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Thursday, September 20th 2018
Fuhrman Scholarship Recipients
Graduates of three Valley County high schools are recipients of this year’s Clarence and Charlotte Fuhrman Scholarships, according to Doris Leader, who chairs the Valley County Community Foundation. VCCF is steward of the gift from the Fuhrmans that established the scholarship.

Nashua graduate Chloe Koessl, Rose Reyling from Glasgow High School and Gwynn Simeniuk, an Opheim graduate, will each receive $1,200 for the upcoming school year.
After working this summer as a certified nurse assistant and emergency medical technician at the hospital in Glasgow, Koessl will begin her second year of study at MSU Bozeman studying cell biology and neuroscience. Her ultimate goal is to become a physician and return to Glasgow.

Rose Reyling will complete the final year of her graduate program at Purdue University with a master of science in speech language pathology with a minor in nutrition. She hopes to work in a healthcare/medical setting as a member of an interdisciplinary team working with patients and their families.

Gwynn Simeniuk will begin her first year in the master’s in science education program with the Western Governor’s University, a nonprofit, on-line school. She will work toward an endorsement to teach biology. A second time recipient of the Fuhrman scholarship, she is currently employed as the program and events manager at the Montana FFA Foundation in Bozeman.

The Fuhrmans, who farmed near Opheim, provided the scholarship to benefit high school graduates from Valley County. Among the requirements are a three-year residence in Valley County, graduation from a Valley County high school, home school or GED, participation in school and civic organizations, completion of at least one year of study beyond the high school level and a 2.8 scholastic average. Since 2011 when the first Fuhrman scholarships were awarded, 17 students have received a total of $25,150 in help to achieve their educational goals.

More information, including a notice of the 2019 due date, is available next spring through the VCCF website, www.valleycountycf.net , local media and high school guidance counselors.

Wednesday, September 19th 2018
NAP Deadline is October 1, 2018
The Farm Service Agency would like to remind producers that Monday, October 1, 2018 is the deadline to apply for 2019 Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for all 2019 annual fall seeded crops, perennial forage and grazing.

NAP coverage is available only on crops for which Federal Crop Insurance (FCIC) is not available with the exception of pilot programs such as pasture, rangeland and forage (PRF) for hayed and grazed crops.

NAP coverage fees are $250 per crop per administrative county, not to exceed $750 per administrative county.

If you are eligible as a limited resource farmer, beginning farmer or underserved, the service fee may be waived.

If you have any questions, please contact the Valley County Farm Service Agency at 228-4321, prior to October 1, 2018.

Wednesday, September 19th 2018
Watercraft in Montana still need to be inspected
Many folks have transitioned from “fishing season” to “hunting season,” but Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind watercraft users that “inspection season” is not over.
In addition to late-season anglers, hunters are currently utilizing watercraft for bowhunting and sheep hunting, and in the next few weeks, perhaps waterfowl hunting. Watercraft users need to remain Clean.Drain.Dry. and continue to follow all laws and regulations related to Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) inspections.
Montana law requires everyone transporting motorized or nonmotorized watercraft to stop at all AIS inspections stations. This includes rafts, drift boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, personal pontoons, and sail boats. In addition, ALL watercraft that are coming into Montana from out-of-state are REQUIRED to be inspected before launch.
Currently, inspection stations are still in operation in many areas of the state. Locations can be found at cleandraindry.mt.gov/Watercraft-Inspections. In Region 6, inspection stations are currently operating at Nashua and Fresno Reservoir. In addition, out-of-state watercraft that did not encounter an open inspection station can be inspected at any regional FWP office, including the FWP Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow and the Havre Field Office.
Remember, your watercraft must be inspected if:
? You encounter an open inspection station.
? You are coming into Montana from out-of-state (you need to be inspected before launching).
? You are traveling west over the Continental Divide into western Montana (the Columbia River Basin).
? You are coming off Tiber or Canyon Ferry Reservoirs.
? You are launching anywhere within the Flathead Basin and your watercraft last launched on waters outside of the Flathead Basin.

If there are any questions concerning watercraft inspections, please contact the FWP Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow at 228-3700 or AIS coordinator Sean Flynn at 230-1746.

Tuesday, September 18th 2018
Scottie Homecoming Notes From Glasgow Chamber
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture will once again be hosting the Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums during the 2018 Glasgow Scottie Homecoming Festival weekend. The band will be a part of the Scottie Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 28th, 2018 at 2:30pm, the Scottie Booster Club tailgate party at GHS at 6:00PM, and performing during half time of the Scottie vs. Cut Bank Wolves football game.

On Saturday morning, the Band will perform in Fort Peck at 9AM for the Scottie Cross Country meet in Kiwanis Park. They will then head to the Kiwanis Pancake breakfast at the Senior Citizens center at approximately 10:30AM continue onto Valley View Home @ 11:00AM, Nemont Manor @ 11:30AM and to Prairie Ridge @ 12:00PM.

At 5:30PM the annual Pub Crawl will begin at Cottonwood and end at Sam & Jeffs.

The Pipe Band is sponsored by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottie Booster Club, GHS Student Council, Kiwanis Club & Local Area Merchants.

The Chamber will also be awarding chamber big bucks for the best class float, community float, organizational float, as well as best business window display. This years’ homecoming theme is “Conquer Cut Bank”.

Bring the family and enjoy one of the many opportunities to watch the Saskatoon Police Pipe Band perform and enjoy Scottie Homecoming 2018. Show your Scottie Pride and decorate your windows.

Tuesday, September 18th 2018
City of Glasgow raises street maintenance fee by 5%
The Glasgow City Council voted 5-1 to increase taxes on the Glasgow Street Maintenance District by 5%.

The 5% increase would will generate a total of $482,257.07 to be used for maintenance and improvement of city streets. This is an increase of $22,964.62.

The City Council also gave tentative approval for the city to tentatively move ahead with the purchase of a newer street sweeper for the street department.

Monday, September 17th 2018
Upcoming USDA Farm Service Agency Deadlines for Farmers and Ranchers
Valley County has been approved for Emergency Grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres. The authorization extends to September 30. Producers interested in emergency grazing of CRP acres must sign up at the Valley County Farm Service Agency office and receive approval prior to starting any grazing on CRP land.

For more information, call the Valley County local FSA office at 228-4321, ext. 2 or visit the office at 54059 Highway 2 in Glasgow.

Monday, September 17th 2018
Montana FWPWill Present Waterfowl Identification Workshop In Glasgow
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks will present a waterfowl identification workshop on Tues., Sept. 25, in Glasgow. This class is free, open to all ages, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Valley Event Center upstairs mezzanine.

Oftentimes, there can be barriers that keep interested folks from becoming waterfowl hunters. Duck identification can be one of those barriers, but it may not be as big an obstacle as one might think.

Jim Hansen, FWP’s Central Flyway Migratory Bird Coordinator from Billings and other FWP staff will present a video, identification tips, and provide hands-on practice and quizzes at identifying ducks and other waterfowl, using a combination of ID guides, wings, skins, and expertise. In addition, presenters will also explain and answer questions about Montana’s waterfowl hunting seasons and regulations and provide some tips and tactics.

There will be something of interest for everyone; from new to experienced waterfowl hunters, birdwatchers, and anybody interested in nature. All those attending will receive a free waterfowl identification booklet and leave with more knowledge about Montana’s waterfowl. Youth under age 12 are expected to be accompanied by an adult.

Montana’s duck and goose hunting seasons open Sept. 29, following a special two-day youth waterfowl season for hunters ages 10 to 15 on Sept. 22 and 23.

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

Monday, September 17th 2018
Glasgow Chamber's Last Hump Day Of The Season Is Wednesday
Our last Hump Day for the summer season is this Wednesday, September 19th.

Customers from the sponsors listed below can bring their receipts in for that day to the Chamber by Noon on Friday for a chance to win $50 Chamber Big Bucks.

Participating merchants; Hi Line Med Spa; Shippwrecked; 5th Avenue Pharmacy; Busted Knuckle Brewery; Prewett Interiors; Baker's Jewelry; Town & Country Furniture; Red Barn Gifts; NE MT Children's Museum; The Fashionette; United Insurance & Realty; City/County Library; Little Campers; Robyn's Nest; Busy Bee Embroidery; D&G Sports & Western; Glasgow Flower & Gift Shop; Markle's Warehouse; C&B Operations; Eugene's Pizza; Pehlke's Furniture; Western Drug; Sam & Jeff's; Markle's Ace Hardware.

Thursday, September 13th 2018
2018 Homecoming Schedule Released
The 2018 Homecoming schedule has been released - you can download it here
Wednesday, September 12th 2018
FWP properties in Blaine, Hill and Sheridan Co. will no longer have fire restrictions
Following county officials’ recommendations, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and other properties in Blaine, Hill, and Sheridan Co. will no longer have Stage 1 fire restrictions as of 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. This also follows Phillips Co., which went out last week. In summary, there are no more Stage 1 restrictions in any county in Region 6. Where normally allowed on FWP property, campfires will again be permissible.

Please heed all signs posted on FWP properties on whether fires are permissible. For updates on restrictions and closures around the state, go to fwp.mt.gov and under the “news” tab, click on “drought and fire.”
Wednesday, September 12th 2018
Hunter Education Classes Offered Across Region 6
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for many areas across Region 6. All hunter education classes are free of charge. In the next month, classroom courses (for youth) are being held in:
Box Elder: starting Mon., Sept. 17
Plentywood: starting Tues., Sept. 18
Bainville: starting Sun., Sept. 30 (currently full)
Malta: starting Mon., Oct. 1
Glasgow: starting Thurs., Oct. 4

All students must register online at the FWP website: fwp.mt.gov; click on the education tab, then click “hunter education programs”. Next, “Find a class or field course” and search for the available class in your area. Detailed instructions on dates, times, and other information will be found at each class’ registration page.

For youth to be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2018 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16, 2019. Students aged 10 and 11 can take a course and hunt as an apprentice, but will not be fully certified until the year they turn 12. Preference will be given to 11 and 12-year olds (or older) if the class becomes full. All registrants for these events must be 10 years old by the first day of class.
An Adult online field course will be held in the next month as well in:
Havre: Sat., Sept. 15 (currently full)
Glasgow: Sat., Oct. 6

For the adult online field course, adults must complete the online hunter education course and receive a Field Day Qualifier Certificate. Adults looking to complete the online course can find instructions at fwp.mt.gov, and will also need to go there to register for the field day course. The Field Day Qualifier Certificate and a picture ID are necessary to obtain entrance into the field course. A written test needs to be successfully passed during the course to obtain a certificate.

If there are any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.

Wednesday, September 12th 2018
Montana Department of Transportation Proposes Upgrades to American with Disabilities Act Pedestrian Features in Eastern Montana Communities
GLASGOW - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to upgrade pedestrian facilities on roadways in Glasgow and Glendive.

The project locations include:

Glasgow: U.S. Highway 2 from Airport Drive to the end of the sidewalk between Schott Lane and Lasar Lane, 1st Ave South from 6th Street South to 1st Street South, 6th Street South between 1st Avenue South and 2nd Avenue South, and 2nd Avenue South from 6th Street South to 11th Street South.

Glendive: Merrill Avenue from Power Street to Griswold Street.

Proposed work includes replacing existing sidewalk corners at intersections along with some approaches and limited amount of deteriorated sidewalk between the intersections. The purpose of the project is to upgrade existing American with Disabilities Act facilities to current standards and improve accessibility.

The project is tentatively scheduled for construction in 2019, depending on completion of all project development activities and availability of funding. New right-of-way is not anticipated but some construction permits may be necessary for the project.

For more information, please contact Glendive District Administrator Shane Mintz at (406) 345-8212 or Construction Contracting Bureau Chief Jake Goettle at (406) 4446015. 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:


Tuesday, September 11th 2018
Glasgow Fire Department remembers 9/11
The Glasgow Fire Department remembered 9/11 today as they displayed their ladder truck with a huge American Flag flying at half-staff.

This ladder truck has special significance as it was purchased from the New York area and actually was on scene at the World Trade Center during 9/11.

Tuesday, September 11th 2018
Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council Meets Sept. 20 at the Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery in Fort Peck
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 20, at the Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery in Fort Peck.

The meeting is open to the public and will include wildlife, fisheries, communication-education and law enforcement updates from FWP, and a roundtable discussion with CAC members.

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.

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, September 11th 2018
FWP properties in Phillips Co. will no longer have fire restrictions
Following county officials’ recommendations, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and other properties in Phillips Co. will no longer have Stage 1 fire restrictions as of 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8. Where normally allowed, campfires will again be permissible.

Please heed all signs posted on FWP properties on whether fires are permissible. For updates on restrictions and closures around the state, go to fwp.mt.gov and under the “news” tab, click on “drought and fire.”
Tuesday, September 11th 2018
Lawsuit claims Trump ignored tribes' rights in approving Keystone XL pipeline
Native American tribes in Montana and South Dakota sued the Trump administration on Monday, claiming that approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline did not adequately analyze potential damage to cultural sites from spills and during construction.

Attorneys for the Fort Belknap and Rosebud Sioux tribes asked a federal court in Great Falls to rescind the line's permit issued by the U.S. State Department.

The tribes argue President Donald Trump ignored the rights of tribes when he reversed a prior decision by President Barack Obama and approved the project last year.

The $8 billion TransCanada Corp. pipeline would carry up to 830,000 barrels of crude daily along a 1,184-mile route from Canada to Nebraska.

It would pass through the ancestral homelands of the Rosebud Sioux in central South Dakota and the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in northcentral Montana. Fort Belknap is home to the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes.

"All historical, cultural, and spiritual places and sites of significance in the path of the Pipeline are at risk of destruction," attorneys for the tribes wrote in the lawsuit.

They also said a spill from the line could damage a South Dakota water supply system that serves more than 51,000 people including on the Rosebud, Pine Ridge and Lower Brule Indian Reservations. A separate TransCanada pipeline suffered a spill last year that released almost 10,000 barrels of oil near Amherst, South Dakota.

State Department representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The agency is involved in the pipeline because it would cross the U.S.-Canadian border.

Calgary-based TransCanada does not comment on litigation and was not named as a party in the case.

In August, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ordered the State Department to conduct a more thorough review of Keystone XL's path through Nebraska. The move came in response to litigation from environmentalists and after state regulators changed the route.

In yet another lawsuit involving the line, the American Civil Liberties Union and its Montana affiliate sued the U.S. government last week for the release of details related to preparations for anticipated protests against the line.

The groups cited confrontations between law enforcement and protesters, including many Native Americans, which turned violent during construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through South Dakota.

Tuesday, September 11th 2018
Governor Bullock orders all flags flown at half-staff in Montana in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001

Governor’s Proclamation

I hereby order all flags flown in the State of Montana to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, in honor of all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and in observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service.

Each year, September 11th reminds us of how much we lost, but also what brought our nation together in the face of tragedy and what binds us all as Americans. We owe an enormous debt to our men and women in the Armed Forces and to our first responders. We are truly blessed to live amongst these heroes who are willing to give so much to ensure the safety of our communities and that the freedoms and ideals of the United States are upheld.

Dated this 10th day of September 2018.


Monday, September 10th 2018
Glasgow Elks Lodge announces winners of "Middle of Nowhere" BBQ Cook-Off
Here are the results for Saturday's “Middle of Nowhere” BBQ Cook-Off:

Grand Champion (1st). Beer Belly BBQ
Reserve Grand Champion (2nd). Team Kastet
3rd Place. Baby Got Back BBQ
4th Place. Hawgnutz BBQ
5th Place. Stinky Water BBQ

1st. Beer Belly BBQ
2nd. Hawgnutz BBQ
3rd. Second Hand Smoke
4th. Hard Meat to Beat!
5th. Baby Got Back BBQ

1st. Baby Got Back BBQ
2nd. Team Kastet
3rd. Treasure Trail.
4th. Hawgnutz BBQ
5th. Stinky Water BBQ

1st. Baby Got Back BBQ
2nd. Hawgnutz BBQ
3rd. Team Kastet
4th. Beer Belly BBQ
5th. Hard Meat to Beat!

1st. Beer Belly BBQ
2nd. Team Kastet
3rd. Stinky Water BBQ
4th. Treasure Trail
5th. Hard Meat to Beat!

The winner of the 50/50 drawing was Chad Reddick. Chad then made a generous donation of $200 back to the Elks. Thank you Chad!

The winner of the Green Mountain Grill raffle was Janette Glasoe.

Thank you to all of the teams for all the time and hard work they put in to turn out such great food. Thank you to our judges for taking time to judge the contest. Thank you to everyone to stopped down to check out the contest and grab a bite to eat. Thank you to all of our volunteers and the Elks staff for working so hard to put this event on. Thank you to all of our great sponsors for your support in making this event a success. Thank you to Prairie Travelers for letting us invade some of their parking lot space. Thank you to Lisa, Danelle, and Joyce at the Chamber for your time and helping us out with getting organized and taking in applications. Thank you to Hi-Tech Electric for the donation of putting in new outlets in our lot and helping us out with our electric issues. Thank you to Nemont Beverage for providing their cooler trailer. Thank you to Louise and Iceman ice for providing the ice trailer.

Thank you again to everyone who made this event a success. I apologize if I missed anyone.

See you all next year!

Monday, September 10th 2018
Plentywood volleyball team bus, car collide at intersection
Story from www.greatfallstribune

A bus carrying members of the volleyball team from northeastern Montana's Plentywood was involved in a collision Saturday with another vehicle whose driver may have been under the influence of alcohol.

The crash occurred at 5:40 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 16 and Highway 258, which is commonly called the Reserve Highway because it's near the town of Reserve, about 15 miles south of Plentywood, said Undersheriff Scott Nelson with the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office.

The bus was traveling north on Highway 16 when a passenger vehicle traveling south turned in front of it as it attempted to turn left onto Highway 258.

"As far as we understand speed was not a factor but alcohol was a factor with the driver of the passenger car," Nelson said.

The driver of the car was transported by ambulance to Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Plentywood. The man was in stable condition Saturday night, Nelson said. His name was not released.

About 20 members of the volleyball team in addition to coaches were on the bus, Nelson said.

Three students had minor injuries and were either cleared at the scene or the hospital, Nelson said.

The Montana Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident and will make any determination regarding charges, Nelson said.

Members of the volleyball team were returning from the Froid-Medicine Lake invitational volleyball tournament, Nelson said.

The bus pushed the passenger car off the road and the bus also ended up off the road, Nelson said.

Neither vehicle rolled, said Nelson, who credited the driver of the bus for not swerving, which could have caused the bus to tip.

The Medicine Lake Fire Department, Sheridan County Sheriff's Office, Plentywood Fire Department, the local Quick Response Unit and ambulance service from the Sheridan Memorial Hospital responded.

Saturday, September 1st 2018
Reminder in the Field this Hunting Season: Be a Good Steward of the Land
Although most hunters respect the land, property, and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts to be good stewards of the land, and respect both private and public property. The FWP Region 6 Citizens Advisory Committee, recognizing that this is an ongoing issue, raised the need for more public outreach.

Every hunting season, there are reports of vandalizing of Block Management Area (BMA) boxes, hunters driving off road, illegal trespassing, hunters being shot over, littering, and livestock being shot.

With upland bird, dove, and archery seasons beginning over the Labor Day weekend, we encourage everyone to be good stewards of the land. Below are just a few of the things that hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts should be aware of when enjoying our resources:

Littering- not only is littering careless and unsightly, it is against the law. This includes toilet paper, and the proper management of human waste.

Leave gates as you find them- If a gate is closed, close it behind you. If it is obviously open (pulled all the way back to the fence), leave it open. If you are unsure, contact the landowner or public land agency.

Know your target and beyond- Hunters must be sure of what they are shooting at (species, sex, etc.), and know what lies beyond their target (houses, outbuildings, livestock, vehicles, other hunters).

Be aware of fire danger at all times and use precautions.

Be weed free- Check clothes, dogs, ATV’s, and vehicles for weeds and weed seeds to help prevent the spread to other private and public lands.

Avoid driving on muddy roads- Unless it is a well-graveled road, walk.

Avoid ridge driving and driving to overlooks- Not only is this a poor strategy while hunting, it is considered as driving off road if it is not already an established trail.

Ask for permission to hunt- Montana law requires permission for all hunting on private land. Even if the land is not posted, hunters must have permission from the landowner, lessee, or their agent before hunting on private property.

Completely fill out BMA slips- If a hunter doesn’t correctly fill out a block management slip, they are hunting without permission.

Know where you are located- Whether you are hunting public land, private land, or land enrolled in an access program such as block management, it is every hunter’s responsibility to know where they are to avoid trespassing. Maps are always available, as are GPS chips and cell phone apps to aid in orientation.

Driving off road- While hunting on private property, a person may not drive off established roads or trails without landowner permission. Off-road travel on public land, including game retrieval, is prohibited unless designated as open. Consult appropriate land agency or land maps for specifics.

Accessing public lands- Access to public lands (on a private road) through private land requires permission of the private landowner, lessee, or their agent.

Camping- camping is allowed on most public lands (see agency regulations), but permission is needed to camp on private property and BMAs.

Know the rules- Consult BMA maps for specific rules on block management property, including: driving on roads, parking areas, no shooting zones, walk-in only areas, camping, number of hunters allowed, game retrieval, etc. Rules for most land agencies can be found on maps and/or on brochures. Go to the appropriate agency website or local office for information.

Report violations- report any hunting and fishing, trespassing, vandalism, or other criminal activity you see to 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

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

Also remember that the fall is a very busy time for landowners. Cattle and other livestock are being moved from their summer and/or fall pastures and are often brought near the home site for winter feeding and care. Please use common sense and respect when around these activities.

FWP also offers a free online program called The Montana Hunter-Landowner Stewardship Project. This project is an information program for anyone interested in promoting responsible hunter behavior and good hunter-landowner relations in Montana. The program is delivered through an interactive website utilizing questions, videos, and feedback as well as opportunities for you to test your knowledge on a variety of practical topics related to hunter-landowner relations and responsible hunter behavior.

Please go to http://fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/hunterLandowner/ to learn more and complete the program.

Saturday, September 1st 2018
Endangered Person Alert





Friday, August 31st 2018
FEMA approves major disaster declaration request for flooding in several Montana counties including Valley County
U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the State of Montana’s major disaster declaration request following this year’s severe flooding. The announcement comes after Daines and Gianforte sent a letter to the Administration in support of the declaration request.

“This is great news. I’m pleased the Administration respond to our request,” Daines said. “This year’s flooding devastated communities and infrastructure across our state. This funding will help expedite cleanup and recovery efforts and will help restore the way of life for some of Montana’s most impacted communities.”

“The Trump administration’s response to our request will provide our communities with resources they need to recover and rebuild from this year’s flooding,” Gianforte said. “The administration’s decision is welcome news to our impacted communities.”

The funding will provide federal funding to assist in cleanup and recovery efforts needed to support Montana’s communities and economy.


As a result of heavy flooding earlier this year, the State of Montana requested a major disaster declaration on June 18, 2018.

If the request is granted, “Public Assistance,” which repairs and replaces disaster-damaged facilities, would be available for the following counties: Blaine, Carbon, Golden Valley, Hill, Liberty, Missoula, Musselshell, Petroleum, Pondera, Powell, Toole, and Valley. "Hazard Mitigation Assistance," which supports efforts for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from future flooding, would be available statewide.

Daines remains committed to ensuring Montana receives critical funding and resources to support communities impacted by flooding.

On August 22, Daines discussed the impacts of flooding with FEMA Deputy Administrator nominee Peter Gaynor at a Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee hearing.

On August 14, Daines and Gianforte sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long to urge the approval of Montana’s major disaster declaration request.

In May, Daines pressed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on the need to assist communities in Montana impacted by severe flooding. In July, Daines’ bill to extend the National Flood Insurance Program was signed into law.
Thursday, August 30th 2018
Finalists Announced For Minnow Tank Business Plan Cometition
GNDC would like to congratulate our finalists for the 2018 Minnow Tank Business Plan Competition. Finalists will present their business plan ideas at the live finale on September 22, 2018 at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow, MT. A start-up business and an existing business will each be awarded $5,000 that evening! The live event is open to the public; tickets are $10 which includes a drink and appetizers and can be purchased in advance by calling (406) 653-2590 or at the door. Come support your favorite business, your vote counts!
Start-Up Finalists

Bainville Meats; Kevin South and Shawn Bilquist (Roosevelt)

Rubicon Cookshack; Rone Kendall and Claudia Scott (Roosevelt)

Cobbs Medical; Larry and Suzan Cobb (Roosevelt)

Rose and Marie's; Ashley Stentoft (Daniels)

Busted Biscuts; Connie Boreson (Valley)

The Gladrock; Ed Morelock (McCone)

Existing Finalists

Wheatland Lodge; Twyla Holum (Daniels)

BCS Consulting; Carrie Schumacher (McCone)

Baby Got Back BBQ; Cubby Damon (Roosevelt)

CEG Sports; Michael and Jamie Nielson (Sheridan)

Prairie Breeze Equestrian Center; Karla Christensen (Garfield)

Farver Farms; Shauna Farver (Daniels)

Missouri Brewing Breaks; Mark Zilkoski (Roosevelt)

Gorilla Heating and Air; Virgil and Michelle Smith (Roosevelt)

Sam and Jeff's; Sam Knodel (Valley)

Monday, August 27th 2018
Medical Marijuana big business in Montana
Montana collected $1.8 million over the first 13 months of collecting taxes on medical marijuana sales.

The Billings Gazette reports that marijuana providers have been paying an initial 4 percent tax on their gross revenues since July 2017.

The new tax is part of a regulatory overhaul passed by state lawmakers last year in response to a successful 2016 ballot initiative that resumed commercial sales of medical marijuana.

Providers' revenues now will be taxed at 2 percent after the initial 4 percent tax. The money will go toward funding the program and state oversight.

The state Department of Publican Health and Human Services reports 26,549 registered medical marijuana users and 420 providers.

Valley County has 96 residents with a medical marijuana card and 1 provider listed in the county.

Monday, August 27th 2018
Beck Scholarships Announced
The Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust has announced its 2018 scholarship recipients. There were a total of twenty one scholarships awarded this year.

Kaleb Cole, son of Jeff and Julie Cole, in his final year at Montana State University – Bozeman majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Edwin Dagget, son of John and Sheri Daggett, in his final year at Montana State – Bozeman majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Mary Fewer, daughter of Jennifer Fewer, in her junior year at University of Montana majoring in Accounting and Management Information Systems.

Lane Herbert, son of Craig and Doreen Herbert, in his final year at University of North Dakota majoring in Civil Engineering.

Trent Herbert, son of Craig and Doreen Herbert, in his second year at North Dakota State College of Science majoring in Welding and Precision Machining.

Sara Jimison, daughter of Roy and Cindy Jimison, in her third year at Montana State University – Northern majoring in Nursing.

Khloe Krumwiede, daughter of Bryan and Dean-Marie Krumwiede, in her second year at University of North Dakota majoring in Biology.

Bethany Lacock, daughter of Steve and LaMae Lacock, in graduate school at University of Montana majoring in Physical Therapy.

Gage Legare, son of Robert and Lisa Legare, in his final year at Montana State Unversity – Bozeman majoring in Finance with a minor in Accounting.
Grant Legare, son on Robert and Lisa Legare, entering graduate school May of 2019, pursuing a Master’s Degree in School Counseling.

Karissa Liebelt, daughter of Greg and Shannon Liebelt, in her third year at North Dakota State University, majoring in Nursing.

Alex Page, daughter of Greg and Jill Page, in her final year at Skaggs School of Pharmacy, pursing a Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree.

Jacob Page, son of Greg and Jill Page, in his third year at University of Montana, majoring in Accounting.

Benjamin Phillips, son of Tim and Yvette Phillis, in his second year at North Dakota State University, majoring in Exercise Science.

Alexa Shipp, daughter of Cam and Kim Shipp, in her third year at Montana State University – Billings, majoring in Elementary Education.

Madison Sibley, daughter of Kirk and Jenny Sibley, in graduate school at University of Mary, pursing a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Alexandrea Simensen, daughter of Kris and Leslie Simensen, in her third year at Montana State University – Bozeman, majoring in Architecture Environmental Design.

Mariah Stein, daughter of Tony and Becky Stein, in her final year at Missouri Valley College, majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in Business.

Kendra Vaughn, daughter of Kendall and Tracie Vaughn, in her third year at Montana State University – Billings, majoring in Biology.

Laurel Wageman, daughter of Gary and Annette Wageman, in graduate school at Boise State University, pursing a Master’s of Business Administration Degree.

Luke Zeiger, son of Dan and Shantel Zeiger, in his final year at Montanan State University – Havre, majoring in Welding and Plumbing.

Rachael Zeiger, daughter of Dan and Shantel Zeiger, in her final year at University of South Dakota, majoring in Nursing.

The Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust was set up to create income for two purposes. 1. To benefit people who would better themselves through higher education. These scholarships are for Valley County Graduates who are past their first year of education. 2. To help fund projects to promote better living in Valley County through non-profit organizations.

Theo and Alyce Beck were Northeast Montana people who cared about the communities they lived in, whether it was Baylor where their lives began, Opheim where they farmed, or Glasgow where Alyce spent her retired years after Theo passed away.

Alyce was active in 4-H and Homemakers Club as well as entering plants, sewing projects and homemade baked goods in the Northeast Montana Fair.

This is the ninth year that the Theo and Alyce Beck Foundation Trust has awarded scholarships.

Sunday, August 26th 2018
Senator Tester Secures $150,000 in funding for Valley County Sheriff's Office
(Big Sandy, Mont.) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester is delivering on his promise to secure the border, combat drug trafficking and strengthen local law enforcement in Montana.

Tester, as Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, secured Operation Stonegarden grants worth over $1.5 million to communities across Montana.

Tester used his leadership position to increase Stonegarden funding by 55 percent. These grants are issued to local governments and federally-recognized tribal governments to defend the country's borders from terrorism, intercept illegal drugs, and combat human trafficking.

“Nothing is more important than keeping our borders secure and our communities safe,” Tester said. “These resources will boost local law enforcement’s ability to stop dangerous drugs from coming through our ports and ensure there are no weak links along our border.”

Montana law enforcement agencies use Operation Stonegarden grants to increase preparedness, coordination, and effectiveness along the state's 545-mile northern border.

Last year Montana communities received $1,058,250 in Stonegarden grants. This year thanks to Tester’s language in the government funding agreement, there has been a dramatic increase in Montana grants.

“We are excited for this funding to continue our mission of supplementing the security of the Northern Border. Having extra eyes and ears on the ground is essential to our National Security,” said Hill County Sheriff Jamie Ross. “We thank Senator Tester for all the work he’s done to ensure we receive these funds.”

Fourteen Montana communities will receive Operation Stonegarden funding this year, including two *counties that did not receive these funds in FY2017:
• Blackfeet Nation: $197,145
• Blaine County: $70,000
• Glacier County: $100,000
• Hill County: $88,224
• Roosevelt County: $82,533
• Phillips County: $90,467
• Sheridan County: $138,520
• Toole County: $110,000
• Dawson County: $78,362
• Valley County: $150,000
• Flathead County/Kalispell: $200,000
• Lincoln County: $150,000
• Lake County: $100,000*
• Mineral County: $100,000*

Friday, August 24th 2018
GHS Educational Trust Announces Markle Memorial Gift and Recent Awards
Throughout their long and distinguished lives in Glasgow, Montana, Orval (O. E.) and Lois Wilson Markle epitomized three fundamental values: commitment to family, faith, and friends; commitment to integrity in their businesses; and commitment to community service. These values were instilled in their children on a daily basis and are reflected in the lives they have lived as well. Clear evidence that these lessons were fully absorbed was made obvious recently by a donation of $100,000.00 to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust in memory of their parents by Tom (Cindy) Markle, Jack (Jeanine) Markle, Dick (Janet) Markle, Janet (Meredith) Reiter, and their families.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was a cause particularly close to the hearts of both O. E. and Lois Markle. As GHS alumni and strong believers in the transformative power of higher education, they were present at and a part of its creation in 1964 by the GHS Class of 1938, of which Lois was a member. Orval, Class of 1934, was one of the first to step up and donate to the new trust, and Lois was a founding trustee. She became the first chief executive officer and a tireless promoter of the trust by encouraging students to apply for financial aid, supporters to donate, and the GHS administration to enhance the opportunities it could offer all students with the trust’s support. By volunteering her expertise and countless hours to its development, Lois oversaw the growth of the trust’s corpus to exceed $1 million dollars by the time of her retirement as CEO in 2000. In thanks for her unselfish support of education, the Glasgow High School auditorium was named the Lois Wilson Markle Auditorium at that time.

As children of The Great Depression, the founders of the trust knew how hard it was to find money for higher education. Both O. E. and Lois felt fortunate that they had been able to go to college, and they wanted the same opportunity for others. From the beginning, financial aid from the trust was a gift-- a grant given with the understanding that what enhanced the life of one benefitted all, and financial need was and still is a primary consideration. This philosophy has been widely embraced by hundreds of generous supporters across the nation through donations of cash, stock, and real estate, which have built the current corpus of the trust to over $6 million dollars.

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

Interest earned on the trust’s investments is distributed to eligible GHS graduates through a semi-annual application process administered by the trustees. Applicants must have completed one year of college or one semester of trade school, be full-time students (12 semester credits or more) either on campus, online, or in another correspondence program, in good academic standing, and showing progress toward completion of a degree or certification. The application is available on the trust’s website at www.ghsedutrust.org Additional requirements listed on the application must also be met. Students seeking aid for both semesters of the academic year must apply by July 1st of each year, and those seeking aid for spring semester only must apply by October 15th of each year. Recipients of financial aid from the trust may reapply for additional grants for a total of eight semesters if they remain eligible under all other conditions. Applications must be complete and submitted on time to be considered.

The dreams that O. E. and Lois Markle and the other founders put on paper and began to promote in 1964 in the hope of making a significant difference in the lives of Glasgow students have perhaps succeeded beyond their wildest expectations. To date, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust has awarded an astounding $2,182,500.00 in financial aid to 721 different GHS graduates. Many of these students have received multiple awards over their courses of study, reducing their need for loans and allowing them to focus on their studies.

In addition to the awards made to students, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust has made 119 gifts to Glasgow High School for equipment and programs which total $241,015.80. Every department of GHS has benefitted from the trust’s support, and thereby every student, as does the community at large when it attends events at the school or uses its facilities. These awards are made at the summer semi-annual meeting.

As lifelong residents of Glasgow, Montana, O. E. and Lois Wilson Markle left their marks on numerous and varied institutions and causes through their leadership, service, and financial contributions. Their long-term commitment to improving the lives of others in their community is perfectly illustrated by their support for the Glasgow High School Educational Trust, which has been reaffirmed by their children. This gift will benefit generations to come, thanks to the shared vision of the O. E. and Lois Wilson Markle family

For that purpose and in that spirit, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust recently awarded financial assistance for the 2018-2019 academic year to the following students in memory, honor, or recognition of the individuals designated:

First time recipients: Kiauna Barstad, Rocky Mountain College, IHO Bill and Peggy Pattison Endowment; Luke Breigenzer, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Erik Walstad; Des’Rea Dible, MSU-Bozeman, 1st semester – IMO Vern and Edna Richardson, 2nd semester – IRO Beatrice Trites and Family; Chase Fossum, Carroll College, IMO James “Jim” A. Parke; Teagan Fossum, U. of Mary, IHO Gayle Wagenhals Sage; Trent Herbert, ND State College of Science,1st semester – IMO Ronald A. Combs, 2nd semester – IRO Glenn and Carolee Grina Wallem; Anthony Kaiser, U. of North Dakota, IMO Lois Wilson Markle; Khloe Krumwiede, U. of North Dakota, - IMO Dean Rusher; Jordan Kulczyk, Williston State College, IMO Verda R. Stewart; Taylor Padden, MSU-Bozeman, IMO O. E. and Lois Wilson Markle; Matthew Phillips, Lake Area Technical Institute, IMO Richard “Dick” and Mary Lou Alley Wagenhals.

Second time recipients: Mary Fewer, U. of Montana, IHO James and Ailene Dokken Olk Family; Andrea Hansen, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Sever and Esther Enkerud; Kerry Hoffman, U. of North Dakota, IMO Ivy and Millie Knight; Karissa Liebelt, North Dakota State U., IMO Dr. Nancy Lee Etchart; Amy Nelson, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Beryl Pehlke; Jacob Page, U. of Montana, 1st semester – IMO Leonard A. and Margery A. Bollinger, 2nd Semester - IHO Phyllis Moen Sanguine and IMO Lila Moen Sanders; Brett See, MSU-Bozeman, 1st semester – IHO Charlotte Bruce, 2nd semester - IRO Willard and Charlotte Bruce Family; Alexa Shipp, MSU -Billings, IMO Karen D. Newton; Alexandrea Simensen, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Donald J. “Don” Baker; Jason Thibault, Dickinson State U., IMO Don and Bunny Daggett; Kendra Vaughn, MSU-Billings, IMO L. J. and Jean Baker;

Third time recipients: Josie Braaten, Minnesota State U. – Mankato, 1st semester - IRO Paul & Joyce Ruffcorn Jacobson, 2nd semester – IMO Harold H. and Irene W. Smith; Amy Breigenzer, U. of North Dakota, IMO Arthur and Audrey Parke; Kaleb Cole, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Aaron “Chappy” Chatten; Edwin Daggett, MSU-Bozeman, 1st semester - IMO Horace O. and Emma C. Gamas, 2nd semester - IMO Wallace L. Johnson; Jake Hentges, MSU-Northern, IMO Harry Rybock; Gage Legare, MSU-Bozeman, IMO James “Jamie” K. Fewer; Abby Mehling, Northern Michigan University, 1st semester - IMO James F. and Anne Hoffmann, 2nd semester - IMO Maxine Fiedler; Tamrah Pewitt, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Ardis Parke Fuhrman; Samuel Schultz, MSU-Bozeman, 1st semester – IMO Hovland Family, 2nd semester – IRO Herb and Lucille Friedl Family; Luke Zeiger, MSU-Northern, IMO Robert “Bob” E. Rennick, Jr.

Fourth time recipients: Lane Herbert, U. of North Dakota, 1st semester – IMO Leonard H. and Kathryn L. Langen, 2nd semester – IRO Tom and Flora Coghlan Family; Ethan Kliewer, MSU-Bozeman, IRO Stannebein Family; Alex Page, UM Skagg’s School of Pharmacy, 1st semester - IMO Dr. F. M. and Bernice Knierim, 2nd semester – IRO LeRoy and Bess Lockwood Family; Mariah Stein, Missouri Valley College, IHO Everett and Elizabeth Breigenzer; Rachael Zeiger, U. of South Dakota, IMO Marsha Cotton Hall.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust also agreed to purchase a Lifetime Cylinder Lease with Gas for the Industrial Technology Department at Glasgow High School IMO Cecil and Chloe Toftness.

Tuesday, August 21st 2018
Glasgow City Council votes down chicken ordinance
The Glasgow City Council rejected an ordinance that would of allowed backyard chickens in the city limits of Glasgow.

The proposed ordinance would of allowed up to 6 hens to be raised by residents in Glasgow. Current city regulations do not allow chickens to be raised in the city.

Over 70 people attended the council meeting to either express their support or opposition to chickens in Glasgow.

The City Council voted 1-4 to support the ordinance. Council member Stan Ozark was the lone council member who supported the ordinance. Council members Rod Karst, Dan Carr, Doug Nistler and Butch Heitman voted against the ordinance.

Monday, August 20th 2018
Keystone XL Company Moves To Condemn South Dakota Land
BUFFALO, S.D. (AP) — The company planning the Keystone XL oil pipeline is moving to condemn private land in northwestern South Dakota's Harding County.

The Rapid City Journal reports TransCanada Corp. has filed eminent domain condemnation petitions in state court against parcels of land owned by two families.

At least one of them plans to fight. Jeffrey Jensen says he'll take the matter to court if necessary.

The $8 billion, 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometer) pipeline would deliver oil from Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. It still faces several hurdles along with intense resistance from environmental groups and Native American tribes.

South Dakota's Supreme Court in June dismissed an appeal from pipeline opponents including the Cheyenne River Sioux of a judge's decision last year upholding regulators' approval for the pipeline to cross the state.

Monday, August 20th 2018
R6 FWP Urges Hunters To Check Fire Status, Make Safety A Priority
With our region of northeast Montana beginning to dry out and with the increasing threat of wildfires, hunters and other recreationists taking to the field must be aware of local fire restrictions and take precautions.

Montana archery antelope hunters are already hunting with their 900-20 hunting licenses. Montana’s upland game bird season (and mourning doves) open Sept. 1, along with the archery-only hunting season for deer, elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, black bear, wolf and mountain lion.

Hunters and other recreationists should:
· Drive only on established roads.
· Avoid roads with tall vegetation in the middle track.
· Never park over dry grass and other vegetation.
· Carry a fire extinguisher—or water-filled weed sprayer—shovel, axe, and, a cell phone for emergency calls.
· Restrict camping activities to designated camping areas.
· Build campfires only in established metal fire rings, if allowed (note restrictions).
· Smoke only inside buildings or vehicles.
· Check on any fire restrictions in place.

When it comes to site-specific fire restrictions, FWP follows the lead of the county where the site is located.

As of Friday, Aug. 17, counties in Stage 1 Restrictions in Region 6 include Hill, Blaine, Choteau, Phillips and Sheridan counties. Please be aware that these restrictions change weekly, and by the time this article is published there may be more counties in restrictions.

Stage 1 restrictions ban campfires except where specifically exempted, allow cooking fires on propane devices that can be shut off and allow smoking only in vehicles and areas three feet in diameter that are cleared of flammable materials.

Stage 2 restrictions start with regulations delineated by Stage 1 restrictions. In addition, Stage 2 restrictions ban welding, explosives, driving off established roads and use of internal-combustion engines, except for vehicles on established roads, between 1 p.m. and 1 a.m. each day. Generators used in enclosed buildings or in an area cleared of vegetation specifically are exempted from Stage 2 restrictions. Currently, there are no counties in Stage 2 in Region 6.

FWP sites that could be impacted by fire restrictions include fishing access sites, wildlife management areas and state parks.

Private landowners along with land enrolled in Block Management or other private land access programs may also have restrictions or closures. Be sure to ask when securing permission.
BMAs fire restrictions and closures will be updated as changes occur at fwp.mt.gov/export/sites/FwpPublic/hunting/hunterAccess/blockman/region6/.

For up-to-date details on state-wide FWP property fire and drought-related restrictions and closures, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov. Click Restrictions & Closures under the “News” tab. In addition, you can go to https://firerestrictions.us/mt/ to see restrictions statewide.

Always be prepared to prevent or extinguish fire starts. Your assistance during this time will be appreciated.

Monday, August 20th 2018
2018 Upland Bird Outlook For Region 6
(Photo: A dedicated male sage grouse on a lek early this spring. Photo by FWP biologist Drew Henry)

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 biologists have been compiling data about upland bird numbers in the area. Biologists conduct spring surveys to determine trends of adult numbers, including lek counts for sharp-tailed and sage grouse, and crowing counts for pheasants. These surveys provide a general idea of adult numbers in those respective survey areas compared to other years and long-term averages.

Although spring numbers provide an estimate of the breeding populations heading into nesting season, weather, habitat conditions, and disease during the spring and summer have a big impact on fall hunting potential, as younger birds are typically the ones harvested.

Incidental observations of mid-to-late-summer broods for pheasants, sharp-tails, sage grouse and huns look promising; however, biologists do not currently have region-wide brood-rearing success data for all species.

Across the region, above average snowfall throughout the winter along with spring rains greatly helped to produce good nesting and brood-rearing cover. These habitat conditions should be conducive to better production this year, but hunters must keep in mind that all populations will be recovering from the drought of 2017. Hunters should also be aware that habitat conditions in certain areas across the region still show impacts from the drought. Additionally, CRP acreage continues to decline across the Hi-Line. Locating areas of good habitat will be the key to locating birds this fall, and hunting should be fair or slightly better than 2017.

Pheasant adult numbers, according to spring crowing counts, show quite a bit of variability across the region. The west end of the region, including Hill, Blaine, and a portion of Chouteau counties, indicate numbers at 40-50% below long-term average (LTA) in those areas. Phillips county is above LTA, while Valley and McCone counties are 10-24% below. The northeast corner, including Daniels, Sheridan, Roosevelt and portions of Richland and Dawson counties, indicate numbers at average to 10% below average.

Pheasant distribution will vary across portions of each county, and most birds will be found in optimal habitat including river-bottoms, riparian areas and other moist areas that produce adequate cover.

Sharp-tailed grouse
Sharp-tailed grouse adult numbers are 25-40% below the LTA across the region where surveys are conducted. Sharp-tailed grouse distribution may vary dramatically across the region, and the greatest numbers will be found in optimal habitat.

Sage grouse
Sage grouse lek counts indicate 10-24% below LTA in the western portion of the region, including Hill, Blaine, Phillips, and a portion of Choteau counties. Both Valley and McCone counties indicate numbers that are above LTA. There are no formal surveys of sage grouse in the northeast corner of the region, as numbers are historically very low because of inadequate habitat.

Core sage grouse habitat primarily exists south of Highway 2 in mixed grass and Wyoming big sagebrush rangeland. Birds will be distributed sparsely across the expanses of sage brush, but may concentrate in certain areas.

Hungarian partridge
There are no formal surveys conducted for Hungarian (gray) partridge within Region 6. Partridge populations are always “spotty” across the region. Based on incidental observations, partridge populations saw similar decreases to pheasants and sharp-tailed grouse last year. However, the good nesting and brood-rearing conditions should help them recover similarly to the other species. In good habitats the outlook for huns is fair this year, but hunters may need to cover a lot of ground to find habitats favored by the species.

Improving Upland Game Bird Habitat and Access
To improve habitat for upland game birds, landowners can apply to enroll in a variety of cost-share programs under the Upland Game Bird Habitat Enhancement Program (UGBHEP) to develop, enhance, and conserve Montana's upland game bird habitats. Part of the agreements for these programs is that the land in the project area remains open to reasonable public hunting. Generally, up to 75% of the cost of the landowner's UGBHEP project can be reimbursed.

One of the UGBHEP options to secure habitat and provide hunting opportunity is the Open Fields program. Open Fields started in 2012 and is a grant program that combines Farm Bill funds with state hunting license dollars. The program works with landowners to manage CRP in a wildlife-friendly way that provides important cover for Montana’s game birds. Conservation-incentive programs like Open Fields are geared to help landowners keep some land enrolled in CRP and to provide public game bird hunting opportunities.

Open Fields enrollment in Region 6 has been very successful this year. For the 2018 season, the program added 21 contracts totaling over 8,000 acres across the region, including 4,606 CRP acres and 3,484 additional acres of access. 13 of these contracts are in the northeast corner, six are near Havre, and two are near Hinsdale and Saco. Combined with previous enrollments, the program now offers about 39,000 acres of conserved habitat and access to bird hunters in Region 6.

Interested hunters can find the locations of Open Fields and other UGBHEP projects in the annual Montana Upland Game Bird Guide Enhancement Program Access or through the “hunt planner” on the FWP website.

In addition, the Block Management Access guides, which recently arrived at FWP offices, are another great resource to find places to hunt for upland birds.

Monday, August 20th 2018
Valley County unemployment rate at 2.5%
MONTANA – Montana’s unemployment rate dropped again for the third straight month, down to 3.7% for the month of July. The U.S. unemployment rate was at 3.9% in July.

“With Montana’s unemployment rate at the lowest in over a decade, and as Montana’s economy continues to grow with more good-paying jobs, we have a lot to be excited about,” said Governor Bullock. “This is a reflection of our strong business climate and entrepreneurialism, as well as efforts in both the public and private sectors to build a more diverse workforce that’s ready to take on the jobs of today and the future.”

Payroll employment posted a gain of 900 jobs in July, for a total of 3,400 jobs added in the last three months. Local government again posted the largest over-the-month growth, with the Administrative Support industry also posting a large increase. Total employment levels posted insignificant growth over the last month, despite increases in payroll employment, indicating workers switching from self-employment to payroll jobs.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 0.2% in July, with most of the increase coming from an increase in shelter prices. The acceleration of inflation continued, with the over-the-year increase in the CPI-U hitting 2.9% for the second month in a row. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, increased 0.2% in July, with a change of 2.4% over-the- year, the largest over-the-year increase since September 2008.

The unemployment rate in Valley County is 2.5% compared to 2.9% last year at this time.

Thursday, August 16th 2018
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Take Effect On FWP Properties In Phillips And Sheridan Counties
In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, under the recommendations of county officials, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and wildlife management areas (WMAs) are now under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Phillips co. and on Brush Lake State Park in Sheridan co. Both counties will enter Stage 1 restrictions beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17. These Stage 1 restrictions join both Hill and Blaine counties, who went into restrictions last week.

County officials in those counties enacted the Stage 1 restrictions, which ban campfires except where specifically exempted. Landowners and agencies in those counties may or may not exempt specific sites. 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.

Under Stage 1 restrictions, persons may use a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 ft. of the device.

Many FAS’s (both day-use and overnight) under no fire restrictions allow campfires in steel grates. Please be aware, however, that fires are NEVER allowed on WMA’s and at some FAS’s.

Because Brush Lake State Park in Sheridan County has an on-site caretaker, fires will continue to be allowed in steel fire grates in the park under these Stage 1 restrictions.

Per FWP policy under Stage 1 restrictions, however, NO campfires will be allowed, even in steel grates, at any FAS in Phillips, Hill, and Blaine counties. To be specific, campfires are prohibited at the following FAS sites:
-Faber Reservoir FAS, Blaine Co.
-Bailey Reservoir FAS, Hill Co.
-Bear Paw Reservoir FAS, Hill Co.
-Fresno Tailwater FAS, Hill Co.
-Bjornberg Bridge FAS, Phillips Co.
-Cole Ponds FAS, Phillips Co.
-Alkali Creek FAS, Phillips Co.

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

Thursday, August 16th 2018
Judge orders new federal review of Keystone XL pipeline
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL pipeline's proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route, raising the possibility of further delays to a project first proposed in 2008.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana said in a ruling Wednesday that the State Department must supplement its 2014 environmental impact study of the project to consider the new route. Morris declined to strike down the federal permit for the project, approved by President Donald Trump in March 2017.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission rejected pipeline developer TransCanada's preferred route in November 2017, but approved a different pathway that stretches farther to the east. The "mainline alternative" route is five miles longer than the company's preferred route, cuts through six different Nebraska counties and runs parallel to an existing TransCanada-owned pipeline for 89 miles.

State Department officials "have yet to analyze the mainline alternative route," Morris wrote in his ruling. The State Department has "the obligation to analyze new information relevant to the environmental impacts of its decision."

Last month, the State Department declared the pipeline would not have a major impact on Nebraska's water, land or wildlife. The report said the company could mitigate any damage caused.

It's not clear whether the additional review will delay the 1,184-mile project. TransCanada spokesman Matthew John said company officials are reviewing the judge's decision.

Environmentalists, Native American tribes and a coalition of landowners have prevented the company from moving ahead with construction. In addition to the federal lawsuit in Montana that seeks to halt the project, opponents also have a lawsuit pending before the Nebraska Supreme Court. Oral arguments in the Nebraska case aren't expected until October.

Critics of the project have raised concerns about spills that could contaminate groundwater and the property rights of affected landowners.

Pipeline opponents cheered the decision and said they were confident that the courts would find other violations of federal law raised in the lawsuit.

"We are pleased that Judge Morris has rejected all of the excuses raised by the Trump administration and TransCanada in attempting to justify the federal government's failure to address TransCanada's new route through Nebraska," said Stephan Volker, an attorney for the environmental and Native American groups that filed the Montana lawsuit.

A State Department spokesman said the agency was still reviewing the judge's order but declined to offer additional comments.

The pipeline would carry up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Canada through Montana and South Dakota to Steele City, Nebraska, where it would connect with the original Keystone pipeline that runs down to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.

The State Department's new report noted two major spills in South Dakota involving the original Keystone pipeline, which went into operation in 2010, but added that TransCanada has a lower overall spill rate than average in the oil pipeline industry.

Wednesday, August 15th 2018
VCCF Grants Awarded
Projects from throughout Valley County are either completed, or closer to completion, thanks to grants from the Valley County Community Foundation.

Awards for this year’s seven grants totaled $14,190 according to Doris Leader of Nashua, who chairs the VCCF.

VCCF began giving grants in 2000 and since then has awarded 138 grants totaling $192,424. Grants are awarded each spring to organizations with a 501(c) 3 IRS designation, or government and educational entities. These projects received VCCF grants this spring:

$2,500 to the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital nursery for a bili blanket loaned to families with newborns suffering from jaundice and used at home

$2,000 to Nashua Senior Citizens for a sliding door cooler

$1,000 to the Glasgow High School Snack Pack Program to provide food for undernourished children

$1,559 to Two Rivers Growth to purchase a refrigerated food preparation table for the Opheim Café
$3,131 to the Valley County Fair Commission to purchase benches for the fairgrounds
$1,000 to Irle Elementary School for new folding chairs with a storage cart
$3,000 committed to the Hinsdale Public School for library renovations
The Magnus Swanson Fund contributed $2,088 to this grant. In establishing his fund within the VCCF endowment, Swanson stipulated that a portion of each year’s earnings be used in Hinsdale and the remainder used elsewhere in Valley County.

Grants to the Hinsdale School, Nashua Senior Citizens, the Snack Pack Program, Two Rivers Growth and the Fair Board received full funding of the amount requested.

The Valley County Community Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, affiliated with the statewide Montana Community Foundation.

Assets are just over $1,214,000. Projects within the areas of arts and culture, basic human needs, economic development, education, and natural resources and conservation are eligible to apply for grants.

Along with the part of the endowment earmarked for the grant program, VCCF is steward of two scholarship funds. More information is available at www.valleycountycf.net or by calling board member Jean Carlson at 526-3245.

Wednesday, August 15th 2018
Burn Ban Now In Effect For Valley County
From the office of the Valley County Commissioners:

There is a burn ban in effect for Valley County. No open burning or burn permits.

Campfires are still allowed as long as they are attended. Fire pits and charcoal are also allowed.

No open field fires or junk pile burning.

From the National Weather Service in Glasgow - with the exception of a few locally heavy showers, the last 30 days have been very dry for most of MT. Glasgow has had only 0.03 inch since July 11.

Wednesday, August 15th 2018
Commerce To Help Preserve Affordable Housing In Culbertson And Wolf Point
HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Department of Commerce recently awarded $840,000 of federal funding to assist with the acquisition and rehabilitation of Roosevelt Villas, two affordable apartment buildings located in Culbertson and Wolf Point.

The rehabilitation of the apartments will add needed safety, structural, and efficiency improvements to the apartments and will guarantee at least 30 years of continued affordable rent for households earning below 60 percent of the area median income.

“Having a safe and affordable place for hard working Montanans and their families is important to the economic vitality of Montana, from our larger towns to our smallest communities,” Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote said. “This rehabilitation will keep housing affordable for workers in these communities for many years to come.”

The $2.6 million Home Investment Partnership (HOME) project focuses on increasing resident safety and security by adding new exterior lights, sidewalks, doors and locks, and repairing the buildings to current earthquake codes. The plan also includes installation of new roofs, flooring, kitchen cabinets, energy efficient windows, solar panels, and carports that will add longevity and durability to the project. The rehabilitation work is slated to start this fall.

“Rehabilitating this housing means that families and individuals will continue to have access to quality, affordable housing for the next several decades,” Great Northern Development Corporation Executive Director Tori Matejovsky said. “This investment will strengthen the communities of Wolf Point and Culbertson and ensure Montanans can create their own economic opportunity.”

The HOME Program funding used for this rehabilitation project is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Montana Department of Commerce grants HOME funds to help local governments respond to the need for adequate, affordable housing for individuals and families.

Wednesday, August 15th 2018
Listening Sessions to Aid in Developing Montana Invasive Species Summit
BILLINGS, FORT PECK & KALISPELL, Montana – The Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC) will host invasive species listening sessions in Billings, Fort Peck and Kalispell over the course of the next month. The listening sessions will be focused on the findings of a recent invasive species law review, which will also support the upcoming Montana Invasive Species Summit to be held in Helena November 15-16, 2018.

The public is encouraged to attend. The listening sessions will be held in the following locations:

Tuesday, August 21st, 4 pm – 6pm
Montana Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation – Southern Land Office
1371 Rimtop Drive
Billings, MT

Tuesday, August 28th, 4 pm – 6 pm
Ft. Peck Interpretive Center
Yellowstone Rd, Fort Peck, MT 59223
Fort Peck, MT

Tuesday, September 11th, 5:00 pm – 8 pm
Homewood Suites
195 Hutton Ranch Road
Kalispell, MT

While interested organizations, stakeholders and citizens are encouraged to attend a listening session in person, an online survey is also available. The online survey will cover the major themes coming out of the invasive species law review, and the questions will be similar to the discussion topics held at the listening sessions. The online survey is now available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MISCsurvey2018
The listening sessions are designed to allow the people of Montana to express their comments and concerns regarding current invasive species programmatic and regulatory topics such as the concept of an all-taxa invasive species list, the management of aquatic invasive plants, regulations and enforcement, and funding.

The responses collected from the listening sessions and online surveys will aid in the planning and development of the Montana Invasive Species Summit on November 15th – 16th in Helena, Montana. The Summit will feature a series of panels focused on topics related to the findings of the law review, with the objective of gaining clarity on current rules, and moving forward with solutions and means of enhancing the prevention and management of invasive species in Montana.

The Montana Invasive Species Council encourages anyone who is interested in preserving the native Montana landscapes and ecosystems to participate in the listening sessions or online survey. The responses will provide valuable feedback to support efforts moving forward.

If you have any questions, please visit the MISC website here.
Tuesday, August 14th 2018
Shake-up In Race For Valley County Sheriff/Coroner
According to Valley County Clerk & Recorder Lynne Nyquist, there has been a change in this fall's race for Valley County Sheriff/Coroner.

On Monday afternoon, August 13th, Thomas Boyer filed as a write-in candidate for Valley County Sheriff/Coroner for the November 6th General Election.

Also on Monday afternoon, Luke Strommen withdrew his filing for the position.

Strommen has been placed on paid administrative leave since mid-June due to an investigation conducted by the Montana Department of Justice.

Boyer, as a write-in candidate, will face Joe Horn in the November election.

Tuesday, August 14th 2018
Record Setting Run For Little Mermaid
Little Mermaids wrapped up its 3-week run with a sold out show on Sunday at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre.

According to Andy Meyers, only 5 times since 2001 has a Fort Peck Summer Theatre play drawn over 2,000 people in a single weekend.

With the run of Disney's The Little Mermaid, that number is now at eight. All three weekends saw over 2,000 people view the show. That sets a new attendance record, averaging 682 people per show, eclipsing Grease's 657 and Mary Poppins' 603 as the only other shows to average more than 600 people.

Counting volunteers in the crowd, Little Mermaid averaged over 700 people per performance.

Almost Maine, one of America’s most frequently produced plays, will make it's Fort Peck Summer Theatre debut this coming weekend.

Monday, August 13th 2018
Montana citizens asking for tougher DUI laws against impaired drivers
BOZEMAN — Members of DUI task forces are asking legislators for tougher laws against impaired driving in Montana.

The state had the nation's highest percentage of fatal crashes involving impaired drivers in three of the five years between 2012 and 2016.

The DUI Law Committee asked the legislature's Interim Law and Justice Committee to consider making a third DUI a felony and require ignition interlock devices after a first DUI.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the DUI Law Committee made its recommendations after asking task force members and lower court judges how they would reduce the incidence of DUIs.

The committee also suggested setting up more well-publicized sobriety checkpoints and allowing officers to get an electronic warrant for drivers who refuse breath tests.

The Law and Justice committee meets again in September.

Monday, August 13th 2018
Almost Maine Finishes Off 2018 Fort Peck Summer Theatre Season
Fort Peck Summer Theatre concludes 49th season with the collaborative Almost, Maine, featuring music by Patrick Cook

A romantic comedy with music that takes place on a serendipitous night under the magnificent northern lights. Almost Maine is currently the most frequently produced play in America, and will be making it’s FPST debut.

In addition to performing in the show, each cast member also took on an equal share of the directing and designing duties for the production. Artistic Director Andy Meyers hopes that in addition to offering new opportunities to company members, it also gives the audience a unique experience seeing the show told from multiple viewpoints and styles.

The Almost Maine company is Geoff Belliston, Nick Dirkes, Sydney Hayward, Andy Meyers, Ben Miller, Jacob Nalley, Mathias Oliver, Lauren Paley, Spencer Perry, Rachel Lynn Pewitt, Jay Michael Roberts, Leigh Treat, Megan Wiltshire and Scott Worley. Live music is also performed by Patrick Cook, who last starred on the FPST stage as Buddy Holly.

Performances are August 17 – September 2; Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm.
For more information call 406-526-9943 or visit our online box office at fortpecktheatre.org

Monday, August 13th 2018
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Take Effect On FWP Properties In Hill And Blaine Counties
In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, under the recommendations of county officials, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and wildlife management areas (WMAs) are now under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Hill and Blaine counties. Both counties entered Stage 1 restrictions beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 10.

County officials in those counties enacted the Stage 1 Restrictions, which ban campfires except where specifically exempted. Landowners and agencies in those counties may or may not exempt specific sites. 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.

Under Stage 1 restrictions, persons may use a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3’ of device.

Many FAS’s (both day-use and overnight) under no fire restrictions allow campfires in steel grates. Please be aware, however, that fires are NEVER allowed on WMA’s and at some FAS’s.

Per FWP policy under these Stage 1 restrictions, NO campfires will be allowed, even in steel grates, at any FAS in Hill and Blaine counties. To be specific, campfires are prohibited at the following FAS sites:
-Faber Reservoir FAS, Blaine Co.
-Bailey Reservoir FAS, Hill Co.
-Bear Paw Reservoir FAS, Hill Co.
-Fresno Tailwater FAS, Hill Co.

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

Monday, August 13th 2018
Historians To Document Richland And Roosevelt County Food Heritage At Sept. 15 Event
SIDNEY -- A team of historians and students will collect information about the history of producing, preserving, cooking and eating food in Richland and Roosevelt counties at an event set for Sept. 15 in Sidney.

“A Taste of the Past: Gathering Montana's Food Heritage” will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Pella Lutheran Church, 418 W. Main St.

The community-based gathering is part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant received by the Montana Historical Society and the Center for Western Lands and Peoples at Montana State University to conduct a community project focused on gathering materials documenting the food culture and food heritage of Richland and Roosevelt counties.

Area residents are invited to bring traditional recipes, community cookbooks, historic photographs and documents of food-related events, menus, records of home demonstration clubs and artifacts related to food preparation and preservation. The team will scan and gather information about the documents and artifacts that speak to the history of the region’s local food customs.

Throughout the event, MHS and CWLP staff will present programs on Montana food history and preservation techniques for artifacts, cookbooks and photographs. Participants will retain the original items and will receive a digital image of the items on a thumb drive. The digital images will be made available on the Montana Memory Project.

“We are excited to discuss the importance of this grant as well as to invite Richland and Roosevelt County residents to share their food heritage on Sept. 15,” said Mary Murphy, MSU professor of history and one of the organizers of the event.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

MSU’s Center for Western Lands and Peoples studies the lands and peoples of the North American West through the humanities, arts, and social and natural sciences. For additional information, visit http://www.montana.edu/west/ .
Monday, August 13th 2018
2018 Fort Peck Reservoir Chinook Salmon Stocking And Fishing Outlook
Photo: FWP intern Wyatt Pickens was able to catch a nice salmon on Fort Peck Reservoir in July. Photo Credit Steve Dalbey
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports some exciting news…Chinook salmon are biting at Ft. Peck Reservoir! Casual and hardcore salmon fisherman have been waiting to hear whether salmon will be showing up this year, especially after the slower 2017 season.

Interest in this unique fishery continues to grow and numerous social media outlets have been quick to alert anglers of the improving salmon bite in recent weeks. Boats rigged with downriggers have been flocking to the dam area in search of the prized Chinook (or king) salmon.

Salmon were first introduced into Ft. Peck Reservoir in 1983. Due to the abundance of their preferred forage fish, cisco, salmon have shown excellent growth, with males maturing in two to four years and females in three to four years. This is the only Chinook fishery in Montana, so anglers travel from near and far in hopes of hooking up with these fresh water titans.

Heath Headley, Ft. Peck Fisheries Biologist for FWP, hints that the salmon fishing forecast for this summer looks promising based on numbers of salmon released in 2017 (345,386). Strong numbers of salmon released, abundant cisco (the primary forage item for chinook salmon), and a productive reservoir environment should benefit hatchery salmon survival. Abundant cisco can also act as a buffer to predation from walleye and northern pike. Higher reservoir elevations also provide an increased amount of coldwater habitat, key to salmon survival.

Biologists generally don’t get much insight into the survival of these small salmon until they reach larger sizes and are caught in sampling gear. However, in 2017 staff observed small 8-10-inch salmon during the 2017 summer/fall during sampling surveys. In addition, anglers reported catching a few as well. This is a promising sign that stocking efforts and good survival are leading to a potential strong year class.

Early indications are that a good portion of the salmon caught in 2018 are smaller, younger aged fish. Specifically, 2-year-old males also known as “jacks” that should average about 5 pounds. Males typically mature earlier than females; and the high abundance of food has also been shown to lead to faster growth and maturity. Male salmon typically mature at 2-3 years while female salmon mature at 3-4 years of age in Fort Peck Reservoir.

Anglers may recall a similar pattern back in 2015 when good numbers of 2-year old males were caught when similar environmental and biological conditions were very favorable for growth and survival. That year class was present in the system for an additional two years providing angling opportunities and eggs for future stocking efforts. It’s still too early to tell, but based on observations thus far, things look encouraging for the upcoming years.

Finally, in 2018, FWP released 377,534 Chinook salmon into Fort Peck Reservoir. This is the third largest stocking of chinook salmon since the program began back in 1983 and was largely due to a successful egg collection and above average hatching success. Female salmon collected in the fall of 2017 were larger than average and carried more eggs. Additionally, egg size was larger than average which has been shown to lead to better hatching success.

Thursday, August 9th 2018
Water releases from Fort Peck expected to increase
MAHA, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Basin Water Management Division plans to maintain higher-than-average releases from all System projects, including Gavins Point, through the summer and fall. “Due to the water currently being stored in the reservoirs and the higher-than-average runoff being forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, Gavins Point releases will remain near 58,000 cfs for the remainder of the navigation season to ensure evacuation of all stored flood waters prior to next year’s runoff season,” said John Remus, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.
The 2018 runoff forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, is 39.8 million acre feet (MAF), 157 percent of average according to the Corps. July runoff was 5.1 MAF, 155 percent of normal.

The Missouri River mainstem reservoir system (System) storage was 67.4 MAF as of August 1, occupying 11.3 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone. “System storage peaked on July 8 at 68.4 MAF and is gradually declining. Approximately 30 percent of the System’s flood storage remains available to capture runoff from late summer rainfall events. The current amount of vacant flood control storage provides flexibility to lessen downstream flooding should suddenly-developing large rainfall events occur anywhere in the basin,” said Remus.

When necessary, the releases will be reduced from the System projects and utilize the available flood control space in the reservoirs, in order to lessen flooding downstream of all the projects. It is important to note that the ability to significantly reduce flood risk along the lower Missouri River diminishes at locations further downstream due to the large uncontrolled drainage area and the travel time from Gavins Point Dam.

Weekly updates on basin conditions, reservoir levels and other topics of interest can be viewed here: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/pdfs/weeklyupdate.pdf.

The Corps will continue to monitor basin and river conditions, including rainfall and mountain snowmelt, and will adjust the regulation of the System based on the most up-to-date information.

Reservoir Forecasts

Gavins Point Dam releases averaged 49,600 cfs during July, ranging from 26,000 to 58,000 cfs. Releases will remain near 58,000 cfs during August downstream conditions permitting. The Gavins Point reservoir ended July at elevation 1207.4 feet. The reservoir will end August near 1206.5 feet.
Fort Randall Dam releases averaged 48,300 cfs in July. Releases will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired reservoir elevation at Gavins Point. Releases are being made from both the powerhouse and outlet tunnels. The reservoir ended July at elevation 1358.1 feet, falling 3.9 feet during the month. The reservoir will gradually fall to near 1356.5 feet during August.
Big Bend Dam releases averaged 38,300 cfs in July. Releases are expected to average 54,000 cfs during August. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420.0 feet during August.
Oahe Dam releases averaged 43,300 cfs during July. Releases are expected to average 53,000 cfs in August. The reservoir ended July at elevation 1617.2 feet, 0.2 feet into the 3-foot Exclusive Flood Control Zone. The reservoir rose 2.9 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to peak near its current elevation before beginning to fall, ending August near elevation 1615.9 feet.
Garrison Dam releases were stepped down from 60,000 to 54,000 cfs during July averaging 58,700 cfs during the month. Releases were stepped down to 50,000 cfs in early August, and will be further reduced to 46,000 cfs by mid-August. Releases in excess of the powerhouse release were transferred from the outlet tunnels to the spillway on August 6. Transferring releases from the outlet tunnels to the spillway will allow the Corps to inspect the outlet tunnels, and to test the repairs that have been made to the spillway. Releases will be made from the spillway for the next several weeks. Garrison reservoir peaked in early July at 1353.2 feet, 3.2 feet into the 4-foot Exclusive Flood Control Zone. The reservoir ended the month near 1850.7 feet. The reservoir is expected to continue falling ending August near 1846.7 feet.
Fort Peck Dam releases averaged 17,400 cfs during July. Releases were decreased from 18,000 to 16,000 cfs near the end of July. Releases will remain at 16,000 cfs during August. Releases will be stepped down to 12,000 cfs around mid-September. Releases are currently greater than the maximum powerhouse release, so releases are being made from both the powerhouse and spillway. The reservoir peaked in early July at 2247.9 feet, 1.9 feet into the 4-foot Exclusive Flood Control Zone. The reservoir ended July at elevation 2246.1 feet. The reservoir is expected to continue falling ending August at 2243.4 feet.
The forecast reservoir releases and elevations discussed above are not definitive. Additional precipitation, lack of precipitation or other circumstances could cause adjustments to the reservoir release rates.

The six mainstem power plants generated 1,336 million kWh of electricity in July. Typical energy generation for July is 943 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 13.3 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the long-term average of 9.3 billion kWh.

Tuesday, August 7th 2018
Adult Field Day For Bowhunter Education Being Held In Glasgow
A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Bowhunter Education course date has been set for an adult online “field day” course on Wed., Aug. 15, from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Archery hunters must have purchased a Montana bow and arrow license prior to hunting during the archery-only season. To purchase a bow and arrow license an individual must meet one of the following requirements:
· show completion of a bowhunter education course
· show proof of purchase of a previous year’s bow and arrow license from Montana or another state

*Signed affidavits are no longer acceptable as proof of bowhunter education.

For the adult online field course, adults must pass the online bowhunter education course and receive a Field Day Qualifier Certificate. This Field Day Qualifier Certificate and a picture ID are necessary to obtain entrance into the field course. The adult field course will be held from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the FWP headquarters Quonset building.

Adult students need to register online to take the course. To register and learn more about the bowhunter education class offered, please go to the FWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov and look under the “Education” tab. If there are any questions, please call course coordinator Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704.

Tuesday, August 7th 2018
Relay For Life - Schedule Of Events
Valley County Fairgrounds
Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
4:30 - 5:45 p.m. *Survivor Registration and Reception (Under the Grandstand)
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. *Team Registration (Fair Office)
5:30 – 9:45 p.m. *Silent Auction (Under the Grandstand)
Auction will close at 9:45 p.m. Please check after 9:45 and pay for any items you may have won. All items will need to be picked up by 10:30 or the next bidder will be awarded the item.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. *Opening by Rod Karst & A.J. Etherington
*Opening Prayer – Tom Fauth
*Survivors positioned on track for lap – ALL Survivors!
*Flag presentation – American Legion Auxiliary Post 41
*National Anthem - Everyone
*Flame of Hope Lighting – Joyce Stone
(Special thanks to the keepers of the Flame – Bill & Kareen Nicol)
*Keynote address – Lana Jakanoski Koch
*Survivor Lap
*Team laps begin
* Future of Relay (Q & A time with Rod and the Organizing Committee members)
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. *Entertainment
8:00-8:30 - Mr. Geezer Pageant
8:30-9:00 - Music (TBA)
9:00-9:30 - Mr. Relay
9:45 p.m. *Caregiver Lap (caregivers pick up glow sticks in front of stage)
10:00 p.m. *Luminaria Ceremony (Public & participants encouraged to participate in lighting luminaria)
* Names and pictures scrolled on the large screen
Note: We ask that you respect those around you and keep the noise to a
minimum, and that all lights remain out during the ceremony. Thank you.
10:30 p.m. Closing ceremony
*Wrap-up of raffles and any other sales
*Wrap-up by Rod Karst & Event Leadership Team
(NOTE: If you wish to take your Luminaria bag(s) please do so at this time)
*Fight Back Ceremony
11:00 p.m. *Victory lap finale by EVERYONE
12:00 a.m. Amazing Race starts (this is for teams of two high school students…sign up at the stage)
Tuesday, August 7th 2018
VA Health Care System Meeting Set For August 14th
Glasgow, Montana – The Montana VA Health Care System will hold a town hall for Veterans at VFW Post 3107 located at 1222 Highway 2 West in Glasgow, MT on August 14, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Veterans will have the opportunity to learn more about the services and programs offered by Montana VA.

Senior Leadership and representatives will be available to provide information, including checking Veteran eligibility. The goal of the town hall is to better serve Veterans by providing information about available services and benefits from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). All Veterans, family members, friends and interested individuals are welcome. You don’t have to be enrolled with the VA to attend. Veterans not enrolled can bring their DD-214s to register for eligible services.

The Montana VA Health Care System serves over 47,000 enrolled Veterans across Montana—an area roughly 147,000 square miles in size. Veterans are cared for by a staff of nearly 1,200 (over a third are Veterans themselves) at 17 sites of care across the state.

Monday, August 6th 2018
Glasgow City Council to take up backyard chickens at meeting Monday
The Glasgow City Council will consider whether to move forward with the process and allow backyard chickens in the city limits of Glasgow.

The regular monthly meeting tonight will focus on whether or not to proceed with an ordinance that would allow chickens to be raised in Glasgow.

If the council votes to move forward, there will be the first reading of the ordinance later this month.

The other alternative for the council is to have voters in the city of Glasgow decide in November of 2019.

The City Council will meet Monday at 5:30 in the council chambers of the Glasgow Civic Center.

Friday, July 27th 2018
Motion Picture Money Circulating Thru Northeast Montana
There have been several reports of the "Motion Picture Use only" money circulating in the Wolf Point area.

There have been multiple stories of people finding them on the ground around town and there is the possibility that some has made its way to the Glasgow area.

Take a look at the picture, and notice the "For Motion Picture Use Only" phrase in the upper right-hand corner.

Thursday, July 26th 2018
Valley County Producers Have Until Aug. 1 to Submit FSA County Committee Nominations
Glasgow, MT July 25, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2018, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA.

The Aug. 1 deadline is quickly approaching. If you know of a candidate or want to nominate yourself to serve on your local county committee, visit your FSA office before the deadline to submit the nomination form. The nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities is encouraged. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.

The Valley County FSA Committee consists of three members and meet once a month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide there are over 7,700 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees.

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program and reside in the local administrative area where the election is being held. A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

All nominees must sign the nomination form FSA-669A. All nomination forms for the 2018 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA county office by Aug. 1, 2018. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 5 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 3. The newly elected county committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2019.

Wednesday, July 25th 2018
Lisa Garsjo Thievin to provide Pre-Show entertainment for the 2018 NEW STARS IN THE WESTERN SKY Talent Show – Valley County Fair – Friday, August 3rd
Nashua native and longtime Scobey resident Lisa Garsjo Thievin will kick-off the 2018 NEW STARS IN THE WESTERN SKY TALENT SHOW with a pre-show beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Talent Show at 7:00 p.m. - Friday August 3rd in front of the grandstands.

The daughter of former north-Nashua farmers Hartvik and Agnes Garsjo, Lisa began performing as a young child; and during the late 70’s through early 80’s, was a contestant in several of the Valley County Fair Talent Shows, at which time were put on by members of the local WIFE organization.
After moving to Scobey, Lisa and her husband Willie had their own band during the 1990’s – playing mostly country music for dances all around this northeastern corner of the state.

With the use of Dave and Marie Pippin’s sound equipment, Lisa will take you on a trip down memory lane with some of the songs she has performed over the years.

Lisa is excited to be part of the NEW STARS IN THE WESTERN SKY TALENT SHOW. Proceeds are used to fund a scholarship program for Valley County college students enrolled with majors or minors in Music & the Arts.
Sunday, July 22nd 2018
Glasgow Police Department Responds To Incident At Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital
On July 22, 2018, at 0234 hours, the Glasgow Police Department along with the Valley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious person at the Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

Upon arriving on scene, officers were alerted by the sound of a gun shot in the rear parking lot of the hospital. During a subsequent search of the area, officers located a 50-year-old male with a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

Officers immediately notified medical staff and the male was transported to the emergency room.

This is considered an isolated incident and the public is not at risk.

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