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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Fort Belknap tribal officers detained a state game warden for over five hours on Saturday, apparently because the tribe believes the agency has unfairly focused its enforcement efforts on tribal members.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks Deputy Director Mike Volesky tells The Billings Gazette that Warden Dirk Paulsen of Chinook was patrolling about 12 miles west of Hays on Saturday morning when tribal officers blocked his vehicle.
Last year, the tribe passed a resolution denying wardens access to tribal lands without authorization. Volesky says some interpret it as meaning nontribal members need permission to travel across tribal lands, even on public roads.
Volesky says tribal officers threatened to impound Paulsen's vehicle. Fort Belknap Indian Community Council president Mark Azure says the warden was cited for criminal trespass.
It is hunting season again and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks of Region 6 would like to remind you to be courteous of landowners’ property while in the field.
While most hunters make a conscious effort to close gates behind them, every year some gates get left open by careless hunters causing landowners additional work. This can result in many hours of effort re-sorting already worked cows and calves.
The common rule is to leave gates as they are found, but there can be exceptions. For example, if you find a gate lying on the ground with cattle on one side and none on the other, the gate may have been left open by another hunter, and not the landowner.
Please take a few minutes to find out if the gate should be closed, by calling the landowner, public land agency, or even a MFWP employee (Game Warden, Block Management Tech, or Biologist).
The time you take to contact someone, could be the difference in keeping the land open to hunting in the future.
Tim Potter Jr.
R6 Hunting Access Enhancement Coordinator
(From Emily Wilson)
The Glasgow City-County Library is constantly looking for ways to improve and expand our service. Recently, we have been evaluating expanding our interlibrary loan services to include items previously offered on a limited basis. Interlibrary loan allows us to access items in libraries across the continental United States to lend to our patrons. As always, we have to balance services with our funding and make hard decisions on how to use your monies to the best benefit of the entire community.
Next week, we will be expanding the ability for patrons to request interlibrary loans of DVDs (movies and tv shows) as well as to items the library owns but are currently checked out. The caveat to this service expansion is that the borrowing patron will need to reimburse the library for the return shipping of the item at a flat rate of $3.00 at the time the item is picked up.
The library currently spends $300 a month on average to ship books back to other libraries. Our budget cannot support a significant increase. However, as there are no video stores in Glasgow, the ability to expand our entertainment services though borrowing from other libraries is thought to be a service that could be utilized by our community.
We felt that the $3.00 shipping fee would be commensurate with the cost of a video store rental. Additionally, we felt that due to the many book clubs in Valley County, that sometimes many patrons might want to read the same book at the same time. We are able and will continue to be able to place a patron on waiting list for a book and call them when it returns.
However, this timeline does not always meet the patrons’ need. Moving forward, the patron has another option, which is to get the book sooner and reimburse the library for the shipping charges. This option would be less expensive than procuring the book independently. We will be evaluating these new options at the end of 6 months to determine if the offerings should remain a permanent service of the library.
Along with these new options next week, we will be hosting Tuesday Tech Night with Brian Gregory on September 23. The technology lesson and discussion will be held at the library in the reading area.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An embattled northeastern Montana sheriff has resigned less than two months ahead of an election in which he appeared headed for defeat by a subordinate.
Roosevelt County Commissioner Gary MacDonald said two-term Sheriff Freedom Crawford turned his resignation in late Thursday.
The resignation was first reported by The Billings Gazette. A replacement had not been named Friday.
Crawford did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.
In June, he lost a primary vote to opponent Jason Frederick by a huge margin. The two were to face off again in November.
Frederick, a former undersheriff, was demoted by Crawford shortly after announcing his candidacy.
Crawford most recently made headlines when police found him sleeping on a Wolf Point sidewalk and suspected he was intoxicated. He was not cited.
Homelessness is defined as the condition of not having a permanent place to live; only recently perceived as a societal problem. Estimates of the number of homeless people in the U.S. range from 1.5 to 3 million, and the problem exists in all major cities and a growing number of smaller communities. The causes range from large-scale deinstitutionalization of mentally ill people to disintegration of the social fabric in minority communities, drug and alcohol abuse, cutbacks in federal social welfare programs, job loss, and real estate speculation.
“Homeless for a Night” is an opportunity for students in the GHS leadership class to take action on the homeless problem. Those who participate will spend a night in front of the Pioneer Museum to discuss, think, and learn about homelessness. Although one night outside can in no way simulates homelessness, this awareness-raising activity can promote advocacy, protest, and education.
Who: GHS Leadership Class students
When: September 20th (10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.)
Where: Pioneer Museum
What: We will be sleeping in boxes to gain awareness of the life of the homeless.
All participants should:
1) Bring at least one blanket (new or gently used), which can be donated at the end of the night to the event.
2) Make and bring one cardboard shelter which they may use with their blanket to stay warm.
3) Find at least 2 sponsors who would be willing to donate $1 for each hour we are homeless (eight in our case), or bring two additional blankets to be donated. (The students have decided to collect at least $25 apiece to be donated to the Glasgow Ministerial Association. Their goal is to collect $400.)
Who is homeless and why?
The homeless population includes people from all walks of life:
• In the US, more than 1.75 million people experience homelessness each year.
• 36% of the homeless population is families with children, which is the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.
• 40% are U.S. military veterans.
• 25% are children under the age of 18 years.
• 30% of homeless have been homeless for more than two years
• 22% suffer from mental illness.
• 66% of homeless have problems with alcohol, drug abuse or mental illness
• Average monthly income for a homeless individual is $348
• Annual number of food stamp recipients who are children is 9.3 million
• 25% of homeless people are employed
• 12 million children in the U.S. live below the poverty level
• 20% of the people in a soup kitchen line are children
With the reported confirmed case of EV-D68 in Montana, it seems to be a good time to review good respiratory hygiene as recommended by the CDC:
You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick. Bleach is preferred for disinfecting as alcohol sanitizers are not effective against enterviruses.
The Valley County Community Foundation has been admitted to the 2014 State Employees Charitable Giving Campaign, local coordinator Allen Bunk announced this week.
This marks the ninth year VCCF has been part of the successful statewide project. Employee signup for the program runs for six weeks, Sept. 29 through Nov. 7.
Bunk is a longtime state employee and the appraiser in the Montana State Revenue Field Office in Glasgow. He is a founding and current director of the VCCF representing the Nashua area. He leads the effort for local state employees to give to VCCF.
Through the state giving campaign, all 11,638 state employees are able to give to non-profit organizations of their choice, many using the payroll deduction option. The annual campaign has a history of raising substantial amounts for organizations within Montana, notably $445,228 last year alone.
“Generous employees in Valley County have raised over $3,200 since the first distribution arrived to VCCF in 2007,” Bunk said. He encourages State employees who want to use the payroll deduction to use the VCCF organization code of 5265.
Since inception nearly 20 years ago, the balance of the VCCF endowment has grown to over $500,000. Earnings from the principle have provided $128,679 in grants to non-profit organizations in all parts of Valley County. Grants are awarded each spring. With the 2014 roster of grants as typical, amounts ranged from $1,000 to $3,500.