There was also concern over homes in Glasgow that currently house rescued dogs and cats. There is currently one house that holds rescued dogs and another that houses rescued cats. This issue wasn't addressed in the ordinance.

After much discussion the City Council tabled the ordinance and agreed to revisit the issue with input from the public. The pet ordinance had passed the City Council earlier this month.

Tuesday, June 16th 2015
FWP Region 6 Mule Deer & Whitetail Deer Aerial Survey Findings Released
Photo: Mule deer, photographed by FWP technician Ken Plourde

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists have completed their 2015 winter and spring aerial surveys of deer populations across Region 6 in northeastern Montana. The surveys indicate a continuing increase in numbers for mule deer, and mostly unchanging populations of whitetail deer across the region.
Mule deer
For mule deer, 11 trend areas in Region 6 are typically examined each year from the air. The winter “post-season survey” was completed in January, and the “spring survey” was completed in late March and April. While total deer counts tend to be variable, FWP Biologist Scott Thompson of Malta said the 2015 surveys indicate mule deer are above average. “The trend still shows an ongoing, gradual recovery across the region since the high winter mortality in 2010-2011,” Thompson said.
The post-hunting-season surveys showed the region-wide mule deer population at 20 percent above average, and 50 percent above the 2014 surveys. The spring surveys showed region-wide populations at 13 percent above average, and 28 percent above the 2014 survey.
While regional numbers indicate above average mule deer levels overall, differences are seen across the region and in isolated areas as well. According to Thompson, mule deer trend area numbers in the eastern half of the region (Glasgow area and east) are at or above the average. The western half of the region (Malta and Havre area), however, is at or below average. This same trend was seen in the deer fawn-to-adult ratios that are also conducted during the spring survey.

“Fawn to adult ratio is an indicator of over-winter survival as well as new recruitment into the population,” Thompson said. “The 2015 survey showed 55 fawns to 100 adults across the region, which is slightly above the average of 53 fawns to 100 adults. The eastern half of Region 6 saw the higher number of fawns to adults, with 63 fawns to 100 adults, while the western half was at 42 fawns to 100 adults, indicating a slower-growing mule deer population.”

“Figures taken from our deer surveys are only one factor in deer management recommendations,” Thompson further explained. “Season-setting and quota-setting decisions made by the Fish & Wildlife Commission also consider prior year’s harvest, weather and habitat factors, as well as additional input gathered from landowners, hunters, the general public and other agencies.”

Another pressing factor in managing deer populations is the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD) that is moving further south in Alberta and Saskatchewan toward the Montana border. Last winter, FWP initiated a mule deer telemetry study north of Chinook in Hunting District 600 to gather data on the movement of deer between the U.S. and Canada.

For 2015, most Region 6 hunting districts will be managed under the standard regulation for mule deer, which includes either-sex for a general deer license (A-tag), but no additional doe/B-licenses. “The exception to this are hunting districts that were trailing behind in mule deer recovery, according to our surveys,” Thompson said. “These include hunting districts 600, 611, 621, and 622, which will remain as a mule deer buck only for a general deer license, with no doe licenses.” In 2014, all of Montana, including Region 6, restricted mule deer hunting to bucks only.

Whitetail deer

In regards to whitetails, Thompson said surveys have been completed in six areas across Region 6. Due to more uniform habitat, the whitetail surveys tend to look at deer density, as opposed to total numbers, for trends. This year’s surveys show that whitetail populations are approximately 47 percent below average, which is an average of six deer per square mile in the trend areas. This is nearly the same as the 2014 survey. “Densities in the eastern section of the region are 41 percent below average, while the western portion of the region is 46 percent below the average,” Thompson said.

A large peak in the Region 6 whitetail population was observed between 2008 and 2010, when numbers were observed to be 25 percent above the average. At the time, whitetail densities were as high as 40 – 50 deer per square mile in some areas. “This was an unsustainable level that was causing problems for landowners and also degrading habitat conditions,” Thompson said. “EHD outbreaks and other factors trimmed those numbers back considerably. Nearly all of the Milk River and Missouri River bottoms have experienced at least one, if not two, EHD die-offs in the last three years.” According to past records, current levels of whitetail are similar to what was experienced in the late 1980s.

With whitetail numbers still relatively low, and in accordance with recent Fish and Wildlife Commission rule-setting, no antlerless “B” licenses will be available to hunters anywhere in Region 6 this fall. All whitetail hunting in Region 6 will continue to be either-sex on a general deer license.

Monday, June 15th 2015
Summer Sailing Event Is Saturday June 20th

FORT PECK LAKE SAILORS are participating in annual celebration to increase awareness of sailing.

Fort Peck Montana – As part of the 15th annual worldwide Summer Sailstice the Fort Peck Lake Sailing Club will join sailors around the world with sailing event as part of this global celebration of sailing. We’ll be joining ‘together’ with sailors everywhere who will be sailing on the weekend of June 20th, the weekend closest to the summer solstice. The Fort Peck Lake Sailing Club will celebrate by hosting a fun afternoon of free sailing at the Fort Peck Marina, by inviting current or prospective sailors down to their docks to get on the water under sail or to contribute by demonstrating the best of the sailing world.

The Summer Sailstice sailing holiday invites all sailors to join together by hoisting their sails wherever they are, aboard whatever they sail and showcasing to the world the “who, what, where, why and how” of sailing. While just one weekend in the life of sailing, Summer Sailstice is the only time all sailors and the vast variety of sailing styles can all sail and celebrate ‘together’. 2014 saw the largest Summer Sailstice celebration yet with sailors in all 50 US states and over 40 countries participating.

Who: Sailors and non-sailors worldwide
When: June 20, 2015
Where: Fort Peck Marina (where there’s wind, water and sails)
How: Come to the Marina for Free Sailboat rides and information on Fort Peck Lake Sailing Club
To learn more about Worldwide Summer Sailstice, visit www.summersailstice.com.

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

Thursday, June 11th 2015
MDT proposes a major rehabilitation project for MT 24 in Valley County
Fort Peck - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to rehabilitate about 14 miles of MT 24, west of Fort Peck and south of Glasgow within Valley County. The project begins at reference post 59.6 and extends northwest for 13.8 miles ending at reference post 73.3.

Proposed work includes rehabilitating the existing pavement, new plant mix surfacing, installing rumble strips and finishing with a seal & cover (chip seal), upgraded pavement marking, signage and guardrail.

A target construction date will be determined upon completion of design activities and as funding becomes available.

No new Right-of-Way or utility relocations will be needed.

For more information, please contact Glendive District Administrator Shane Mintz at (406) 345-8212 or Project Design Engineer Kevin Gilbert at (406) 444 6230. For the hearing impaired, the TTY number is (406) 444 7696 or 1-800-335-7592, or call the Montana Relay at 711. Members of the public may submit written comments to the Montana Department of Transportation Glendive office at PO Box 890, Glendive MT 59330-0890, or online at

Wednesday, June 10th 2015
Hunters Charged with Hunting Without Licenses and Unlawful Possession of Buck in Roosevelt County
A group of hunters from Texas, Michigan and Montana were charged for several crimes in Roosevelt County, including hunting without licenses and possessing and transporting an unlawfully killed mule deer buck. The incident took place in 2009.

The men were hunting on Block Management land along Big Muddy Creek in Roosevelt County when
they fired upon a mule deer buck. Two of the men involved in shooting at the deer did not have licenses, including the man who initially wounded it.

Walter Pawlowski (53) of Bellville, Texas, was charged with hunting without a valid license. Pawlowski
agreed to a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Roosevelt County Attorney’s office before Justice of the Peace Penny Hendrickson, for hunting and wounding a mule deer buck without a license. As part of the deferred prosecution agreement, Pawlowski was assessed $500 in restitution and must be law-abiding for 6 months.

Michael Alber (47) of Wyoming, Michigan, was charged with hunting without a valid license and fined $535. Alber was also given a written warning for possessing and transporting an unlawfully killed mule deer buck.

Three other men in the group, two from Texas and one from Montana, were given written warnings for possessing and transporting an unlawfully killed mule deer buck.

This case also involved teamwork and collaboration with other state agencies. According to Lennie Buhmann, the FWP investigator involved with the case, “We wouldn’t have been able to conclude the case and complete a successful investigation without the assistance from five Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens in the Houston area.”

Anyone with information about crimes involving fish, wildlife or park regulations is encouraged to call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

Wednesday, June 10th 2015
Glasgow Girl Among Miss Montana Outstanding Teen Contestants
GLENDIVE -Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen contestants started and ended Tuesday with rehearsals for the Scholarship Pageant June 11-12 at the DCHS auditorium in Glendive. In between they had a photo shoot in Makoshika State Park with Bohle Images of Plevna, enjoyed a pulled pork luncheon served by the Glendive Lions Club at their A-frame in the park with a panoramic view of the badlands. The Miss and Teen contestants were inspired by entrepreneurs Laura Gluekert and Myrna Qualey, owners of The Enchanted Room and Enchanted Living, who shared the trials and joys of owning your own business. The Enchanted Room is rated one of the best ten quilt shops in the USA over a 15-year period.

Then it was back to rehearsals followed by a five-course etiquette dinner at the Yellowstone River Inn, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Glendive, with etiquette advice from Lisa and A ‘Lynn Shields. The evening ended at 11 after dress rehearsal. Wednesday they each will meet their little princess, a six-year-old who will greet them onstage with a flower.
It‘s a full week of activities in Glendive for the 14 Miss Montana and eight Outstanding Teen contestants. Contestants are treated like royalty during the week as local organizations and restaurants prepare meals for the contestants and local families host them and volunteer drivers escort them. The Chamber of Commerce sponsors a “Show us Your Shoes” parade Friday at 1PM followed by an ice cream social with Wilcoxson’s ice cream donated by Cross Petroleum. The contestants also perform community service during their busy week and each have a little princess to greet them on stage.

Contestants compete June 11, 12 and 13 at 7PM at the DCHS Auditorium for scholarships with each Miss Montana contestant receiving at least $850 and a chance to represent Montana at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. Montana’s chosen teen advances to the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando in August.

Miss Montana contestants, age 17-24, are Toby-Jeanne Almy of Miles City; Olivia Dowler of Bozeman; Justiss Firemoon of Poplar, Paige Kauffman, Glendive; Karalie Mangus of Missoula; Deborah Lawson, Forsyth; Mary Kaercher of Havre; Savanah Leidholt of Miles City; Taylor McDermott of Forsyth; Katie Rehbein of Missoula; Katherine Sizemore, Billings; Danielle Wineman of Cut Bank; Toriana Zander, Glendive and Hailey Zinne of Rygate.

Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen Contestants (age 13-17) are Autumn Gault of Glasgow, Emily Kuehn, Glendive; Taylor McDermott, Forsyth; Madison Paige Murray, Corvallis; Abby Hill, Glendive; Quinn Motichka, Polson; Chandra Schwarzbach, Big Sandy; Katee Orr, Missoula; Vanesa Van Vleet of Wibaux

The crowning of Montana's Outstanding Teen is Friday night and Miss Montana on Saturday evening. Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Olivia McMillan of Georgia will perform all three nights and at the Royal Tea Saturday at 1 at the EPEC. Tickets are available at http://www.missmontana.com and at the door as contestants vie for $300,000 in cash and scholarships.

Wednesday, June 10th 2015
Pioneer Museum Open House Is Sunday
The Friends Of The Pioneer Museum will be hosting an open house at the museum this Sunday, June 14th from 1 - 5 p.m.

They'll be serving refreshments, and showing the new gift shop.

Everyone is invited to view the many exhibits that house the heritage of northeast Montana.

Tuesday, June 9th 2015
Landowners on reservations get government buyback offers
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. government has made offers worth more than $230 million to nearly 12,000 landowners on the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap reservations to buy fractionated parcels of land and turn them over to tribal governments.

The nationwide land buyback program is the second phase of a $3.4 billion class-action lawsuit settlement over the mismanagement of royalties held in trust for Indian landowners by the government.

The program aims to buy land parcels owned by multiple individuals — sometimes hundreds or thousands of people — and turn them over to tribal governments.

Department of Interior officials said Monday they were expanding the effort to include properties with buildings, homes and other structures.

Fort Peck landowners have until July 18 to accept offers. Fort Belknap landowners have until July 30.

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

Tuesday, June 9th 2015
FWP “Kids to Fish” Program Allows Youths to Borrow Gear & Tackle for Free
Pictured: Gene Moore, from the Lakeridge Motel and Tackle Shop in Fort Peck, is shown with FWP Region 6 staff Marc Kloker and summer intern Randy Hopkins. The Lakeridge is one location where poles and tackle are available. Photo taken by James Walling of the Glasgow Courier.
A popular Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 program that allows children and their families to check out free fishing rods and tackle is in full swing again this year.

Just in time for summer fishing, FWP staff is in the process of restocking the 49 (and counting) different location sites across Montana’s Hi-Line. The “Kids to Fish” program lets youngsters check out fishing rods and reels and basic tackle, such as hooks, bobbers, and sinkers. Typically, eight rods are at each location, and a tackle box is available to borrow/use the available tackle.

Nationally known rod and reel manufacturers and tackle retailers, D & G Sports & Western in Glasgow, and Stromberg’s Sinclair and the North 40 Outfitters store in Havre give FWP substantial discounts that help keep the program sustainable.

FWP Region 6 Information and Education intern Randy Hopkins, a senior at Montana State University in Bozeman, has been busy maintaining the gear and helping resupply the sites this month. “Just because someone doesn’t have a fishing rod doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to go fishing,” Randy said. “Whether it’s a cousin in town that wants to go fishing, or just an extra pole is needed for catfishing on the Milk River, we want as many kids as possible to be able to go out and fish.”
“The many business owners and other folks who participate in the program deserve special thanks,” adds Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager. “They’re helping a lot of kids have fun on the water this summer.”
The sturdy loaner rods come already rigged with bobbers, split-shot and hooks. Youngsters are required to sign out the equipment at the site and return it in good working order within a reasonable amount of time. Please remember that these rods are to be BROUGHT BACK to the loaner location, even if damaged. If poles are continually lost or stolen, the program will need to make the necessary changes and location sites may be removed.
More than 400 fishing rods are available to be checked out from the outlets by individuals, families, organizations, church groups and schools. If you have any questions about the program, or are interested in having poles available at other locations in your community, please contact Kloker at 406-228-3704.
Fishing rods and tackle are currently available to check out at these locations:
Bainville School
The Grocery Store
Jitter Bugs store
B & S Quick Stop
Finley’s Food Farm
Circle Country Market
Culbertson Public Library
Al’s Town & Country Store
Grain Growers Oil Company
Kwik Stop
Downstream (Kiwanis) Campground
Fort Peck Fish Hatchery
Lakeridge Motel & Tackle Shop
Fort Peck Marina
Fort Peck Interpretive Center
Rock Creek Marina
Froid Grocery
Gildford Mercantile
FWP Region 6 headquarters
City-County Library
Cottonwood Inn
Ezzie’s West End Conoco
Glasgow Recreation Department
Shady Rest RV Park
EZ Mart store
FWP Havre Office
Stromberg’s Sinclair
Hill County Library
The Walleye Tavern (near Fresno Reservoir)
Spencer’s Hi-Way Bar & Grill
Gouse Engraving & Gun Sales
Midway Mercantile (Across from Ma’s Loma Cafe)
Phillips County Library
Westside Conoco Convenience Store
Lake Pit Stop store
B&B Foods
(Planned locations in process)
Pro Co-Op
Dutch Henry’s Club
Sheridan County Library
Ace Hardware
Tribal Express store
Chippewa-Cree Tribal TANF office
Toner’s Tire-Rama
(Planned locations in process)
Grain Growers Oil Company
TruValue Hardware
Cenex West

Tuesday, June 9th 2015
One Man, Two Guv'nors Opens This Weekend
The laugh-out-loud Musical Comedy debuts at Fort Peck Summer Theatre

The run-away hit of the 2012 Broadway season, this musical farce, making its Northwest premier, features everything that audiences love: physical comedy, mistaken identity, gender-bending disguises, stage combat and a love story, all underscored with Beattle’s style music performed by a live skiffle band (Evan Goldhahn, John Knispel, Haley Owens, Morgan Phelps and Luree Green-Chappell).

FPST Artistic Director Andy Meyers plays Francis Henshall (The titular One Man), a role created by James Corden, current host of CBS’ The Late Late Show. Meyers has recruited guest director Trey Compton to navigate him and the rest of the cast through the demanding roles. The two first worked together in Monty Python’s Spamalot in Sanibel Island, FL.

Regarding Compton, Meyers says, “I can’t imagine anyone else as our director. This is the most demanding role I have tackled: it’s scary to be so far out of my box and throwing any inhibitions out the window. I am grateful and thrilled to have Trey here, as we have a great mutual respect and working relationship. I trust him 100%, leading us with his amazing talent, patience, knowledge and creativity.”

That admiration is echoed by Compton, who says, “Andy’s comedy is brutally honest and he has an incredible understanding of the timing and physicality. This role demands that exact skill set. I am thrilled to work with Andy on this show and so excited for the audiences here to see him showcase his incredible talent for comedy.”

The production also stars Michelle Chin and FPST favorite Jamie Parnell as the Two Guvnors, along with Chanel Bragg, Taylor Caprara, Chea Clearwood, Dan Hance, Ethan Henry, Ryan Luwe, Jay Michael Roberts, Megan Wiltshire and Glasgow’s Nick Dirkes, Ethan Jamba, Hailey Stone and Harlan Taylor.

Performances are June 12 – June 28: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm. For tickets and information, call the Fort Peck Summer Theatre Box Office at (406) 526-9943
Following One Man Two Guvnors, the 2015 season continues with:
• 6th Annual DAM Cabaret: July 1
• Missoula Children’s Theatres RAPUNZEL: July 3 & 4
• DISNEY’S TARZAN: July 31 – August 16
• STEEL MAGNOLIAS: August 21 – September 6

Monday, June 8th 2015
Valley County Extension Issues Warning On Dicamba In High Temps
The use of dicamba for control of broadleaved weeds in grassy crops such as wheat is a common occurrence in the spring. However, caution is necessary when using products with this active ingredient.

Trade names for dicamba include Banvel, Clarity, Diablo, Sterling, Vanquish and Vision. Brand names of products with dicamba as one of the main ingredients include: Escalade, Marksmen, One-Time, Q4, Quincept, Status, Weedmaster, and Yukon.

Dicamba is highly volatile at temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If temperatures reach 85 degrees or more at any time during the three to four days following application, the product will volatilize and may move up to 5 miles and injure susceptible crops. Crop injury can occur on peas, lentils, chickpeas, canola, alfalfa, mustard, flax, and many other broad leaved crops.

With the warmer temperatures this week, growers are urges to use caution with use of dicamba products at this time as volatilization drift may occur, resulting in crop injury.

Monday, June 8th 2015
2015-2016 School Year Set To Start September 1st For Glasgow Public Schools
The school calendar for the Glasgow Public Schools shows that school will start September 1st this year with the last day of school set for June 3rd.

Graduation will be held on Sunday, May 29th which is Memorial Day weekend.

The full school calendar may be accessed here:


Monday, June 8th 2015
Latest Filings For Municipal Offices In Valley County
Filing for municipal offices in Valley County started on May 4th and will continue until July 2nd. The city of Glasgow along with Opheim, Nashua and Fort Peck all have elections scheduled this year for their respective local governments.

In the City of Glasgow there are 3 positions available on the City Council.

4 year term in Ward#1- Nancy Schoenfelder-Filed

4-year term in Ward #2- Daniel Durell

4-year term in Ward #3- Rod Karst

In the Town of Opheim there are 2 positions available on the Town Council

4 year term Ward#1- Michael Roberton

4 year term Ward #2- Les Redfield

In the Town of Nashua there are 3 positions available on the Town Council

4 year term- Robert Zeluff-Filed

4 year term- Michael Stingley(inc)
Judy Boyum-Filed

In the Town of Fort Peck there are 3 positions available on the Town Council plus the position of Mayor is up for election.

Mayor- John Jones-Filed

Town Council:

4-year term- Justin Schaaf
4-year term- Kirsten Marie Holte-Filed
2-year term- Mark Sullivan-Filed

Thursday, June 4th 2015
Valley County Chosen For New Heart Disease Prevention Research Study
Valley County Extension has been selected as one of twelve rural locations in Montana to participate in an exciting collaborative research study, Strong Hearts for Montana, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this study, we will be examining the effects of two different programs on the prevention of cardiovascular disease in rural communities. The leading cause of death among adults in Montana, including women, is heart disease. Therefore we are very pleased to be able to be part of this important research.

Valley County will be randomly selected to offer one of two following programs.

Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities
This program will meet twice per week at a time determined by participants for one hour each time, for approximately 6 months plus monthly community meetings and events.
Participants will learn and practice good nutrition and physical activity for improved individual, family, and community health.

Strong Hearts, Healthy Women
This program will meet 1 time per month for 6 months at a time determined by participants for an hour each time.
Participants will learn and discuss techniques and strategies to improve personal health.

We are seeking women aged 40 and over, who would like to be more active and achieve a healthier weight. Participants can earn up to $250 for completing the study, and will be given free blood draws, bone density scans, and nutrition and physical activity assessments before and after the study. To see if you qualify or to learn more about the study, call Leanne or Roubie at the Valley County Extension Office at 228-6241.

Strong Hearts for Montana is a research study developed by Cornell University funded specifically by NIH’s Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Cornell has partnered with Montana State University and county Extension educators to deliver one of the two programs at no cost to the community. If the study shows beneficial results, not only will the program be available to the wider community, it will be made available to other rural communities around the nation. Montana and your community are helping lead the way in what could prove to be a very exciting breakthrough in cardiovascular disease prevention in rural areas throughout the country.

Thursday, June 4th 2015
"Bring Our Families Back" Tour Stops In Glasgow June 11
Glasgow Area Businesses and all interested persons are invited by Two Rivers Economic Growth to a roundtable event at the Cottonwood Inn & Suites at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 11th.

Greg Gianforte will discuss his 30-event “Bring our Families Back” tour to discuss the opportunity of telecommuting from Montana.
Wednesday, June 3rd 2015
Northwestern Energy Electrical Rates Could Be Going Down
HAMILTON (AP) – Montana’s Northwestern Energy customers may pay a little less for electricity in July.

The Ravalli Republic reports the utility company’s annual supply cost report filed with the Montana Public Service Commission predicts rates for the average residential customer could decrease by $3.10 per month.

NorthWestern Energy spokesman Butch Larcombe says lower bills are being influenced by the recent low market price of electricity and savings from the company’s increased ownership of its power-producing facilities.

The utility also is paying solar customers less for power they contribute to the grid, savings that customers are going to benefit from.

Northwestern Energy’s service territory covers about 73 percent of the land area in Montana.

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015
Region 6 Citizens Advisory Council Meets June 9 at Fort Peck Hatchery
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6 Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9 at the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery, located at 277 Montana Highway 117, just north of Fort Peck, MT.

The meeting is open to the public and will include department updates, a summary of deer surveys, 2015 hunting season projections and season-setting processes, a review of the breaks cow elk collar study, updates on 2016-2019 fishing regulations and changes, current Aquatic Invasive Species information, and a CAC member roundtable discussion.

Each of FWP’s seven administrative regions has a volunteer CAC to help guide policies and programs. The Region 6 group meets three times a year, and will be recruiting for new CAC members in the summer of 2015. For more information about the Region 6 Citizens’ Advisory Committee, visit the FWP Web site at http://www.fwp.mt.gov/regions/r6/cac/.

FWP ensures that its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. To request special accommodations for this meeting, please contact 406-228-3700.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015
Mother Nature Delivers Lots Of Moisture
Mother Nature dumped lots of moisture throughout eastern and northern Montana on Tuesday.

A flash flood warning was issued for Sidney, Montana, for a few hours this morning. Two vehicles reportedly stalled and floated in the waters on 3rd avenue northwest in Sidney. Flood waters had receded as of 11 a.m., with reports of 2.5 to 2.6 inches of rainfall reported by noon.

Glasgow reported well over an inch, while trained spotters in Culbertson reported 1.45 inches of rain, and 1.5 inches of rain near Duck Creek Fishing Area in Valley County.

The rain was starting to taper off early this afternoon, though some areas of northeast Montana were still receiving heavy rainfall at times.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015
May Weather Summary
May was drier and a little cooler than normal. The month ended with a total of 1.32 inches of rain. That was 0.60 inches below the normal monthly rainfall of 1.92 inches. Most of the rain came in a system spanning the 15th through the 17th, with a total of 0.73 inches during that time frame.

The average temperature for May was 53.7 degrees. that was 1.4 degrees cooler than normal. the average high for the month was 67.0 degrees, with an average low of 40.4 degrees. The high for the month was 80 degrees on the 5th, while the lowest reading was 29 degrees on the 18th. Five mornings dipped to 32 degrees or colder, with the latest occurring the 19th.

The wind gusted to 30 mph or greater on seventeen days in May. The peak wind was 39 mph, occurring on both the 15th and 16th.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015
Inaugural 24-hour “Giving Day” will support those in need in communities across the country.
The American Red Cross is launching its first Giving Day today. The 24-hour national campaign will support the work the Red Cross does each and every day to help hundreds of thousands of people across the country and around the world. The theme of Giving Day is “All in One Day” because the Red Cross is “All in,” every day, helping people to get back on their feet after a disaster or emergency situation.

“Right now the Red Cross is helping hundreds of people in Texas and Oklahoma who have lost everything from severe weather and flooding. But even when there is no disaster in the news, the Red Cross is still working hard – every day – to help people whenever and wherever they need it. The Red Cross wouldn’t be there to help without the generous support of the American public,” said American Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern. “We will rally the American public in support of the 134-year-old Red Cross mission to deliver help and hope to people in our communities when they need it most.”
6 Ways the Red Cross Helps People Every Day:
• Disasters: Nearly 200 times a day, the Red Cross helps a family affected by a home fire or other disaster.
• Blood: Nearly 5,600 times a day, someone receives a Red Cross blood transfusion.
• Military Families: Every day the Red Cross provides nearly 1,000 services to military members and their families.
• Vaccines: With the help of partners, the Red Cross helps vaccinate 308,000 children a day, globally, against measles or rubella.
• Lifesaving Education: On average, 15,500 people a day learn how to save a life through Red Cross health and safety training and mobile app downloads.
• Floods: Or that on this past Memorial Day, more than 220 people spent their Memorial Day in Red Cross shelters in Texas and Oklahoma.
• “Life can change in one day, leaving someone with nothing – without a home, without their belongings, and without hope,” added McGovern. “For so many of these people, the American Red Cross is the answer. We need the public’s support.”
To participate in Giving Day and support the work of the American Red Cross, visit www. redcross.org/givingday. You can schedule your donation for June 2 at www.redcross.org/givingday.

You can also help people affected by disasters like floods and wildfires, as well as countless other crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, and other emergency assistance in response to disasters. To donate, please visit www.redcross.org/montana, call 1-800-ARC-MONT (1-800-272-6668) or send a check to the American Red Cross of Montana, 1300 28th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405.

Monday, June 1st 2015
“406 Hospitality” Customer Service Training Coming To Glasgow June 8
Glasgow, Mont. -- Representatives of local convenience stores, lodging properties, visitor information centers, museums, outfitters, restaurants and any business greeting visitors to the area are invited, free of charge, to attend the new “406 Hospitality” seminar in Glasgow. Business owners, managers, and front-line staff are encouraged to attend together. The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce will host the training at Cottonwood, Hwy 2 East, Glasgow on Monday, June 8, 2015 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Brought to your community by the Montana Office of Tourism and the Montana Superhost Program, this fast-paced customer service and tourism training program is custom-designed for Montana hospitality providers. The focus of “406 Hospitality” is for us all to ENGAGE our guests; PROMOTE our community, region and state; MEND guest concerns; and REFRESH ourselves and our organizations. Combining efforts to prioritize excellent customer service ensures the viability of Montana’s economic success and its $4 billion tourism industry.

Attendees are encouraged to bring brochures, flyers, or information to share about area businesses and attractions. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Lisa Olk at 406.228.2222.

Seminar trainer Tami Burke is passionate about Montana and Montana hospitality. She is a talented facilitator who will motivate attendees to value their role in our tourism industry, expand their knowledge, connect with customers and take a fresh look at ways your business can not only attain rave reviews from visitors, but also keep them returning again and again. With strong connections to the Montana tourism industry, her service examples and suggestions will prompt thoughtful discussions and provide practical skills and tips which can be put to use immediately. Previous participants appreciated learning about the wealth of travel resources available, hearing stories to share from others in their community, obtaining new customer service perspectives and tactics, and experiencing the group interaction.

For anyone unable to attend “406 Hospitality,” a free online, self-paced program, “Lost and Found in Montana,” is also available. For more information, visit http://www.montanasuperhost.com.
Monday, June 1st 2015
Apply now for GHS Educational Trust Awards
Glasgow High School graduates who are attending college or vocational/technical school are reminded that the deadline for financial assistance from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust for both semesters of the 2015-2016 school year is July 1, 2015. The deadline for assistance for Spring 2016 semester only is October 15, 2015.

All GHS graduates who are pursuing higher education at an accredited school full time (12 credit minimum) and who are in good academic standing may be eligible for a financial gift if they have completed one year of college or one semester of vocational school. This includes non-traditional students who are enrolled full time in online or other correspondence courses. The application and an explanation of the other requirements are available on the trust’s website at http://www.ghsedutrust.org. All applications must be complete and submitted on time to be considered.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was established by the GHS Class of 1938 in 1964 to help GHS graduates finance their educational dreams. Interest on the trust’s corpus, which now totals over $4.2 million dollars, is used to make student gifts through a semi-annual application process administered by the trustees. To date, 2030 grants valued at $1.7 million dollars have been awarded to hundreds of different GHS alumni. Students may reapply and may be awarded gifts for succeeding terms after an initial award, and 89% of recipients have done so.

With educational costs rising significantly each year, every eligible GHS alumni is encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to minimize student debt and promote access to a brighter future through higher education.
Friday, May 29th 2015
U.S. officials revive oil train safety order after complaints
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. transportation officials are extending an order for railroads to notify states about shipments of hazardous crude oil shipments.

Emergency responders had raised worries over a new rule that did away with the requirement.

Trains hauling crude from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana have been involved in multiple fiery derailments in recent years, including a 2013 derailment that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

Thursday's action revives a 2014 order for railroads to give emergency officials oil train routing and volume information to better prepare for accidents.

The Transportation Department had moved this month to replace the mandate with a rule that would require states to request the information.

Agency spokeswoman Artealia Gilliard says federal regulators "heard loud and clear" the concerns raised by emergency responders.
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Friday, May 29th 2015
Rules aim to protect imperiled bird's habitat in 10 states
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has revealed plans to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government's biggest land-planning effort to date for conservation of a single species.

The proposal announced Thursday would affect energy development. The regulations include locating oil and gas wells and power lines to avoid disrupting habitat for the greater sage grouse.

The chicken-sized birds are found from California to the Dakotas, but their numbers have declined sharply in recent decades. Some warn they're at risk of extinction.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service faces a court-ordered deadline of Sept. 30 to decide whether the greater sage grouse needs protection as a threatened or endangered species.

The new measures would apply to federal lands only. U.S. officials expect to adopt them by late summer.
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Friday, May 29th 2015
Valley County Detention Center Now Holding Inmates From Yellowstone County
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 News that Valley County is now holding inmates for Yellowstone County.

Sheriff Meier said that he was contacted by Yellowstone County who wanted to send 4 female inmates to Glasgow to be detained at the Valley County Detention Center.

The Yellowstone County Jail is full of inmates and officials are trying to lessen the number of long term inmates so new prisoners can be held at the jail.

Yellowstone County will pay Valley County $60 per day per inmate to hold the prisoners.

Meier said the Valley County Detention Center is full now with the 4 inmates from Yellowstone County.

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