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Friday, November 17th 2017
Valley County Sheriff's Office Arrest Glasgow Man On Felony Charge of Strangulation of Partner or Family Member
The Valley County Sheriff's Office arrested 35-year old William Kratzer on November 14th and charged him with Felony Strangulation of Partner or Family Member.

The VCSO was called to the TrailsWest Trailer Court during the noon hour on November 14th for a domestic disturbance in progress.

Kratzer was allegedly strangling his partner when the VCSO arrived on scene. The victim in the case was transported to the FMDH for injuries and was released.

Kratzer made an initial appearance in court and bond was set at $25,000. As of Friday he was still incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center.

If convicted of the felony charge, Kratzer could be sentenced up to 5 years in jail and fined up to $50,000.

Friday, November 17th 2017
Holiday Saturday Set For November 25th
You're invited to share a holiday Saturday with the Glasgow area merchants on Saturday, November 25th.

Santa will arrive at noon and is scheduled for appearances throughout the afternoon -
12:15 p.m. - Shopko
12:45 p.m. - Prairie Ridge
1:15 p.m. - Nemont Manor
1:45 p.m. - Valley View Home
2:30-4:30 p.m. - Santa visits Pehlke's Furniture & Floor Coverings

There will be a free matinee, "Nine Lives," at Valley Cinemas from 1-2:30 p.m.

Hay rides will be provided by Cornwell Ranch from 2:30-5 p.m.

The tree lighting ceremony will be held at Markle's parking lot at 5 p.m.

The Christmas Light Parade will start at 6 p.m. Most Glasgow businesses will be open until 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 16th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Sarah Swanson of Farm Equipment Sales
Thursday, November 16th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Errol Rice of Montana Stockgrowers Association
Wednesday, November 15th 2017
Farm Equipment Sales Announces Plan In Place To Sell to South Dakota Company
Farm Equipment Sales, a 53 year old Montana John Deere Dealership with four locations in Glasgow, Plentywood, Culbertson, and Circle, announced today that a letter of intent to sell has been made with C & B Operations, LLC headquartered in Gettysburg, South Dakota. During the announcement to their employees Marc Swanson, President and CEO of Farm Equipment Sales stated “after 53 years, we are excited to announce our alliance with C&B Operations, one of the nation’s largest and most successful John Deere dealer organizations. This partnership will ensure that all of our customers, employees, and communities have the continued support they deserve in sales, parts, and service by maintaining the existing relationships we’ve built.”

Farm Equipment Sales, Inc.’s roots date back to 1964, where in Glasgow, Montana it became a leader in agriculture for four generations. Sarah Swanson, General Manager of Farm Equipment Sales stated “with each new generation Farm Equipment Sales continues to strive to lead the Eastern Montana ag community through the changes faced by our industry, and today’s ever changing technological, capital, and agronomic changes are no different. We are passionate about the longevity of production agriculture in Northeast Montana, about ensuring that our rural communities maintain a local physical dealer presence, and about continuing to anchor our communities with highly skilled and well compensated employment opportunities. With all this in mind, we truly believe that the best long-term solution is to join the C&B Operations organization where they embody the same philosophies of integrity, teamwork, and quality that have guided FES for the past 53 years.”

C & B Operations, LLC owns and operates 25 John Deere dealerships in South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. It’s Montana dealerships are located in Billings, Miles City, and Glendive. C&B began in 1988 when Dan Cronin and Rod Burwell purchased the John Deere dealership in Gettysburg, South Dakota and has grown to be one of the premier John Deere dealers in the country. Matt Cronin, President and CEO of C & B Operations, LLC said, “Both companies are excited to begin this new chapter. Farm Equipment Sales, Inc. is known to be a leader in agriculture due to their solid infrastructure, stability of their employees, and their progressive management. By bringing our companies together, we will better serve our customers in all the market areas we support. We are thrilled to have the Farm Equipment Sales organization join our team and we want our customers in Glasgow, Plentywood, Culbertson, and Circle, to know that we are Solid, Stable, and Still John Deere!”

The transition is anticipated to take place in early 2018.

Tuesday, November 14th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Northeast Montana Relay For Life And Festival of Trees
Monday, November 13th 2017
Bentonite Mining Underway In Valley County
Photo - Bentonite clay is used for a variety of purposes including medical products and cosmetic make-up. (BLM Photo Jonathan Moor)

(GLASGOW, Mont.) – Millions of Americans need bentonite every day, but many don’t even know it.

To supply that demand, bentonite mining started in Valley County Nov. 13, 2017, on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management Glasgow Field Office.

Imerys started an open pit bentonite mine about two acres in size, approximately 20 miles southwest of Glasgow, Mont. This is a portion of a total of 17.8 acres that was approved to mine in April 2016.

“Bentonite is a locatable mineral used for a wide variety of industrial purposes, including: medical products, binder, drilling mud, and even cosmetic make-up,” said BLM Geologist Craig Towery.

Mining operations are scheduled to shut down for the year on Nov. 30, 2017.

“Since the mining is taking place during hunting season, we are asking hunters to take extra safety precautions when in the vicinity of the mining activity,” said BLM Glasgow Field Manager Pat Gunderson.

This mine is also within the Sagebrush Focal Area. “The BLM is honoring valid and existing rights on unpatented mining claims in accordance with our new Resource Management Plan,” explained Gunderson.

In keeping with the Trump Administration’s priority of getting America back to work, the BLM supports working landscapes across the West through its many programs.
Saturday, November 11th 2017
Capital Christmas Tree To Arrive In Glasgow On Friday, November 17th
The Capital Christmas Tree will be arriving here on Friday November 17th at 3:00 p.m.

It will be parking in the Valley Event Center north parking lot.

The tree will then leave for Glendive at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 11th 2017
Region 6 Havre Check Station Seeing Mixed Bag on Harvest
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Havre hunter check station has been operating for five weeks so far for the 2017 hunting season. Mule deer harvest has been high compared to previous years, and most big game species and upland birds have been slightly down.

Over the five weeks the check station has been open, overall hunter numbers are down 7% from last year and are 6% below the long-term average.

“Muddy, wet weather conditions the first weekend the check station opened may have contributed to the reduction in hunters, and adverse weather conditions the last (fifth) weekend likely lead to less hunters being out in the field” said Havre-area biologist Scott Hemmer, who manages the check station.

Mule deer populations have rebounded in most areas, which has been reflected in the increased harvest, and hunters have consistently indicated they are seeing more deer.
Mule deer harvest to date is up 37% from last year and 5% above the long-term average.

“We are still seeing more mule deer brought through the station, and hunters are often commenting on the abundant mule deer they see while out hunting,” said Hemmer.

“Hunters have also reported seeing more white-tailed deer this year,” continued Hemmer, “But this has not been reflected in the harvest so far.”

For the year, 28 white-tails have been brought by the check station, which is 40% less than last year, and 55% less than the long-term average.

Antelope harvest this year is down slightly, with 81 antelope being checked since general antelope season opened. This has been a 9% decrease from 2016, but still 72% below the long-term average. Hemmer notes that part of the reason for the lower long-term antelope harvest numbers has been the reduction of permits since the 2010-11 winter.

“Hunters have reported seeing an increase in antelope numbers compared to the last few years, and that is further indication of populations increasing,” said Hemmer. “Across the region, in response to steadily climbing antelope numbers, we have made more permits available in some hunting districts this year due to increasing populations.”

Elk harvest for the first five weeks is at 27 elk, which is slightly above the long-term average.

For upland birds over the five weeks that the check station has been open, the pheasant harvest of 378 birds is below last year (-36%) and the long-term average (-49%). Sharp-tailed grouse harvest of 51 birds and Hungarian partridge harvest of 27 birds were both down from last year and below the long-term average. Eleven ducks have been brought through the check station.

“The extreme drought conditions this year appear to have affected upland bird brood survival, which can be seen in the lower percentage of juvenile birds in the harvest,” said Hemmer. “Some bird hunters have still reported seeing good bird numbers in areas with good habitat, but overall hunter success has been lower this year.”

Please remember that all hunters are required by law to stop as directed at all designated check stations on their way to and from hunting, even if they have no game to be checked. Biologists gather a lot of valuable information and biological data on game animals brought through check stations, and FWP appreciates all hunters’ cooperation in this effort.

Saturday, November 11th 2017
FWP Salmon Spawn Effort on Fort Peck Reservoir a Success
(Pictured- FWP’s BJ Kemp with a large female salmon collected during the spawn)

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries crews began collecting adult Chinook salmon the first week of October this year in hopes of collecting a large number of eggs. Throughout October, FWP staff collected an estimated 791,000 eggs from nearly 200 female salmon. Although this was down from the record year of 1.4 million in 2016, this was the second most eggs collected since the program began. Successfully hatched eggs will be raised to fingerlings and released back into the reservoir in 2018.

Crews used electrofishing boats and targeted areas near the dam throughout October. Salmon do not naturally reproduce in Fort Peck Reservoir, making these efforts critical to the continuation of this fishery.

“Despite low angler catch rates of salmon during the summer,” said Heath Headley, Fort Peck Reservoir biologist, “fisheries and hatchery staff managed to collect a respectable amount of adult salmon and eggs this fall.”

Salmon were first introduced into For 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.

Although less salmon were caught by anglers in 2017, crews were hoping for a good egg-collection year because those fish that were caught were bigger in size.

“There were definitely fewer salmon present in 2017 when compared to last year, but the large year class(es) of cisco present likely also influenced the bite,” said Headley. “A large portion of females captured this year during the spawn collection were likely 4-year-old fish and in very good condition,” said Headley.

Reports from anglers as well as observations during netting surveys indicated most game fish species in Fort Peck, including salmon, were utilizing the abundant year class of small cisco.

“The size of most females captured was close to 20 pounds. The largest female measured was 35.8 inches and weighted in at 26.7 pounds.”

The presence of these older, larger fish allowed staff to collect a larger number of eggs from fewer fish.

“Eggs-per-female averaged around four thousand this year, compared to past years when the average was closer to three thousand to thirty-five hundred eggs per female,” said Wade Geraets, the Fort Peck Multi-Species Fish Hatchery manager. “Egg size was also larger in 2017 compared to most years, and in some instances, larger eggs may have a better hatching success and survival as well.”
“We are hoping for good hatching success and rearing over the winter, and look forward to putting more salmon back in the reservoir next spring,” said Geraets.

Thursday, November 9th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Valley County Sheriff Vernon Buerkle
Thursday, November 9th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Bruce Maxwell Talking About Montana Climate Assessment
Thursday, November 9th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Glasgow National Weather Service Office with Patrick Gilchrist and Jim Rhea
Wednesday, November 8th 2017
Fort Peck Election Results
The Town of Fort Peck had the only contested races in municipal elections for 2017. There was a contested race for 2-four year terms on the town council. The 3 candidates included Tyler Skolrud, Jim Williamson and Joe French.

Here are the results:

Joe French: 67
Jim Williamson: 60
Tyler Skolrud: 53

There was also one candidate running for an unexpired 2 year term. Kerry Aakre received 92 votes.

There are 175 registered voters in Fort Peck and 113 voted for a turnout of 65%.

Tuesday, November 7th 2017
Town of Fort Peck Election Today
The only municipal election in Valley County today is in Fort Peck where there is a contested election for 2 spots on the Fort Peck Town Council.

The mail-in ballot election concludes today with all ballots to be turned in by 8pm at the Valley County Courthouse.

62% of ballots have already been turned in according to the Valley County Election Administrator.

The contested race for the 2 spots on the Fort Peck Town Council includes Joe French, Tyler Skolrud and Jim Williamson. The top 2 will be elected to the Town Council.

There is also a uncontested race for an unexpired two year term and the only candidate is Kerry Aakre.

Tuesday, November 7th 2017
Glasgow High School Hosting Speech And Drama Meet November 18th
Glasgow High School is hosting a speech and drama meet November 18th. They are in need of Judges! There will be a short informational meeting for all judges November 16th at 6pm at the GHS Library. So if you've never had experience, that is ok! Call Assistant Coach Leila at 263-0321 to sign up!
Friday, November 3rd 2017
Winter Weather Impacts This Weekend
From the National Weather Service office in Glasgow

After intermittent periods of scattered snowfall through most of the day today, the main push of snowfall through the greater NE Montana region will occur tonight through Saturday morning.

Greatest snowfall accumulations (3-4 inches) will occur between 6:00 PM tonight and 6:00 AM tomorrow.

Persistent winds of 10 to 15 mph from the east for most of the the day today, will shift around from the northwest overnight tonight with the arrival of a cold front.

Overnight low temperatures will drop down into the single digits above zero Sunday night through Tuesday night.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from noon today to noon on Saturday.

Impacts:
Area roadways will be snow-covered and slippery.
Visibility will be reduced.
Travel will be difficult and hazardous.

Confidence
Widespread accumulating snowfall impacting visibility and travel tonight through Saturday morning: HIGH
Colder temperatures arriving to begin next week: HIGH
Widespread 3 to 4 inches of accumulating snowfall: MODERATE TO HIGH

Thursday, November 2nd 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features State Representative Casey Knudsen
Wednesday, November 1st 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Explanation Of Property Tax Bill
Tuesday, October 31st 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Halloween and Ghost Stories with Trisha Collins
Monday, October 30th 2017
Treat Street Map
Treat Street is coming up on Halloween in Glasgow - just check out the map for a list of businesses with extra special Halloween treats in store for you!

Monday, October 30th 2017
Region 6 Havre Check Station Results after Opening Weekend of General Hunting Season
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Havre hunter check station was fairly active over the weekend (Oct. 21-22) of general deer and elk opener, with an increase of hunters checked compared to last year. Oct. 21-22 was the third weekend that the check station has been open, as the station began collecting data Oct. 7-8, corresponding with the opening weekend of pheasant and general antelope.

Hunters had to hang on to their hats, as weather conditions over the opening weekend were windy on Saturday and very windy on Sunday. There were 253 hunters in 127 parties checked, which was up 6% from 2016.

However, over the three weeks the check station has been open, overall hunter numbers are down 10% from last year and are 3% below the long-term average.

“Muddy, wet weather conditions the first weekend the check station opened may have contributed to the reduction in hunters,” said Havre-are biologist Scott Hemmer, who manages the check station. “But the lower upland bird populations and corresponding bird hunter participation are also a probable cause of the lower hunter numbers.”

Mule deer harvest during the weekend increased from last year, with 65 bucks and 18 does brought through. The long-term average during opening weekend is 55 mule deer. Mule deer populations have rebounded in most areas, which was reflected in the increased harvest, and hunters have consistently indicated they are seeing more deer.
Mule deer harvest to date is up 57% from last year and 36% above the long-term average.

“The largest increase we have seen in big game harvest this year is mule deer,” said Hemmer. “This increase is likely the result of increasing mule deer populations throughout most of the Region and increases in mule deer B-license quotas.”

White-tailed deer harvest over the weekend was slightly down from last year, with six males and seven females brought in, and slightly below the long-term average of 15. For the year, 17 white-tails have been brought by the check station, which is 6% less than last year, and 10% less than the long-term average.

Antelope harvest was up from last year, with 18 bucks and three does checked in, and 72 antelope have been checked in since general antelope season opened. This has been a 9% decrease from 2016, and still 72% below long-term average. Antelope hunters have reported seeing a slight increase in antelope numbers compared to the last few years.

Elk harvest during the weekend was up slightly from last year, as seven cow elk, one bull, and two calves were brought by the check station. This was just above the long-term average of seven elk.

For the first three weeks that the check station has been open, the pheasant harvest of 318 birds is below last year (-34%) and the long-term average (-47%). Sharp-tailed grouse harvest of 34 birds and Hungarian partridge harvest of 20 birds were both down from last year and below the long-term average.

“The extreme drought conditions this year appear to have affected upland bird brood survival, which can be seen in the lower percentage of juvenile birds in the harvest,” said Hemmer. “Some bird hunters have still reported seeing good bird numbers in areas with good habitat, but overall hunter success has been lower this year.”

Please remember that all hunters are required by law to stop as directed at all designated check stations on their way to and from hunting, even if they have no game to be checked.

Thursday, October 26th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Jeff Cole and Lisa Baxter Talking Health Insurance and Services Offered By Area 1 Agency on Aging
Wednesday, October 25th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Congressional Candidate John Heenan and Missoulian Reporter Dillon Kato
Wednesday, October 25th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features The Connection and Children's Museum of Northeast Montana
Wednesday, October 25th 2017
Haunted Hayrides Return
The Haunted Hayrides will return to Glasgow on Thursday, October 26th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Sullivan Park.

Cost is one dollar per person to ride.

The event is sponsored by GHS student groups.

Wednesday, October 25th 2017
World Wildlife Weekends Hit Glasgow
Glasgow, Montana, October 24, 2017– The World Wildlife Exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Northeast Montana is taking center stage on Saturday, October 28 and Saturday, November 4. From 7 to 9 both evenings, guests will be welcomed into the side Museum entrance (former JCPenney’s catalog pickup entrance) at 126 5th Street South to take in all that the Exhibit has to offer.

Adventure at its finest, guests will experience a diversity of animals that spans seven continents and multiple decades of the late Skip Erickson’s life. Friends of Skip will be on hand to disperse some of the colorful stories that accompany the trophies. With a $10 admission charge, attendees will also be able to sample some of our region’s finest craft beers.

Money raised during the fundraising effort will help to support the future viability of this captivating exhibit and of the Children’s Museum of Northeast Montana. Join us for two awesome evenings of fellowship!

Wednesday, October 18th 2017
Individuals Responsible for Multiple Mule Deer Shot in McCone County Have Been Identified, Wardens Thank the Public
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 game wardens declare that due to good people coming forward with good information, the individuals responsible for the multiple mule deer killed in northern McCone Co. last week have been identified and interviewed.

Region 6 wardens would like to thank the public for their phone calls, comments, and Facebook shares, and would also like to thank media outlets for helping to spread the word.

Wardens are now working with the McCone Co. attorney, and charges are pending. The case will then go in front of the McCone Co. Court.

“Our job is not to prosecute the case, our job is to present the evidence and details of fish and wildlife crimes to the proper county attorney for prosecution,” said Region 6 warden captain Ron Howell. “Ultimately, it will be up to the McCone Co. Justice Court to determine the outcome.”

Warden Todd Tryan appreciates the calls and other information that came in, and he is currently working with the TIP-MONT program to determine reward possibilities for individuals that came forward with key information.

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

Wednesday, October 18th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Valley County Commissioners
Wednesday, October 18th 2017
Youth Outdoor Skills Event Held in Glasgow was a Success
A free youth outdoor skills event was held in Glasgow on Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Glasgow Trap Club. The event was organized and funded by donations and volunteers from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Hi-Line Sportsmen, Ducks Unlimited, and the Glasgow Trap Club.
Twenty youngsters showed up on a beautiful day to enjoy some fun activities and a great lunch of burgers, hotdogs, and hot apple cider. Youth participated in activities including archery, binocular use/Montana mammal ID, BB gun shooting, shotgun shooting and the Laser Shot shooting simulation.

Organizers look forward to doing this again next year, and hope that they can get more youth involved. Please contact one of the organizers if you have any idea on how to make this a better event.

The organizers would like to thank Glasgow businesses Albertsons, Reynolds Market, and T&R Trucking for their generous donations.


Wednesday, October 18th 2017
Now Is A Good Time To Apply For Apprentice Hunter Program
Montana’s two-day, youth-only deer hunt is coming up Oct. 19 and 20, and general deer and elk season opens Oct. 21. If you want to expose a young person to hunting and mentor that person through their first hunt, now is a good time to consider signing them up for the Apprentice Hunter program. The youth hunt is a great opportunity for these novice hunters to enjoy a less crowded time in the field. With that, it’s important to note that legal apprentice hunters can hunt throughout the general season.

The Apprentice Hunter law, enacted by the Montana Legislature, allows people ages 10 and older to hunt as apprentices with a mentor for two seasons without completing a Hunter Education course. As of 2017, there is no longer an upper age limit on being an apprentice.
Fish, Wildlife & Parks highly recommends that interested people visit the website at fwp.mt.gov and read the packet on the Apprentice Hunter program before seeking certification. The packet outlines guidelines for both the apprentice and the required mentor, including what apprentices can and cannot do, who can act as a mentor, and how the certification process works. Reading up on it beforehand may prevent possible confusion and save people from making an extra trip.

Some key details to note:
Certification must take place at an FWP office, although the forms can be downloaded ahead of time from the website;
A person must be certified before purchasing appropriate licenses, which will then show apprentice status;
If the mentor is not related to an apprentice who is under the age of 18, a legal guardian’s signature also will be needed, and the parent must provide his or her driver’s license in addition to the mentor’s;
A mentor must present a valid driver’s license or other identification at the time of certification;
There is a $5 fee for certification.
An Apprentice MUST:
Be at least 10 years old at the time of license purchase;
Hunt with a mentor who is at least 21 and one that has completed hunter education if born after Jan. 1, 1985;
Have the appropriate Montana hunting licenses for the species being hunted which indicate that he/she is Apprentice Hunter certified
Stay within sight of the non-hunting mentor at all times

An Apprentice MAY:
Be a resident or nonresident;
Obtain apprentice certification for no more than two license years before he or she must complete a hunter safety and education course.

An Apprentice is NOT ELIGIBLE to:
Obtain a special bow and arrow license without first completing a bowhunter education course;
Obtain a resident hound training license for chasing mountain lion;
Participate in a hunting license or permit drawing with a limited quota;
Obtain any bighorn sheep license;
Obtain an elk license if under 15 years of age.

A Mentor MUST:
Be 21 or older;
Be related to the apprentice by blood, adoption or marriage; or be the apprentice’s legal guardian or be designated by the apprentice’s legal guardian (guardian must complete form and show ID);
Have completed hunter education if born after Jan. 1, 1985;
Have a current Montana hunting license;
Complete the Apprentice Hunter Mentor form;
Agree to accompany and supervise the apprentice hunter and remain within sight of and direct voice contact with the apprentice always while in the field;
Confirm that the apprentice possesses the physical and psychological capacity to safely and ethically engage in hunting activities.
Tuesday, October 17th 2017
JSEC Requests Donations For Scholarship
Dear Area Businesses and Interested Persons,

The Glasgow Job Service Employers’ Committee (JSEC) offers $1,000 in scholarships each year to Valley County students pursuing training immediately after high school. As an effort to improve our work-force, we are asking you to contribute to this scholarship fund.

Students can use the funds toward school related costs for any type of training. This includes short term or long term programs, technical fields, the trades or the arts. Scholarship winners are chosen based on their plans, financial need and determination.

According to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry 2015 Labor Day Report to the Governor, there a more educated workforce will be needed in the next ten years. Education beyond high school typically provides more opportunities for employment as well as increased earning potential.

We hope you will join other employers in the county by donating toward the JSEC Scholarship this year. Our goal is to raise at least $1,000 which would directly fund two or three scholarships.

Contributions can be sent to:
Glasgow JSEC, c/o Stacey Amundson, 319 3rd Street South, Glasgow Montana 59230. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be issued upon request. Please call me with any questions, (406) 228-2476 Ext. 1. Thank you in advance for your support!

Sincerely,


Stacey Amundson
Glasgow JSEC Chair


Job Service Employer Committee Scholarship 2018


____$25 ____$50 ____$100 $________ amount of your choice

Tuesday, October 17th 2017
Interest Free Community Cash Now Available
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is kicking off the 2017 holiday season with its Annual COMMUNITY Cash program.

COMMUNITY Cash Script will be available beginning Tuesday, October 16th, 2017, at First Community Bank in Glasgow/Hinsdale, Valley Bank, and Independence Bank. The purpose of the Community Cash program is to encourage people in our area to Shop Locally. Glasgow has a very good variety of quality products, services, and retail stores to choose from for your shopping needs.

The Chamber is once again trying a “kick-off”. As an incentive, the Chamber will pay the $10 processing fee for all loans written on October 16th, 2017. These are no interest loans and there is a 10 month repayment period starting in January 2018. These loans can be used for lots of merchandise and services in our area and it’s not just for your Christmas shopping. Lobbies at participating banks will be open till 5PM this day.

Individual shoppers may borrow up to $1,000.00 and married shoppers up to $2,000.00 on approved credit. The Community Cash can be used to purchase a variety of goods from toys, tires, gas, appliances, home furnishings or improvements, tools, groceries, clothing gift certificates or meals at the participating Merchants. You must be a Chamber member to accept the cash and participate in this program. You do not, however, need to be a Chamber member to borrow the Community Cash. The last day to purchase the cash is December 29th, 2017, the last day to use it is January 5th, 2018.
A list of all of the participating merchants and promotions will be available at the Chamber office, on the Chamber website, at participating banks and stores. In 2016, 69 business members participated in the program, 123 loans were issued for a total of $121,850.00 dollars Spent Locally! The Chamber encourages residents to buy locally and use the Christmas program.
“BUY LOCALLY AND THE BUCK STAYS HERE”

Tuesday, October 17th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Andrew McKean of Outdoor Life Magazine
Monday, October 16th 2017
Wardens Seeking Information on Multiple Mule Deer Shot with a Shotgun in McCone County
Pictured: This buck was found on Monday, and had traveled a ways from the road before it died.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are seeking any information regarding multiple mule deer killed in McCone County in the evening hours of Sat., Oct. 14. At least eight deer were found, including one fawn still barely alive, that were shot with a shotgun. The deer were found scattered over two miles near road 528 in northern McCone County, on the north end of the Remuda Twitchell BMA, about 10 miles east of Hwy 24.

A local resident reported the dead deer early Sunday morning to the area Block Management Technician Dave Walter, who then contacted local warden Todd Tryan. Tryan spent most of the day Sunday gathering evidence at the crime scene. Four mule deer fawns and two does were found dead. One fawn was found still alive, and had to be dispatched by Tryan. The buck was found on Monday morning, and FWP personnel are still searching for more injured or dead deer.

"I've seen senseless killing before in my 10 years, but this incident ranks right up there among the worst,” said Tryan. "I'm also tired of having to put wounded animals like that fawn out of their misery, all because of blatant disregard for Montana's public resources."

Along road 528 near the incident, 22 spent 12-gauge shells were found, and all were of a load typically used for pheasants.

“This type of cartridge would never be used for big game, so these animals likely suffered considerably,” said Tryan. “With the number of spent shells found, there could very likely be many more deer that were injured or have since died. We are still looking.”

Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call warden Tryan directly at 406-263-0067, or call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

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

“This was a completely senseless and pointless act of killing Montana’s game animals needlessly and illegally,” said Region 6 warden captain Ron Howell. “The individual(s) that did this are poachers. Hunters didn’t do this. We challenge the public to help provide more information on this case and others, so we can hold these individual(s) accountable for their actions.”

Monday, October 16th 2017
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.

Since the start of hunting season, there have been reports of vandalizing of Block Management Area (BMA) boxes, hunters driving off road, illegal trespassing, hunters being shot over, littering, and livestock being shot. 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 this time of year is a very busy time for landowners. Cattle and other livestock are being moved from their 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 here to learn more and complete the program.

Monday, October 16th 2017
Cole Ponds Fishing Access Site Will Have Weapons Restrictions
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks are initiating a weapons restriction at Cole Ponds Fishing Access Site (FAS) northwest of Saco, starting this 2017 hunting season.

Due to concerns of surrounding landowners near the FAS, FWP agreed that rifle hunting could be restricted. The FAS will be open for all hunting, but weapons will be restricted to archery, muzzleloader, shotgun, and traditional handgun only. This is consistent with the weapons restrictions that are found on most of the local Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).

Wednesday, October 11th 2017
Latest On Keystone XL Pipeline
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration says a federal court has no authority to second-guess a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

Justice Department attorneys are due in U.S. District Court in Montana on Wednesday to argue for the dismissal of two lawsuits that challenged the March permit for the 1,179-mile pipeline.

Conservation groups and Native American organizations contend an environmental review of the project completed three years ago was inadequate. They've asked U.S. District Judge Brian Morris to revoke its permit.

But government attorneys say that the courts can't interfere because Trump has Constitutional authority over matters of foreign affairs and national security.

The line proposed by TransCanada would transport Canadian crude through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska. The Obama administration rejected it, but it was revived under Trump.

Wednesday, October 11th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Aero and Farm Bureau
Tuesday, October 10th 2017
Two Rivers Growth Membership Meeting Tonight
Two Rivers Economic Growth invites you to their Annual Membership Tues. Oct. 10th at the Cottonwood Inn & Suites. Social Hour & appetizers with a no-host bar is from 5:30-6:30p.m.

Special Guest will be Tash Wisemiller, Montana Main Street Program Coordinator, from 6:30-7p.m., followed by the annual meeting, election of officers & strategic plan development from 7-8p.m.

We are excited to hear Tash speak on the importance of a vibrant & sustainable downtown & what that means for the economic climate for individuals & business owners. Montana Main Street, to date, has infused more than $55,000 into our community & we are so grateful for this program & we rely on its continued support as we uphold our commitment to making Valley County the best place to live, work & play!

We hope you will join us in welcoming Tash & learning more on how we can mobilize our downtown business district to benefit residents throughout Glasgow, Valley County & all of Northeast Montana!

To RSVP or for more information, please call Two Rivers Economic Growth, 406-263-GROW (4769) or email trg2@nemont.net.

Tuesday, October 10th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Orion Samuelson and Speakers From Northeast Montana Ag Expo
Friday, October 6th 2017
Larry Gilbert Found Not Guilty On 4 Felony Charges But Guilty On 4 Misdemeanor Charges
A Valley County District Court Jury found Valley County resident Larry Gilbert not guilty on four felony charges in a trial that wrapped up on Thursday in Glasgow.

The jury did find Gilbert guilty on four misdemeanor charges.

Gilbert was arrested by the Glasgow Police Department December 27th of 2016 after they responded to an altercation at a residence on the south side of Glasgow. Gilbert allegedly confronted an adult male and threatened him with an assault rifle. An adult female, also at the residence, was allegedly threatened and physically assaulted with the rifle. Gilbert then began to drag the woman with his vehicle, at which time the young adult male fired shots at the vehicle, until the female was freed.

After fleeing the residence, Gilbert was apprehended near the Valley County Courthouse where during the arrest, police discovered a concealed weapon present on him.

Gilbert was found not guilty on the felony charges of assault with a weapon, criminal endangerment, negligent endangerment and criminal mischief. He was found guilty on the misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of dangerous drugs-marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Larry Gilbert remains incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center as his is facing other charges in Valley County.

Thursday, October 5th 2017
FSA Processing CRP And Farm Program Payments
The Valley County Farm Service Agency is now processing CRP and farm program payments. The payment amounts need to be verified prior to being released. They have been getting numerous calls from producers and financial institutions asking about payment amounts. They ask that you do NOT call the office inquiring about payments at this time as it slows the process down for everyone. If by the end of the month you have not received your payment, or you believe it is in error, they will be happy to assist you at that time. They thank you in advance for your cooperation during this busy time.
Thursday, October 5th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Mark Ward of the Montana Outdoor Radio Show
Wednesday, October 4th 2017
Pub Crawl Schedule
GHS Homecoming events include the Pub Crawl, Sat. Oct. 7th, with the Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums performing:
4:30 – 5:15p.m. ~ Sunnyside
5:30 – 6:15 ~ Elks Club
6:30 – 7:15p.m. ~ Busted Knuckle Brewery
7:20 – 8:05p.m. ~ Stockman Bar
8:10 – 8:55p.m. ~ Alley’s Palace
9 – 9:45p.m. ~ Montana Bar
10 – 10:45p.m. ~ Durum Restaurant
11 – End ~ Cottonwood Inn.

All Homecoming events are proudly sponsored by the Glasgow Chamber, Scottie Booster Club, GHS Student Council, Glasgow Kiwanis, Northwestern Energy & the above Pub Crawl Participants.

Wednesday, October 4th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Nemont CEO Mike Kilgore
Wednesday, October 4th 2017
Two Rivers Announces 2017-2018 Annual Membership Meeting
Glasgow, MT October 2, 2017 – Two Rivers Economic Growth invites you to their Annual Membership on Tuesday, October 10th at the Cottonwood Inn & Suites located at 54250 US Hwy 2, Glasgow, MT 59230.
5:30-6:30 pm
Social Hour & Appetizers
No Host Bar

6:30-7:00 pm
Special Guest, Tash Wisemiller
Montana Main Street Program Coordinator
Community Development Division
Montana Department of Commerce

7:00-8:00 pm
Annual Meeting, Election of Officers & Strategic Plan Development

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more about the Montana Main Street Program! We are excited to hear Tash speak on the importance of a vibrant and sustainable downtown and what that means for the economic climate for individuals and business owners. Montana Main Street, to date, has infused more than $55,000 into our community and we are so grateful for this program and we rely on its continued support as we uphold our commitment to making Valley County the best place to live, work and play!

We hope you will join us in welcoming Tash and learning more on how we can mobilize our downtown business district to benefit residents throughout Glasgow, Valley County and all of Northeast Montana!

To RSVP or for more information, please call Two Rivers Economic Growth at 406-263-GROW (4769) or email trg2@nemont.net .

Tuesday, October 3rd 2017
Fundraising And Grant Writing Workshops Set For Next Week
Fundraising & grant writing will be the focus of 2 workshops coming up at the Cottonwood Inn & Suites.

The 1st workshop, “Planning for Fundraising Success,” is slated for 1:30 – 4:30p.m. Wed. Oct. 11th.

The 2nd workshop, “Grant Writing Bootcamp for Nonprofits,” will be held from 9a.m. - 4:30p.m. Thurs. Oct. 12th.

Registration is $125 for the day-long grant workshop & $65 for the half day fundraising workshop with a discount provided for Two Rivers Economic Growth Members.

Visit www.GrowValleyCounty.com or stop by the Two Rivers office at the Glasgow Chamber for registration details. Space is limited so reserve your spot soon.

Tuesday, October 3rd 2017
Public Invited to Sight-in Firearms at the Valley County Rifle and Pistol Club Range on Oct. 14
Local organizations are teaming up to provide a public “sight-in day” at the Valley County Rifle and Pistol Club (VCRPC) shooting range starting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. All hunting-aged folks are welcome, and youth under 18 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult. The event is free of charge.

Members of the VCRPC, Hi-Line Sportsmen, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will be on-hand to offer assistance, advice, and encouragement for both youth and adults to properly and safely sight-in their firearms. FWP will be providing some hearing and eye protection, along with paper targets, but the public is also encouraged to bring their own safety equipment if they desire. No shotguns are allowed at the event.

The Hi-Line Sportsmen will be providing hot dogs, chips and water, with a free-will donation for the meal. Hi-Line Sportsmen will also be selling merchandise. While at the event, folks are encouraged to learn more about both the Hi-Line Sportsmen and the VCRPC, as new members are always welcome.

The location for the sight-in day is at the VCRPC range north of Glasgow: Drive two miles north from Glasgow on Highway 24 North, turn west (left) on Johnson Road, and proceed west 1.5 miles to the club gate. Go through the gate and follow signs for approximately one mile to the range.

If there is suspect weather, and in the event of cancellation, please check either the Region 6 FWP and/or Hi-Line Sportsmen’s Facebook page for updates.

Please call Hi-line Sportsmen President Jennifer Jackson at 406-263-7339 if there are any questions. The public is asked to make sure that all firearms are in good, safe working order, and matched with the correct ammunition that will be used during the hunting season.

Tuesday, October 3rd 2017
Free Youth Outdoor Skills Event Scheduled Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Glasgow Trap Club
Photo tagline: Mike Lackner, a member of the Glasgow Trap Club, advises a young shooter

A free youth outdoor skills event is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Glasgow Trap Club. The event is organized and funded by donations and volunteers from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Hi-Line Sportsmen, Ducks Unlimited, and the Glasgow Trap Club.

Youngsters under age 10 are scheduled from 10-11:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. Parents/guardians need to be on hand to register and sign-in. Youth will be invited to participate in possible activities including archery, binocular use/big game animal ID, pellet gun shooting, and the Laser Shot shooting simulation.

Youth ages 10-18 are scheduled from 1-3 p.m., with registration beginning at 12:00 p.m. For participants under age 18, parents/guardians need to be on hand to register and sign. The second session will include shooting shotguns, archery, big-game shot selection, and the Laser Shot shooting simulation.

Between the two sessions, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., youth will be invited to enjoy lunch provided by organizers.

Safety is the number one priority, and several qualified instructors will be located at all stations. Shooting glasses and/or hearing protection will be used for appropriate stations, and safe gun handling and archery use will be the first requirement of all participants.

Shotguns, pellet guns, ammunition, targets, binoculars, and archery equipment will be loaned at no cost for the duration of the event. Participants between ages 10 and 18 may bring their own shotguns, ammunition, and archery equipment if they choose. Organizers ask that personal firearms and archery equipment are unloaded and in safe, operating condition before bringing them to the event. Please bring correct ammunition (target load) for shotguns. No broadheads are allowed if bringing personal archery equipment, only field tips, and we encourage participants to mark their arrows for easy identification. All firearms and archery equipment will be inspected by organizers to ensure its field-worthiness.

Some activities may or may not take place due to weather, and in the event of cancellation, please check either the Region 6 FWP and/or Hi-Line Sportsmen’s Facebook page for updates.

The Glasgow Trap Club is located off Skylark Road, north of Glasgow. After turning onto Skylark Road from Highway 2, veer right after a tenth of a mile, and then veer left. Follow the gravel road another two-tenths of a mile until arriving at the Trap Club on the right. Parents are asked to stay, especially with the younger kids. Please contact Marc Kloker at FWP with any questions at 406-228-3704.

Monday, October 2nd 2017
Jay Witkowski Sentenced To 80-Year Prison Term In Death Of Evenlynn Garcia
District Court Judge Yvonne Laird sentenced Jay Witkowski to 80 years of incarceration for his role in the death of Glasgow resident Evenlynn Garcia.

Evenlynn Garcia was stabbed and run over by Witkowski on December 31st near Glasgow. Witkowski is accused of repeatedly stabbing Garcia and beating her in the back of the head with a tire iron before pushing her out of a moving vehicle and running her over.

Garcia was found lying in the middle of a road covered in blood and was taken to the Glasgow hospital before being flown to Billings for additional treatment. She died 3 days later.

Witkowski had agreed to a plea agreement and appeared in court with his 2 attorneys, Clark Mathews and Terry Toavs.

After nearly 3.5 hours of testimony and presentations Judge Laird sentenced Jay Witkowski.

Judge Laird followed the terms of the plea agreement and sentenced Witkowski to 70 years on the charge of deliberate homicide and another 10 years for using a dangerous weapon.

Judge Laird did allow Witkowski to be eligible for parole if he followed several conditions including completing a chemical dependency treatment program.

The 70 year sentence and 10 year sentence are to be served consecutively, meaning that he could conceivably serve 80 years in prison if he does not get parole status.

Witkowski has a long criminal history including 28 misdemeanor convictions and 1 felony drug conviction.

He was turned over to the Valley County Sheriff's Office and will be then turned over to the Montana State Department of Corrections.

Witkowski will be credited with 275 days that he served in the Valley County Detention Center.

Friday, September 29th 2017
Cooler, Wet Weather Approaching This Weekend
(From the National Weather Service Glasgow office)
The recent warm and dry weather will come to a sudden end Saturday Night when a cold front moves through Eastern Montana. Highs mainly in the 70s today and Saturday will cool to the 50s on Sunday and 40s on Monday and Tuesday. Lows will be in the 30s starting Sunday Night for several nights.

A deep slow moving upper level trough will move into Montana on Sunday and could remain over the area for several days. Confidence is high on the Sunday arrival but there are model forecast differences on how long it will stay over the area. At this point, it looks like the trough could be in the area through Wednesday.

Rain showers are likely Saturday Night and Sunday with the cold front. On and off rain showers possibly snow showers if temperatures are cold enough can be expected between Sunday Night and Wednesday. The most frequent rains are expected to be north of the Missouri River. While rain totals could exceed an inch north of the Missouri River, areas south of MT 200 may only see a quarter to half inch. Rainfall total forecast are likely to change.

If any snow does occur, it will be wet and slushy. There is a chance of accumulations in some higher elevations Monday Night like the Opheim area and the Little Rockies near Zortman but it is too early to tell how much snow could fall.

Thursday, September 28th 2017
Inaugural Northeast Montana Ag Expo And Night of Honors Is October 13th
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture cordially invites you to be part of history at the inaugural Northeast Montana Ag Expo and Night of Honors on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Valley Event Center. A two-fold event, the Expo is a combination of the longstanding “New Trends in Agriculture” day-long agricultural seminar and the “Ag Appreciation Dinner/Night of Honors” held for the first time in 2016.

This is a community event and we are encouraging any local organizations/groups to contact the Chamber if you are interested in presenting an award of any kind. We will be awarding our 2017 Trend Setter Award and the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year award. We are also looking for your help in determining our community volunteer of the year. Please contact our office at 406-228-2222 to recommend a volunteer or for more information.

We hope you can join us for a night of fun and fellowship.

Thursday, September 28th 2017
Wardens Seeking Information on Dead Whitetail Buck in McCone County
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are seeking any information regarding a 5X5 whitetail buck that was found dead about 75 yards off Cow Creek Road south of Vida in McCone County. The deer was found by a hunter on Sept. 23.

Anyone with information about this deer is encouraged to call R6 Warden Captain Ron Howell at 406-228-3718 or call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

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

Thursday, September 28th 2017
Paving Project Occurring At Duck Creek Fishing Access Site Forces Boat Ramp To Close
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Duck Creek Fishing Access Site (FAS) boat ramp will be closed, starting this week, until further notice. The FAS, which is near Fort Peck at the Duck Creek Recreation Area will remain open to foot traffic.

Contractors will begin by moving dirt and gravel in preparation to widen and pave the parking area near the boat ramp. With the salmon snagging season opening on Oct. 1, and the Duck Creek FAS being a popular fishing site for snagging, FWP asks that anglers use caution around the construction equipment and personnel. In addition, anglers need to please pack-in and pack-out all items and trash.

Please contact the Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow at 406-228-3700 with any questions.

Wednesday, September 27th 2017
FWP Properties In Phillips And Valley County No Longer Have Fire Restrictions
Following county officials’ recommendations, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and other properties in Phillips and Valley counties will no longer have any fire restrictions. Where normally allowed, campfires will again be permissible.

As of press time, FWP properties in the following counties in Region 6 are still in Stage 1 restrictions: Hill, Blaine, Garfield, Richland, Roosevelt, and Sheridan. Daniels county remains in a burn ban.

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 27th 2017
Wardens Seeking Information On Vandalism At Block Management Box In Blaine County
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are seeking any information regarding a block management area (BMA) sign-in box that was vandalized in Blaine County. The incident occurred sometime around the weekend of Sept. 15 at the Halseth BMA box located on Barney Olson road about six miles south of Chinook. The sign-in box and signs were shot repeatedly with a 12-gauge shotgun.

“Things like this vandalism are sad to see,” said Dirk Paulsen, Region 6 investigator. “It is a waste of sportsman’s dollars to both clean up and repair this mess, and it sends a poor message for the future of hunter access and the block management program.”

Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call Paulsen at 406-230-2277 or call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

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

Tuesday, September 26th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Northeastern Arts Network and Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Foundation
Friday, September 22nd 2017
U.S. Senator Jon Tester successfully defended Montanans from Verizon's attempt to terminate contracts
(Bozeman, Mont.)-U.S. Senator Jon Tester has successfully defended Montanans from Verizon's attempt to terminate contracts.

Tester demanded answers from Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam last week and pushed the telecommunications company to reverse its decision to eliminate contracts and remove rural customers from its network. Verizon responded to Tester's demands today and announced that the company will continue to serve Montanans and will not terminate the service of rural customers.

"Wireless communication is critical for Montana families, businesses, and emergency first responders," Tester said. "I am pleased with Verizon's decision to uphold its commitment to our state, if any Verizon customers have continued concerns, please contact my office. I will continue to defend Montanans from harmful actions that undermine our quality of life."

Tester received his assurances from Verizon earlier today that no Montanans will be involuntarily removed from their contract.

Thursday, September 21st 2017
Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors Releases Statement Regarding Bus Accident
Today, our eighth graders were going to Havre for their annual field trip. Our third bus, our handicapped bus, was struck head on by a vehicle that crossed into our lane. Unfortunately, our bus driver, Jim Belcher and the driver of the other car died at the scene. Jim was a long time activity driver for our district and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both driver’s families.

We had four students and a chaperone sent to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow for non-life threatening injuries. Upon further examination, one of our students was flown to Billings to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries. All students and our chaperone are doing well.

I was really impressed with our first responders at the accident site; the Glasgow and Long Run Fire Departments, the EMTs, Sheriff, Glasgow Police, Highway Patrol. Their preparation and professionalism was amazing.

Our hospital is second to none. When I arrived, again I was impressed with our community. Of course the people on call were there, but some who were not supposed to be there showed up to make sure all of their bases were covered. CEO Randy Holom came down to see if we needed anything. First class operation.

I am very proud of our school staff. They have risen to the challenge in this unfortunate situation. They have supported our kids and have helped their peers deal with their emotional day.

We are a small, very connected community, therefore, we will have all of our school counselors available for student and staff support. If you have any questions please contact your child’s support.

Thursday, September 21st 2017
Solid Finances Starts September 27
Registration if free. If you haven't registered yet, follow the links below to register.

Please join the Solid Finances webinar series this year. We have made some changes to improve the series. This year will feature presenters from North Dakota State University Extension Service, Kansas State University Research and Extension, University of Idaho Extension and Montana State University Extension. This multi-state format will bring new expertise to the series to better serve you.

The 2017-2018 Solid Finances schedule will consist of 17 sessions, with the first session on September 27th. Solid Finances will feature 8 different presenters sharing their expertise and answering your questions.

Joel Schumacher (MSU Extension) will open the series on September 27th by addressing When is Insurance Important?. Elizabeth Kiss (K-State Research and Extension) will lead the next session on Health Insurance from a Financial Perspective. Deb Wood (K-State) and Carrie Johnson (NDSU Extension) will lead sessions 3 and 4.

Complete Schedule

If you would like to participate in the 2017-2018 series, you will need to register:
If you are using the same email address with which you registered last year; please register here.

If you are registering with a different email address; please register here.
There is no cost to participate in the Solid Finances program, however registration is required.

We record all of the sessions in the webinar series. Recordings of past sessions are available for viewing here.

Here are few participants’ comments about last year’s program:
I find the webinars to be a great resource. Please continue them!
I enjoyed learning…from the webinars.
Because of Solid Finances…I got organized with my retirement accounts.
Completing the FAFSA was much easier because of the webinar.
I hope you will participate in this year’s Solid Finances series.

Thursday, September 21st 2017
Live Under the Big Sky focuses on leadership with students from GHS and a Leadership Montana Event in Miles City
Wednesday, September 20th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky Features Nashua School Superintendent Bill Colter for the first half of the program and Denise Herman and Sheila Doll of Hi-Line Home Programs for the second half.
Wednesday, September 20th 2017
Live Under the Big Sky features Tim Volk and Del Hansen from the Valley Event Center
Tuesday, September 19th 2017
Glasgow School District Bus Involved In Accident Tuesday Morning
Two people were killed and children were injured in a head on crash near Glasgow on Tuesday morning that involved a Glasgow school bus and a pickup.

The accident was called in at 6:40am Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway #2 west of Glasgow.

A handicap accessible school bus was headed west on Highway #2 when it collided with a east bound pickup.

The Montana Highway Patrol is stating that a female driver of the pickup completely crossed the center line and struck the westbound school bus head-on.

The MHP is stating that there were 3-4 students riding in the bus.

The children riding in the bus suffered injuries and were transported to the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital for treatment of injuries.

The driver of the bus and the driver of the pickup were killed and were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Valley County Sheriff Vernon Buerkle has reported to KLTZ/KLAN that the driver of the east-bound pickup was Julie Steiger, age 31 of Troy, MT. Jim Belcher, age 73, of Fort Peck, MT was driving the bus.

The MHP said the driver of the pickup is from northwest Montana and the driver of the bus is from the Glasgow area.

The handicapped accessible bus and 2 Scottie Cruisers were headed to Havre for an 8th grade field trip when the accident occurred. The 2 Scottie Cruisers were turned around and came back to Glasgow after the accident.

Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors said remaining activities for the Glasgow School District will go on as scheduled including the Scottie Volleyball team traveling to Sidney and the Cross Country team competing in Frazer.


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