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Latest Local News
Tuesday, May 24th 2016
Valley County Commissioner Paul Tweten Explains 10-Mill Levy For Crushing Gravel
Monday, May 23rd 2016
Stan Ozark Interviews GOP Candidate For House District #33, Michael Burns
Monday, May 23rd 2016
Reminder of Adult Hunter Education Class Offered in Glasgow
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold an adult hunter education field course from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. This is the last hunter education course that will be held before the June 1 application deadline for deer, elk, and antelope.

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

To register and learn more about the hunter education classes offered, please go to the FWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov and look under the “Education” tab. Please make sure to print out all required files, and sign all necessary forms.

If there are any questions, please call class coordinator Marc Kloker at 406-480-9234.

Friday, May 20th 2016
GOP Candidate For Montana House District #33, Casey Knudsen, Sat Down With Stan Ozark and Talked About His Candidacy.
Wednesday, May 18th 2016
Early Voting Office Set To Open In Frazer On Thursday
Helena, MT— Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch today announced the establishment of numerous additional early voting offices on Montana’s American Indian reservations for the upcoming 2016 elections, bringing the total number of locations to thirteen. They will be located across nine counties and will serve six Tribal Nations, and will be providing early voting and late registration on select days in the month leading up to election day.

The creation of these offices--often called “satellite offices” because they are an extension of the central county election office--follows upon a directive issued by Secretary McCulloch in October of 2015.

Although election day polling locations have long existed to serve American Indians, satellite offices allow for late registration and early voting in the month preceding the election day. McCulloch noted that in the absence of such offices, an American Indian might otherwise need to make a long and potentially costly trip to the county headquarters.

“For many rural and low income Tribal members, the distance for such a visit can be expensive and a serious burden,” McCulloch said. “These voting offices help solve this problem. With them, Montana has become a leader, nationally, in providing access to the ballot for American Indians in areas where expanded access was requested and deemed necessary. I’m committed to ensuring there are no barriers to the elections process for any Montanan, and I applaud each of Montana’s county election administrators for the work they do to keep our elections secure, accurate and accessible to all voters.”

Valley County will open an early voting office in Frazer at the Frazer Senior Citizen Center. The office will be open on May 19th, May 26th, and June 2nd. The hours will be from 9am to 3pm each of those days.

Tuesday, May 17th 2016
Miss Montana & Outstanding Teen Competition, June 9-11 in Glendive
Who will be crowned Miss Montana 2016 taking over for the reigning Miss Montana Danielle Wineman of Cut Bank who has shared her anti-bullying message with over 36,000 youth throughout the state? The 67st annual Miss MT Scholarship Pageant is June 9-11 in Glendive in conjunction with Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen competition for 13-17 year olds.

Preliminary competition with 11 Miss MT contestants and 10 outstanding teens begins Thursday June 9 at 7PM at the DCHS 1000-seat auditorium in Glendive.  Friday at 1PM the Glendive Chamber sponsors the “Show Us Your Shoes” parade followed by an ice cream social featuring Montana’s Wilcoxson’s ice cream supplied by Cross Petroleum.  Friday night viewers will see the other half of the contestants perform talent and one of the top five teens crowned Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen.  The evening of celebration continues at the Eastern Plains Event Center for the Gala and coronation reception for the outstanding teen.

Saturday at 1PM the public is invited to the Royal Tea at the EPEC, emceed by Miss Montana 2015 Danielle Wineman.  The princesses, age 6-9, sit with their “big sister” Miss Montana or Outstanding Teen contestant and enjoy entertainment and refreshments.  Cost is $5 for youth, $8 for adults at the EPEC. 

Saturday night at 7PM the top contestants compete in evening gown, fitness, talent and on stage question and the judges select the top five. The newly crowned Miss Montana 2016 will go on to compete for Miss America and represent Montana throughout the coming year.
Miss Montana contestants are:

Jessica Criss from Bozeman; Karalie Magnus, Missoula; Samantha Yates, Great Falls; Sierra Crandell, Kalispell; Abigail Helland, Glasgow; Alara Vogel, Havre; Julie Theis, Sidney; Alysse Charlesworth, Glendive; Toby Jeanne Almy, Miles City and Lauren Scofield, Havre.
Outstanding Teen Class of 2016

Alexa Baisch of Glendive; Caroline Carey, Helena; Emily Kuehn, Glendive; Vanessa Van Vleet, Wibaux; Audrey Miller, Bozeman; Mary Elizabeth Royce, Corvallis; Sami Beeler, Glendive; Quinn Motichka, Polson; Faith Johnson, Helena and Abby Hill of Glendive.

Tickets are $15 Thursday, $20 Friday, $25 Saturday or $50 for all three nights. Reserved patron seating is $60 or $5 more nightly. Tickets are available soon at the Farm to Table Store in the EPEC, 313 S. Merrill in Glendive or online at http://www.missmontana.com

Monday, May 16th 2016
Fort Peck Summer Theatre Preps For Electrifying 2016 Season
Fort Peck Summer Theatre is eager to mount 5 exciting shows for the 2016, as well as host the Annual Performing Arts Camp, Dam Cabaret and introduce a new Theatre for a Young Audience series.

Artistic Director Andy Meyers returns for his 6th season. In the off-season, Meyers was presented the Broadway World Phoenix Award for Best Director of a Musical, for his work on The King and I at Arizona Broadway Theatre.

Meyers and the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council are thrilled to welcome the 2016 company that is very balanced mix of returning favorites and new exciting talent.

2016 SEASON:

Run Dates: June 3 – June 12
Director: Andy Meyers 

FPST alum Daniel Crary returns to star opposite his real-life wife Courtney in this 2 person musical that follows the excitement, learning-curves and turns of a young marriage. The exciting twist: known for its soaring music, this creative script tells the groom's story in chronological order, while the bride’s story is told in reverse.  Plus, composer Jason Robert Brown is consistently one of the most requested after the Annual DAM Cabaret!
Run Dates: June 17 – July 3
Director: Pam L. Veis
Musical Director: Lizzie Hatfield
FPST is honored to welcome James Rio, whose credits include international productions of The Phantom of the Opera, to star as Don Quixote. This Tony Award and Oscar nominated musical, follows the epic and timeless adventures of unlikely hero Quixote, as he searches for glory, love and victory. The score features “The Impossible Dream”, which is arguably the most cherished s song ever written. Audience favorite Pam L. Veis switches to the opposite side of the footlights in her FPST directorial debut.
MY WAY: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Run Dates: July 8 – July 24
Directors: Andy Meyers & Megan Wiltshire
Musical Director: Luree Green-Chappell
The music of ‘Old Blue Eyes’ will fill the air in this celebration of Sinatra’s iconic classics. Don’t miss a one-of-a-kind theatrical evening that will transport audiences to a swingin’ speakeasy lounge, complete with onstage seating, a dance-inducing band and functioning bar!
Run Dates: July 29 – August 14
Director & Choreographer: Heather Adams 
A perfect evening for the entire family, the world’s most famous nanny flies into town, as only Fort Peck Summer Theatre can do it. Loaded with tap-dancing, magic and special effects, get ready to hum along to all your favorite tunes, as Disney’s classic film comes alive on stage for the first time at FPST!
Run Dates: August 19 – September 4
Director: Andy Meyers 
Something new to the Fort Peck Theatre Stage: A Thriller! Recently turned into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe, two men enter a theatre with hopes of finding the identity of a mysterious Woman in Black. Often times very funny, (with lots of suspense but no gore), this play is sure to induce a few goosebumps, but no nightmares!


Performance times are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm.

For individual tickets or reservations, the Fort Peck Summer Theatre Box Office at (406) 526-9943 will open at the top of the season.

Monday, May 16th 2016
Glasgow Woman Named As Co-Chair Of Greg Gianforte's Women's Coalition
Bozeman businessman and tech entrepreneur Greg Gianforte and his running mate, Phillips County rancher Lesley Robinson, launched a women’s coalition, Women for Gianforte/Robinson on May 12th.

Led by Robinson, Women for Gianforte/Robinson encourages women to serve as leaders and effective voices for their communities. Co-chairs of the coalition include: Susan Gianforte, Anne Meree Craig (Commit Foundation), Sarah Swanson Partridge (Farm Equipment Services), Ashley Dennehy (Colstrip United), and Betti Hill (RNC National Committee Woman).

ROBINSON: “We’re honored to join together with strong, talented women across Montana who are eager for new leadership in Helena. We’re running to bring Montana up from 49th in wages, and bring our kids home. We’re grateful to have these capable women support our campaign.”

Robinson has served for 11 years as a Commissioner for Phillips County, gaining national attention for her leadership. She has served as Western Region representative on the NACo executive board, President of the Western Interstate Region Board, and currently serves as vice-chair of the NACo Public Lands Committee. At the age of 30, Robinson was elected to serve on the board for the Montana Stockgrowers Association.

Recognized as one of Eastern Montana’s greatest advocates, Robinson plans to build a bridge between rural Montana and state government if elected Lieutenant Governor.

Dozens have already joined Women for Gianforte/Robinson, and those still interested in doing so can visit www.gregformontana.com.

Monday, May 16th 2016
Fort Peck Reservoir Walleye Spawn Egg-take Effort A Success
Pictured: Volunteer Cooper Axtman with a nice walleye

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks annual walleye spawn egg-take on Fort Peck Reservoir was completed in April. With the help of FWP personnel and the many volunteers, the egg collection goals were exceeded. The egg-take effort began in late March, and was completed by the 21st of April.
A total of 552 female walleye were spawned, with approximately 79 million eggs collected, and 1,674 males were captured during the effort as well. The heaviest walleye weighed was a female at 15.7 pounds. Another female captured measured only 29.6 inches, but weighed 14.4 pounds.
“The condition of some of the larger walleye was very impressive this spring,” said Fort Peck Reservoir Biologist and project-lead Heath Headley. “This is likely due to the high numbers of cisco, an important forage species, which we’ve had over the last couple of years. This abundance of food led to good growth and excellent egg production.”

Roughly 39 million eggs remained at the Fort Peck Multi-Species Fish Hatchery, which in turn raised approximately 19.5 fry. “Eight to ten million fry will be put into Fort Peck Hatchery ponds to raise to fingerlings,” said Wade Geraets, Fort Peck Fish Hatchery manager. “The rest of the fry will be stocked into Fort Peck Reservoir and other allocated bodies of water around the state.”

The other 40 million eggs headed to the Miles City Hatchery, where approximately 8.1 million fry were stocked into hatchery ponds and 8.7 million fry were stocked into Fort Peck Reservoir at Hell Creek.

Overall, the weather was quite favorable to the walleye spawning efforts. “Although there were a few cold fronts that passed through, water temperatures remained in the upper 40’s, which is near the ideal spawning temperature for walleye.” said Headley.

During egg-take efforts in the past, some cold fronts have been more severe and longer lasting. “Some years we’ve observed water surface temperatures decrease from the upper 40’s to the upper 30’s and remain that way for several days,” said Headley. “Not only did this cause walleye to quit cruising the shallow shorelines where trap nets were located, but it also prevented any green female walleye we captured from ripening up or releasing their eggs. During those poor years, only 38-48 million eggs were collected.”

Volunteers, Headley says, were key to the operation. Over 104 individual volunteers, from all over the state of Montana, assisted with this season’s effort. “We wouldn’t be able to set all the trap nets, collect fish, and spawn them on a daily basis unless we had help,” he explained. “Volunteers are the main reason this has been so successful over the years. It’s always great to see new and familiar faces during the walleye egg-taking effort, discuss the Fort Peck fishery, and see some truly remarkable fish.”

In addition to walleye eggs, roughly 2.5 million northern pike eggs were collected early in the effort. One hundred thousand northern pike fry were put into a Fort Peck hatchery pond, and the remaining fry were stocked into allocated ponds in Regions 6 and 7.

Saturday, May 14th 2016
Stan Ozark Appointed By Governor Steve Bullock To Montana Heritage Preservation and Development Commission
Governor Steve Bullock today announced the following appointments.

Montana Agriculture Development Council

• Greg Jergeson, Chinook. Qualification: Public representative who is or was actively engaged in agriculture. Jergeson is a former State Legislator and member of the Public Service Commission.

• Amy Kellogg, Kalispell. Qualification: Public representative who is or was actively engaged in agriculture. Kellogg is the co-owner of Vassallo Foods.

State Electrical Board

• Dawn Achten, Billings. Qualification: Member representing the public. Achten is with Continentail Owner Operators Ltd, and a former school board member.

Montana Heritage Preservation and Development Commission

• Shera Konen, Ennis. Qualification: Broad experience in business. Konen is the Casting Director/Talent Manager at Warm Springs Productions.

• Philip Maechling, Florence. Qualification: Experience in community planning. Maechling is an independent contractor in historic and cultural resource preservation, landscape and community planning, public process and problem solving and photography.

• Stan Ozark, Glasgow. Qualification: Public at-large. Ozark is the News and Sports Director/Account Executive for KLTZ-KLAN in Glasgow, and a City Councilman.

• Marilyn Ross, Twin Bridges. Qualification: Experience in historic preservation. Ross is a retired County Commissioner and served as Chair of the Butte Public Archives for 20 years.

State Library Commission

• Bruce Newell, Helena. Qualification: Public representative. Newell is retired after serving as the Director of the Montana Library Network and a Public and Network Services Librarian for the Lewis and Clark Library.

Board of Optometry

• Dr. Randall Hoch, Lewistown. Qualification: Registered optometrist. Hoch is an optometrist at Eye Care Associates of Lewistown, P.C.

Board of Radiologic Technologists

• Mike Nielsen, Billings. Qualification: Radiologic assistant or radiology practitioner assistant. Nielsen is a Radiologic Assistant/Radiology Practitioner Assistant at Billings Clinic.

Board of Sanitarians

• Stephanie Ler, Sidney. Qualification: Registered sanitarian. Ler is the Environmental Health Director for the Richland County Health Department.

Friday, May 13th 2016
Montana Hunter and Bowhunter Education Instructors Needed in Region 6
Volunteer instructors are being sought for the Hunter and Bowhunter Education programs in Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6, which includes the counties of Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels, McCone, Sheridan, and Roosevelt counties. In particular, more instructors are needed in the Culbertson, Bainville, Froid, Medicine Lake, and Plentywood areas.

Hunter and Bowhunter education are state mandated courses, which are taught by dedicated volunteers. Region 6 is in need of recruiting more of these dedicated men and women to continue to serve the Region 6 area. Anyone who is at least twelve-years old is eligible to apply.

The heart of Montana’s Hunter and Bowhunter Education programs is the group of dedicated volunteer instructors. They stand as examples of how each hunter should demonstrate safety, ethics, behavior, and responsibility to not only themselves, but also to landowners, other hunters, and the resource.

These instructors choose to honor Montana’s hunting heritage and “Pass it On!” by sharing their skills, experiences and their love of hunting and Montana’s vast resources with those new to hunting and outdoor adventure.

If you are interested in the future of hunting, in improving sportsmanship and safety in the field, or teaching an appreciation for the vast hunting resources in Montana, then we need you to join us and “Pass it On!”

For information on becoming a Hunter or Bowhunter education instructor, please call Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager, at 406-228-3704, or visit the FWP web site at http://www.fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/instructors/ to learn more and apply.

Friday, May 13th 2016
Valley County To Provide Satellite Voting Office In Frazer
The Valley County Commissioners have announced that Valley County will be opening a satellite voting office in Frazer starting May 19th and running each Thursday through the Montana Primary Election on June 7th.

Valley County Commissioner Bruce Peterson noted that the tentative office hours for the office will from 9am to 3pm on May 19th, May 26th and June 2nd. The satellite office will be located at the Frazer Senior Citizens Center.

The Fort Peck Tribes will provide the location of the office and also provide internet service.

The satellite office will provide an opportunity for voters in the Frazer Precinct to register to vote and actually cast their vote in the Primary Election. The services provided at the satellite office will be the same services provided at the Clerk and Recorders Office in the Valley County Courthouse.

Friday, May 13th 2016
Flooding Continues On Milk River In Glasgow And Beaver Creek Near Hinsdale
The flood warning continues for the following rivers in Montana...

Beaver Creek near Hinsdale affecting Valley County
...The flood warning continues for the following rivers in Montana..
Milk River at Glasgow affecting Valley County

.Most rivers and creeks in the Milk River basin have crested or are
cresting today with the exception of rising water still in the Saco area.
Some dirt and gravel roads in lower lying areas west and south of the
Milk River remain under water.



Avoid travelling on flooded roads. Washouts may be hidden under the

Stay tuned to developments by listening to NOAA Weather radio.

The latest states and forecasts for rivers and streams can be found
at our web page...
water.weather.g o v

For Additional Flooding Pictures Visit The Kltz Facebook Page

The Flood Warning continues for
The Beaver Creek near Hinsdale.
* until Sunday afternoon.
* at 8:30 AM Friday the stage was 16.6 feet.
* Flood stage is 14.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...the river will continue to fall to below flood stage by
tomorrow early afternoon.

The Flood Warning continues for
The Milk River AT Glasgow.
* until Sunday morning.
* at 7:30 AM Friday the stage was 25.6 feet.
* Flood stage is 25.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...after leveling off today, the river will continue
to fall to below flood stage by tomorrow morning.

Friday, May 13th 2016
Absentee Ballots Mailed Today For June Primary Election
HELENA – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch announced that counties will be mailing 232,731 ballots to identified absentee voters today, May 13th.

“Voting by absentee ballot is convenient and as secure as voting at the polling place,” Secretary McCulloch said. “It’s no surprise that an increasing number of Montanans are choosing to vote this way. And, even though ballots go out to electors on the absentee list today, you can still apply for an absentee ballot anytime up until noon the day before the election.” McCulloch reminds voters that unlike ballots for the May school elections, which are conducted by mail only, ballots for the Primary are mailed out to voters who have confirmed their mailing address in 2016. If you did not respond to the confirmation mailing sent by your county election administrator, it’s not too late. You can confirm anytime, or can just reapply to be on the absentee list.

McCulloch also reminds absentee voters that although ballots from each party will be mailed to them, they can only vote one party’s ballot for the primary, and clarifies that Presidential candidates who announced they were suspending their campaign, but did not withdraw from our ballot will remain on the ballot and votes cast for those candidates will be counted.

The 232,731 absentee ballots being mailed to voters across Montana will reach nearly 36% of the state’s 645,408 current registered voters.

“It’s important to vote using the method that is right for you,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Whether you vote by absentee ballot or head to the polls on Election Day, you can be confident that your vote counts. Montana has some of the best run and most secure elections in the nation.”

Montanans can check their voter registration status using the Secretary of State’s online elections tool and app, “My Voter Page.” Registered voters can also view a precinct-specific sample ballot for the June 7th Primary Election, find the location of their polling place, and track the status of their absentee ballot once one has been issued.

“If you love the convenience of voting by absentee ballot, but miss getting an “I Voted” sticker, we have you covered,” Secretary McCulloch said. “You can now access a digital “I Voted” sticker from our homepage, and share it on Facebook, Twitter or your website.”

For more information about Primary election information and reminders or for the digital “I Voted” sticker visit: sos.mt.gov.

*Absentee ballots were sent to qualified military and overseas citizen voters on April 22.The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) created special provisions for members of the armed forces and overseas U.S. citizens to register and vote while absent from their Montana voting residence. Voters qualified under UOCAVA can now register and vote using the Electronic Absentee System (EAS), which can be accessed online at sos.mt.gov/Elections.

Thursday, May 12th 2016
Glasgow Kiwanis Club Presents Bug Awards To Glasgow 4th Graders
Glasgow Kiwanis Club members Dr. Charles Wilson and Stan Ozark presented Bring Up Grades (BUG) Awards to Glasgow Irle School 4th Graders on Wednesday.

The BUG Awards are given to students who raise their grades from one academic quarter to the next. These students increased their grades from the 2nd quarter to the 3rd quarter.

The students received a certificate and a gift card from Flip Burgers and Treats courtesy of the Glasgow Kiwanis Club.

Thursday, May 12th 2016
Glasgow Kiwanis Club Presents BUG Awards To Glasgow 5th Graders
Glasgow Kiwanis Club members Dr. Charles Wilson and Stan Ozark presented Bring Up Grades (BUG) Awards to Glasgow Irle School 5th Graders on Wednesday.

The BUG Awards are given to students who raise their grades from one academic quarter to the next. These students increased their grades from the 2nd quarter to the 3rd quarter.

The students received a certificate and a gift card from Flip Burgers and Treats courtesy of the Glasgow Kiwanis Club.

Thursday, May 12th 2016
Montana Missouri River Country Tourism Update
The economic impact of tourism to the state is growing. Tourism is one of Montana’s leading industries with more than 11 million non-resident visitors in 2014 and supporting over 38,000 jobs, up 15% over 2013. These non-resident visitors spent $3.98 billion and generated $276 million in state and local taxes, which lowered taxes on each Montana household by over $650.

Since 2010 annual nonresident spending has increased by over 52%. Businesses in Northeast Montana can benefit from these non-resident travelers.

Missouri River Country assists in bringing visitors to Northeast Montana by marketing our area as a destination for the outdoor adventurist, geotourist, history buffs, Native American Culturists, Dinosaur Trail followers, hunters, fishermen, and women and the overall recreationists. One of our marketing methods is to attend trade shows. We distribute information at these shows and assist attendees to plan a vacation or hunting or fishing trip to our northeast corner of the state. In January we exhibited in San Diego, CA at the Travel and Adventure show. March was a busy month with Missouri River Country exhibiting in Philadelphia, PA and Williston, ND. These shows have produced leads to bring visitors to our area.

Missouri River Country is Montana’s northeastern tourism region. It covers Garfield, McCone, Phillips, Valley, Sheridan, Daniels, Richland and Roosevelt Counties along with the Fort Peck Reservation. A Board of Directors appointed by their respective County Commissioners manages the organization.

For more information on Missouri River Country, please contact the office at 1-800-653-1319 or to sign up to receive our free Missouri River Country Travel Guide, or our quarterly newsletter visit our website at http://www.missouririver.visitmt.com or contact the Missouri River Country tourism office, 1-800-653-1319 or write to P.O. Box 118, Fort Peck, MT 59223. Also, like us on Face Book, and follow us on Instagram

Tuesday, May 10th 2016
JSEC Awards Local Scholarships
The Glasgow Job Service Employers’ Committee (JSEC) awarded four scholarships to Valley County high school seniors who are continuing their education after graduation. Senior students Logan Gunderson (Glasgow), Mary Fewer (Glasgow), Delaney Beil (Hinsdale), and Chloe Koessl (Nashua) received scholarships to use toward college expenses. Eight students competed for the scholarship money. Final awards were based on a panel interview in which students described their plans to meet their educational and occupational goals.

Funding was provided by Valley County employers who share the JSEC’s desire to improve our future workforce by encouraging youth to continue their education. Stacey Amundson, JSEC Chair, said that employers donated $1,200 this year, all of which was distributed to the students.

Each of the students demonstrated high aspirations. Three intend to pursue careers in health care, which Amundson said is expected to have high demand for employment as the Baby-Boomer generation ages. Logan Gunderson and Chloe Koessl plan to attend Montana State University to pursue careers as medical doctors. Delaney Beil has accepted an offer to attend Great Falls College MSU to study nursing. Mary Fewer intends to study finance at University of Montana with her intention to one day direct political campaigns.

Amundson said eighteen businesses generously contributed to the scholarship this year. This is nearly twice as many as previous years. She said this may be a reflection of the frustration employers are feeling in finding dependable workers who show up on time, offer excellent customer service and work hard while on the clock. JSEC Coordinator Sue Dalbey for the Glasgow Job Service office confirmed, “Projections show a real shortage in workers over the next 10 years. Hiring challenges will likely continue. Montana’s two year colleges and apprenticeship programs are working hard to improve on-line and certificate programs that offer more realistic training opportunities for rural residents. In the long run, this should help our local employers find skilled workers who love living in Eastern Montana.”

The following businesses contributed to the scholarship this year: KLTZ/KLAN, Pink Hammer Construction, D&G Sports and Western, Fort Peck Community Credit Union, Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, First Community Bank, Prairie Ridge Village, City of Glasgow, MARCO, Eugenes Pizza Inc, Valley View Home, Fossum Ready Mix, Taco Shack, Rae Cox (Sam’s), Dirk Markle (Ace), Glasgow Automobile & Implement Dealers, Helland Agency, United Insurance, Cottonwood Inn & Suites, First Lutheran Youth Fund.

The JSEC meets monthly at the Glasgow Job Service office to discuss and organize training workshops, scholarships and address local employer issues. For more information, contact Stacey at 228-2476 or Sue at the Glasgow Job Service, 228-3926.

Tuesday, May 10th 2016
Apply Now For GHS Educational Trust Grants
GHS alumni pursuing higher education at the baccalaureate or vocational/technical level are strongly encouraged to apply to the GHS Educational Trust for financial assistance to help pay for tuition and other expenses for the 2016-2017 school year. The deadline is July 1, 2016, and the application is available online at www.ghsedutrust.org.

With tuition and student debt both rising at historic rates, the trust would like to remind applicants that this gift is not a traditional scholarship only for those who have exceptionally high grades. The awards are based primarily on need, and all applicants who have completed one year of college or one semester of trade school, who are full-time students in good academic standing at an accredited institution, and who are making steady progress toward the completion of a degree are given equal consideration. Other requirements listed on the application must be met and all information submitted on time.

With assets now totaling over $5 million dollars, the trust, which was established by the GHS Class of 1938 in 1964, has awarded over $1.7 million dollars to hundreds of different GHS graduates. Most of these students have received multiple grants over the course of their academic careers. This includes a significant number of nontraditional students who have completed their degrees through correspondence or online courses in addition to traditional campus instruction.

The trust has been supported by hundreds of faithful donors for over half a century to help as many GHS students as possible achieve their educational dreams and a better future. Apply now to be a part of this important Scotty tradition.
Friday, May 6th 2016
American Prairie Reserve Purchases 47,000 Acre Ranch In Central Montana
A huge Montana nature reserve added a 47,000-acre historic ranch to its patchwork of lands along the Missouri River on Friday, a significant step in a privately funded effort to stitch together a Connecticut-sized park where bison would replace livestock and cattle fences give way to open range.

The PN Ranch north of Winifred sprawls across rugged badlands, tall grass prairie and cottonwood-filled valleys. It's almost wholly within the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.

It includes the remnants of the Montana Territory's first military post, Camp Cooke, and was reportedly a rendezvous point for American Indian tribes on the Great Plains.

Its purchase by the American Prairie Reserve comes amid tensions with some in central Montana who see the project's rapid expansion over the past decade as an encroachment on their way of life.

For now, reserve representatives said, it will be managed as a livestock operation. But the long-term goal is to restore the land to its natural state and open it to the public — campers, bird watchers and others seeking a glimpse into how the West once looked.

"Over time the goal is an all-wildlife, public access situation," said Sean Gerrity, president of the Bozeman-based reserve. "People will come and the first thing they will notice is 'Welcome' signs instead of 'Keep Out' signs. They will notice fences down and a distinct openness to the landscape, unfettered by fences, power lines, power poles."

Terms of the sale were not disclosed. The cattle ranch founded in the late 1800s had been listed for $21.5 million.

Since 2001, American Prairie Reserve has raised $95 million and established a 353,000-acre footprint of leased and private land stretching across five counties.

The purchase of the PN — inside the 378,000-acre Upper Missouri River Breaks — continues the organization's strategy to use private real estate deals to leverage public lands. Other reserve holdings are within and adjacent to the million-acre C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

The reserve has 620 bison, which currently don't have access to the refuge or national monument. That herd is expected to increase to 1,000 bison within the next two years and more than 10,000 animals by late next decade.

Whether wild bison re-inhabit the public lands around the reserve will be largely up to state wildlife officials.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks officials said last year that they would consider bison on large-scale landscapes like the C.M. Russell refuge. But there's no timeline for a decision, agency spokesman Ron Aasheim said.

Thursday, May 5th 2016
Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson Addresses Water Issue For City Of Glasgow
Dear Residents:

As you have probably heard, city of Glasgow has been in the process of determining which courses of action to take in regards to the future source of Glasgow’s drinking water. As a public water provider, the city understands the effort and commitment it takes to operate and manage a safe and reliable water system. The City Council is also sensitive and understanding to the residents of Glasgow, and the cost incurred to the water and sewer rate payer. If you have lived here for any length of time, you may recall that this topic has been on the table for quite some time, dating all the way back to the inception of the Dry Prairie Rural Water Authority. As early [as] 2000, the city was beginning to examine the viability the city received drinking water from the rural water authority project. It has been no small nor light decision for the council to process as we have examined and re-examined all the data and information at hand over the past 16 years, to arrive at a decision that we feel will best serve the needs of Glasgow’s residents.

During that lengthy window of consideration, the city examined detailed data and information regarding the city’s existing water system, second party infrastructure that has a bearing on the system, and the rural water authority’s proposed system as well as their more recent existing system infrastructure. To further put that decision time frame into perspective, bear in mind that the referenced period of time covers the service of three mayors, over half a dozen city council members, two public works directors, multiple city staff members as well as two general managers for the rural water authority and multiple board members and employees in that organization.

Additionally worth noting is the fact that during the analysis, the city of Glasgow invested in several engineering studies, valued at over $55,000, and countless hours of staff work compiling data. The data and analysis from those studies were generated to document and prove accurate information for the council’s use as well as state and federal government agencies use in understanding pros and cons of the matter.

With such a long history regarding the matter, one might be inclined to ask, “Why now: what is driving the push for a current decision?” There are several answers to that question, but the two primary answers include the following: 1) the fact that the rural water authority is close to completing installation of its last leg of water supply pipe line in to Glasgow’s area. Therefore the time is now to decide if it is in the best interest of Glasgow to hook up to that source. 2) Another important driver, that you may remember, is that the city of Glasgow has been working on a “Preliminary Engineering Report” or PER for the city’s water system. PERs are typically done when extensive repairs or new work is required on a facility or infrastructure system. Glasgow’s water treatment facility is to a point where the city needs to invest in it or risk potential future failures. These two factors require a vital decision because the courses of action(s) for each are interdependent upon each other. The mayor of Glasgow and the City Council recognized the fact that the answer to whether or not Glasgow should hook up to the regional water authority could not be put off any longer. Regardless of the source of Glasgow’s drinking water, repairs and improvements must be made to the system.

In order to make an informed decision regarding which source of water would be in the best interest of the city, the council examined a multitude of criteria as related to providing safe and reliable drinking water through a standard and accepted 20-year planning period. The criteria included but where not necessarily limited to:

1. Current and future regulatory requirements

2. Current and future situation (or status of demand for water)

3. Evaluation of the existing water supplies and systems (both for Glasgow Water Department and the rural water authority)

4. Financial status of the system

5. Environmental review

6. Necessary improvements and repairs

7. Non-economic factors

8. Reliability of water sources and treatment methods

9. Operational requirements (of each system, including operation and maintenance costs)

10. System flexibility

11. Energy use by each system

12. Effect on Water Rights (for the city)

13. Timing, environmental impacts, water rates

14. Projected costs to the city and rate payers

The Water Department staff, the Public Works director, the Water Committee members, council and the mayor all worked with engineering consultants, the rural water authority, state and federal agencies to examine all the criteria listed above. During work sessions and meetings, review of one criterion often led to detailed components of that criteria, which provided more questions, and eventual clarity that provided informed answers. In the end, the pros of Glasgow remaining independent and continuing to be a water provider for the residents of Glasgow won out over the alternative of the city buying water from the rural water authority.

Below is a brief summary of the primary reasons that the council felt the chosen course of action would be in the best interest of Glasgow:

Of primary concern were rates: While at some point soon, a small rate increase will be necessary to the residents of Glasgow, even with that rate increase, it would still cost the residents of Glasgow over $3 more per month on the base rate to receive water from the rural water authority.

Cost control: By purchasing water from the rural water authority, the city of Glasgow would be three times removed from any decisions regarding rate increases and spending on the water production portion of the water to Glasgow) city of Glasgow (would still be responsible for distribution and invoicing water sales)

System operation and maintenance costs: Glasgow would still be required to maintain current staff to: qualify control test, maintain the distribution system, meter system, invoicing, take care of and maintain water storage facilities, make repairs and upgrades to in-town pumping facilities, etc. The water department already does all that, but on top of those costs, there would be the cost to buy the water. Financial planning for a system owned by the city is more predictable and allows for more flexibility. While a portion of the transmission system currently operated is owned by MARCO, the city has been proactively saving money to offset any potential future costs associated with that transmission line.

Non-economic factors: Glasgow’s system is very reliable; it offers flexibility for extreme conditions and emergency fire control. Energy usage – locally produced water is more energy efficient; pumping the water four times the distance uses more energy. Water rights are a concern, if the city does not continue to utilize its water rights, at some point they would be decreased and eventually abandoned thereby limiting the city’s future options for water. Uncertainty of future water authority rates – while not quantifiable, the water authority’s service is federally subsidized, should that change, it will be the burden of the off-reservation portion of the system to pick up that difference in cost.

Quality of Water: Glasgow’s quality of water is as good, if not better than the alternative. IF Glasgow had poor quality water, utilizing the alternative would be a no-brainer, but this is not the case.

It is the intention of the city of Glasgow to continue producing its own drinking water and not purchase water from Dry Prairie Rural Water Authority at this time. The course of action chosen takes the city of Glasgow through a minimum of 20-year planning period. The council wrestled with that fact that no system or improvements to those systems last in perpetuity, therefore at some future point in time, the council would like to have an idea as to what all other options may be. Therefore, in light of that forward planning, the council has opted to continue to keep long-term options open with the rural water authority. The city of Glasgow values the water services offered by Dry Prairie Rural Water Authority to all rural residents of Valley County and beyond. We have worked with DPRWA and respect the working relationship which we have. We hope to promote future collaborative efforts and support for both of our public water systems.

Back in the early 1980s, the mayor and council at that time had the sound forethought to switch Glasgow’s water source to the Missouri River. That advanced thinking has helped Glasgow enjoy over 30 years of quality drinking water. We are honored to serve Glasgow and the city thanks you for your trust as we look forward to another 30-plus years of quality water production to serve our residents.

City of Glasgow, MT

Becky Erickson

Mayor of Glasgow

Robert Kompel

Public Works Director

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016
Glasgow School District Levy Request Does Not Pass but Hinsdale approves 2 Building Reserve Levies.
Glasgow School District Voters rejected a levy request for the school district's general fund on Tuesday. Only 472 voters voted for the levy while a total of 581 voted against the levy request. The request was for $28,886.72.

Turnout was 34%.

Meanwhile, in Hinsdale, voters approved 2 building reserve levies:

89 for the Elementary Building Reserve Levy
29 against the Elementary Building Reserve Levy

87 for the High School Building Reserve Levy

34 against the High School Building Reserve Levy

School Trustee Election. Two positions available.

75 Christy Hillman
66 Chris Christensen
78 Paige Miller

283 Register Voters
121 Voters
43% Voted

The Frazer School District voters approved a elementary levy by a vote of 67-52.

They also elected Mary Sue Jackson and Tracy Hentges to the school board for 3-year terms and Michael Cole to a 1-year term.

Trustee Results:

3-year term:
Jewel Four Star Ackerman-46
Tracy Goerss Hentges- 65
Angie Toce- 43
Mary Sue Jackson- 66

1-year term:
Michael Cole-61
Jamie Lynn Smoker- 57

Friday, April 29th 2016
Tourism Is Big Business In Montana
Nonresident travelers mean big bucks for Montana.

The final 2015 nonresident visitor numbers were released April 27 by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana. Researchers found the 2015 economic contribution of 11.7 million nonresident travelers to Montana was $3.7 billion.

These visitors directly supported more than $3.1 billion of economic activity and 46,000 Montana jobs and indirectly supported an additional $2 billion of economic activity and over 16,000 more jobs.
Visitation was up 7 percent in 2015, with 11.7 million travelers visiting the state during the year, said Kara Grau, ITRR assistant director of economic analysis. Forty-four percent, or 5.2 million, of those visitors were in the state during the third quarter of July through September.

Forty-eight percent of spending by travelers during 2015 occurred during the third quarter, totaling over $1.7 billion, with travel groups spending an average of $153.51 per day during those summer months.

During the first and second quarters of 2015, traveler groups spent an average of $156.29 and $130.55 per day respectively, and totaled $377 million and $800 million. Fourth quarter group spending averaged $156.04 per day, totaling nearly $744 million. Overall, nonresident travelers spent a total of $3.7 billion in Montana during 2015.

Though total spending by nonresident travelers was down 6 percent from 2014, much of that reduction is due to significantly lower fuel prices during 2015. A full 32 percent of travelers’ expenditures during 2014 went toward fuel. Much less of nonresidents’ daily travel budget went toward fuel purchases during 2015 – just 20 percent, in fact.

“Spending on fuel is generally the largest expense for nonresidents traveling in Montana,” ITRR director Norma Nickerson said. “That was still the case in 2015, but not to the extent that we’ve seen in the past. Traveling through our expansive state cost our visitors much less last year, meaning they were able to put that money toward other things and other experiences while they were here.”

For more information about the 2015 nonresident visitation and spending estimates, visit http://scholarworks.umt.edu/itrr_pubs/333/. All information and reports published by ITRR are available online at http://www.itrr.umt.edu.

Friday, April 29th 2016
Progress Continues On Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial
Progress toward the July 4th "Grand Opening" ceremony at Fort Peck for the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial is moving right along.

Last week we received the second of three commissioned bronze sculptures. The hero sized bugler designed and sculpted by Harvey Rattey and Pamela Harr of Glendive will join "Freedom" the screaming bald eagle already in place at the site.

The bronze flag draped casket to be be placed under the main monument is expected before July 4th.
All 10 walls of honor are in place and installation of the 1200 veteran specific black granite tiles sold to date will begin right after May 1st. Tile orders remain brisk!

The 2nd order of trees should arrive next week and site irrigation will commence soon after to be concluded with laying of sod and native grass planting.

The Board of Directors have successfully raised over $950,000 to date and is still soliciting and accepting donations with a goal of raising an additional $100,00 to finish and maintain this world class destination dedicated to recognizing veterans service.

Supporters can access the website at www.veteransMt.org or call 228-2233.

Friday, April 29th 2016
Bowhunter Education Online Field Day Offered in Glasgow
A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks bowhunter education online field course will take place in Glasgow on Saturday, June 4. Students must have completed the online education course before participating in the field day.

Starting in 2017, the purchase of a Montana bow and arrow license will be required prior to applying for any archery-only permit. 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
• sign an affidavit that they have previously purchased a bow and arrow license in Montana or another state.

First time archers need to plan ahead so that they have the prerequisite bowhunter education certificate in order to apply for 2017 archery only drawings. The first drawing deadline is March 15 each year. Montana FWP Bowhunter education classes are offered around the state until July 31 of each year.

The field day will take place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. There will be one hour of classroom instruction at the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow, and one hour at the archery range.

For more information about the online bowhunter education field day, go to the FWP website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter/default.html to take the online course or register for the field day.

Make sure to print out all necessary material and sign all necessary forms. A photo ID and Field Day Qualifier Certificate are needed to be accepted into the field course. If you have any questions, please contact course coordinator Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704.

Thursday, April 28th 2016
Man Arrested By Valley County Sheriff's Office And Charged With Distributing Methamphetamine
36-year old Shannon Emeline was arrested this week by the Valley County Sheriff's Office on a warrant from Yellowstone County. Emeline was wanted on the charge of Possession of Dangerous Drugs and was wanted by Yellowstone County Law Enforcement.

A search warrant was obtained at Emeline's residence in St. Marie and law enforcement officers found methamphetamine worth an estimated $20,000 according to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier. The residence is located at 309A Hickory Street in St. Marie.

Emeline was charged with Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs with intent to Distribute-Methamphetamine. He was also charged with Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs-Opiods. Sheriff Meier also said Emeline was charged with 2 other drug charges that were misdemeanors including possession of marijuana.

Shannon Emeline is currently incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center on $110,000 bond. Meier said the investigation continues and more arrests are expected as the result of the investigation.

Sheriff Meier also noted that law enforcement officers also confiscated large amount of cash from the residence.

Thursday, April 28th 2016
Interview With Superintendent Bob Connors Now Online
Stan Ozark visited with Glasgow School Superintendent Bob Connors this week about a variety of school issues:


Wednesday, April 27th 2016
Meeting On Sage Grouse Mapping Meeting Is May 12th
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Bureau of Land Management are working together to develop new methods for mapping land cover across sage grouse habitat in Montana.

To accomplish this shared goal, the NRCS contracted with Northwest Management, Inc. (NMI), a private firm with extensive experience in land cover mapping and remote sensing. The land cover mapping method developed by NMI and their associates combines vegetation data with high resolution aerial photography, and high precision digital photography from representative ground locations throughout Valley County.

Last summer, with participation from private landowners and public land managers, crews working for NMI collected land cover vegetation data from sites representing sage grouse habitat in Valley County.

NMI’s team of mapping specialists have used this information, along with aerial photos and satellite imagery, to produce draft maps of vegetation cover types. These maps characterize sage grouse habitat in the areas studied, and will not be used for any purpose other than sage grouse conservation work by participating landowners and land managers.

Before NWI field crews conduct field work this summer, the public is invited to a meeting sponsored by the Valley County NRCS to meet NRCS and BLM specialists, and members of the NMI team to learn more about this project and provide their input on the mapping products being developed.

The meeting will be held at the USDA Service Center 54059 US Hwy 2 W Glasgow Montana on May 12, 2016 at 1 pm. Contact Tracy Cumber at 406-228-4321 extension 126 for more information.

Wednesday, April 27th 2016
Governor Bullock Announces $100,000 for Wolf Point Business to Expand and Create Jobs
HELENA, Mont. – Governor Bullock today announced $100,000 in Native American Collateral Support (NACS) assistance to First Community Bank of Wolf Point to help secure a loan for Beau and Nellie Garfield to purchase the NAPA Auto Parts Store in Wolf Point.

“An investment in small businesses like Wolf Point NAPA Auto Parts is an investment in Montana’s growing economy and our rural communities,” said Governor Bullock. “The NACS program continues to help Native American entrepreneurs expand their businesses and create jobs.”

The Garfields have managed the store for eight years. With the collateral support from the Native American Collateral Support (NACS) Program, they were able to secure private financing to make their dream of business ownership a reality.

The Native American Collateral Support Program is a new, innovative collateral support program that provides critical gap financing for the local community lender to finance projects when the borrower lacks sufficient equity or collateral to permit the lender to finance the project. NACS was funded by the Montana Legislature in 2015 with $500,000 in seed capital.

Collateral support assistance is limited to five years, permitting the monies to recycle back to the fund to support new borrowers. Emerging Native American business owners will now have an additional source of collateral when their local lender is seeking to provide a loan for business expansion, the purchase of equipment and other assets, and, in this case, the purchase of an existing business.

Keeping businesses flourishing in rural Montana often requires a collaboration that includes the private, nonprofit and public sectors to support the local business owner. Working with the Department of Commerce Indian Country Programs, First Community Bank authorized a loan of $379,000, of which $100,000 was guaranteed through the collateral assistance of NACS. Great Northern Development Corporation (GNDC) financed an additional $75,000 to the Garfields to complete the financing package.

In addition, the Native American Business Advisor (NABA) Program at the Department of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Great Northern Development Corporation provided Beau and Nellie Garfield the valuable technical assistance they needed when developing their business plan for First Community Bank.

The Native American Collateral Support Program is currently funding projects. For more information please visit http://www.nacs.mt.gov or contact Philip Belangie at 406-721-3663 or pbelangie@mt.gov.
Wednesday, April 27th 2016
Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Season Opens May 1, Mandatory Reporting for Harvest
This year’s Montana paddlefish seasons will again kick off on May 1 with the opening of the Upper Missouri River section from Fort Benton downstream to Fort Peck Dam.

Camping and other access will be available at the James Kipp Recreation Area near the Fred Robinson Bridge south of Malta. The area is a popular location for paddlefish anglers and their families, and the public boat ramp at the Kipp Recreation Area is fully operational. For questions about the recreation area and other surrounding federal lands, contact the BLM Lewistown office at 406-538-1900. CMR officials can be reached by calling 406-538-8706.

According to Cody Nagel, FWP Region 6 Fisheries Biologist, “Snowpack is close to average in the Missouri River headwaters this year, so flows will likely mimic historical data. In addition, the recent moisture that we have had across the state will definitely help kick-start the upstream migration of paddlefish.”

There will no longer be a Paddlefish Hotline, like there has been in the past, which provided anglers information on river flows and harvest data. “Anglers interested in river flows should use the USGS website for information, particularly the Landusky gauging station,” said Nagle. The direct link for the USGS Landusky web page is http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=06115200.

For the Upper Missouri, a total of 750 permits were available for paddlefish harvest. Successful applicants may harvest a fish anytime during the season, from May 1 through June 15. Those anglers that harvest a fish must mandatorily report their catch within 48 hours of harvest. Harvest can be reported to creel clerks stationed in the area (at James Kipp and Rock Creek Campgrounds) or by phone at 877-397-9753 or 406-444-0356.

Those anglers not successful in drawing a harvest tag were issued a snag and release license. Additionally, anglers that did not participate in the permit drawing that want to participate in the snag and release fishery can still purchase an Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Snag and Release License online, at an FWP office, or at any license provider.

The paddlefish season on the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam and in the Yellowstone River below the mouth of the Bighorn River opens May 15, and the archery fishing season for paddlefish in the Fort Peck Dredge Cuts below Fort Peck Dam opens July 1. As in the past, anglers may only select one area to fish for paddlefish in Montana: Upper Missouri River (White Tag-for those successful in the drawing), Yellowstone River and Missouri River downstream of Fort Peck Dam (Yellow Tag), and the Fort Peck Dredge Cut archery only season (Blue Tag).

All paddlefish anglers should obtain a copy of the Montana 2016 Paddlefish Regulations, or 2016 Montana Fishing Regulations, which contain specific rules for each of the different seasons and river stretches.

For more on the paddlefish seasons and regulations, see the FWP website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov under “Fishing” and “Regulations” and “Eastern District” then click on “Paddlefish Regulations” for a pdf file. Or, pick up a copy of the 2016 paddlefish pamphlet or 2016 Montana Fishing Regulations at FWP offices or any other license provider.

Tuesday, April 26th 2016
Woman Pleads Not-Guilty In Death Of 13-Month Girl On Fort Peck Indian Reservation
A woman on the Fort Peck Reservation pleaded not guilty to murder Tuesday in the alleged beating death of a 13-month-old relative who was under her care, court officials said.

Janelle Red Dog, 42, is accused of striking and killing Kenzley Olson, then putting her body in a dumpster before reporting the girl missing April 19.

Judge Marvin Youpee denied bond for Red Dog and ordered her back into custody pending a May hearing, according to the Fort Peck Tribal Court clerk's office.

The defendant's mother, Rhea Starr, said she believes Kenzley's death was an accident and Red Dog had been caring for the baby when no one else would.

"That baby was passed along like yesterday's gossip," Starr said. "I don't think (Kenzley's death) was intentional. I think my daughter was trying to help the baby and panicked."

The child's mother and other family members could not be immediately reached for comment.

The defendant's initial claim — that Kenzley disappeared from the house where Red Dog was caring for her — triggered an Amber Alert for an abducted girl that was broadcast in Montana and North Dakota. Authorities canceled the alert after Red Dog purportedly confessed a day later and drew a map that led them to the baby's body.

Red Dog also faces a misdemeanor charge of hindering law enforcement for giving a false report to police.

The Fort Peck Reservation is about 20 miles from the U.S.-Canada border and home to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes.

Funeral services for Kenzley originally were scheduled for Sunday, but they were postponed until Wednesday. Her obituary described the girl's "tiny fingers, baby soft skin and beautiful smile."

Kenzley had been under Red Dog's care for about two weeks, after her mother dropped her off and failed to return, Red Dog's mother and her lawyer said. The tribal jail confirmed the mother was behind bars on unspecified charges when Kenzley died.

Defense attorney Mary Zemyan said told The AP that from the limited information authorities have shared with her, the cause of the baby's death is unclear.

Additional charges could be filed in tribal court later, Fort Peck Tribes Chief Prosecutor Scott Seifert said. Tribal law allows for a maximum three-year prison sentence on any one charge, with a combined maximum of nine years in prison and a $5,000 fine per charge, he said.

The severity of the crime and age of the victim merit the maximum punishment, Seifert wrote in a notice filed with the court.

Separate federal charges that could carry a more severe punishment also are expected in the case.

The child's death was the second major crime in recent weeks to hit the reservation, which has a population of about 10,000.

In late February, a man allegedly abducted a 4-year-old girl from a park in the town of Wolf Point, sexually assaulted her and tried to kill her. The girl was found alive several days later.

Zemyan has said Red Dog admitted to authorities that she struck Kenzley on three occasions. But she said it was unknown if that's what killed the girl.

"I haven't seen any autopsy so I'm not sure," Zemyan said.

Starr said Kenzley had been sick in recent weeks, coughing and throwing up, and she speculated that illness could have played a role in her death.

An investigator testified during a probable cause hearing last week that an autopsy determined Kenzley died of blunt force trauma. However, the court has not released the autopsy results or an affidavit from prosecutors that was said to have further details on the case.

Fort Peck Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure has blamed Kenzley's death and the recent kidnapping on a rising drug epidemic that he says the reservation must address.

Starr said her daughter had been addicted to painkillers "quite a few years ago" but was unsure if she had recent involvement in drugs.

"One addiction leads to another," Starr said. "There's so much drugs on this reservation it's crazy," she said.

Tuesday, April 26th 2016
Longest Dam Race
Tired of the long winter? Then think summer! Think of getting into shape by taking a walk or run enjoying the sounds and smells of the great outdoors with family and friends. Think about a day at Kiwanis Park at Fort Peck Lake, MT. Think about signing up for the 22nd Annual Longest Dam Race to be held June 18, 2016 at Fort Peck Dam, Fort Peck MT. The race offers something for everyone.

The race begins with the 10k run and will cross 1.8 miles of the Fort Peck Dam. The 5k run/walk begins at the top of Fort Peck Dam, which participants are bused to the start, and will go down a gravel road for approximately 1K and finish at Kiwanis Park. The ever so popular one mile walk/run will be will be on the Nature Trail at Kiwanis Park, which is a flat course that is paved. This Course is perfect for all ages and is very fun for the whole family. The bike route begins will also begin at the east end of the Fort Peck Dam. The novice bike route is an out and back course over flat terrain for approximately 10 miles, and finishes at Kiwanis Park. The bike course has flaggers in the front and rear to ensure safety on the road. This year we have also hired Competitive Timing out of Whitefish, MT to time each event. Each race participant will have a timing tag to ensure more timely and accurate results. All races are assisted by FMDH EMT’s, local law enforcement, the Montana Army National Guard and dozens of volunteers.

The race concludes with an awards ceremony at Kiwanis’s Park. Registration is $25.00 for each participant and $5.00 for each additional event. Participants 10 years old and younger the fee is $10.00. Runners can sign up online at runsignup.com. The first 75 entries will receive a free ticket for the Saturday June 18th performance of Man of La Mancha at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre. Fort Peck offers other activities for families and visitors, fishing, the Fort Peck Interpretive Center, Warm Water Multi-Species Fish Hatchery, swimming and watchable wildlife tours.

The Longest Dam Race is sponsored by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture. For more information, call 406-228-2222 or http://www.glasgowchamber.net

Tuesday, April 26th 2016
Valley County Population Increases
The population of Valley County has increased 3.9% from 2010 to 2015 according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau releases an estimate of population for each county in the United States every April.

The population of Valley County was 7369 in April of 2010 and increased to 7659 in July of 2015 according to the Census Bureau.

This makes Valley County the 28th most populous county in Montana.

Monday, April 25th 2016
Second Hunter Education Classes Offered in Glasgow
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Glasgow area. There will be a regular classroom course May 20-22, and an adult field course on May 28. This is the last hunter education course that will be held before the June 1 deadline for deer, elk, and antelope.
To be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2016 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16, 2017. Students aged 10 and 11 can take the course and hunt as an apprentice, but will not be fully certified until the year they turn 12. All registrants for this event must be 10 years of age by May 20, 2016.

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

The hunter education class will be held in the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow. Classes will run from 5-8:30 p.m. on Friday, from 8-4:30 on Saturday, and from 8-11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The adult field course will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. The adult field course will be held either in the Quonset or another building depending upon numbers.

To register and learn more about the hunter education classes offered, please go to the FWP website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov and look under the “Education” tab. Please make sure to print out all required files, and sign all necessary forms.

Parents, please have students pick up the Hunter Education Manual from the FWP office in Glasgow. Students are to read each chapter and complete all review sections before class on Friday, May 20. If workbooks are not complete, students will not be able to take the course. If there are any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.

Monday, April 25th 2016
Latest On Death Of 13-Month Old Girl On Fort Peck Indian Reservation
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The lawyer for a woman accused of beating to death a baby under her care on a Montana American Indian reservation says it's unclear if her client intentionally killed the 13-month-old girl.

Attorney Mary Zemyan represents 42-year-old Janelle Red Dog, who appeared in court Friday in connection with Kenzley Olson's Tuesday death on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

No charges have yet been filed.

Zemyan says Red Dog admitted to law enforcement that she struck Kenzley, but only an autopsy would determine if that's what caused her death.

She says her client became scared after Kenzley died, and she disposed of the body in a dumpster before reporting to authorities that the girl was missing.

Zemyan says Red Dog had been caring for Kenzley for two weeks at the request of the girl's mother.

Saturday, April 23rd 2016
FWP Region 6 Elk Surveys Completed
Herd: photo taken by FWP biologist Drew Henry during aerial survey.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists have completed the 2016 survey of the Missouri River Breaks (MRB) and Bears Paw elk herds in Region 6. The aerial surveys were completed in February and March by Region 6 biologists Scott Hemmer and Drew Henry. Overall, the surveys found that elk numbers in both areas increased since the last survey.

“Both management units are doing well,” said Havre-area biologist Scott Hemmer. “Favorable weather conditions the past two years have resulted in increased elk production and survival, contributing to the increased number of elk observed.”

Missouri River Breaks (MRB) Elk

The MRB elk survey across Hunting Districts (HD) 621, 622, 631, and 632, was completed in February and is done biennially. Neighboring breaks districts are typically flown concurrently to limit the potential for elk to be missed or double counted due to movements between districts.

A total of 3,404 elk were observed across the four districts, with 2,869 in HDs 621/622, and 535 in HDs 631/632. The total number of elk is 20% above the long term average, with average calf-cow ratios and above average bull-cow ratios.

The management objective for the MRB districts is 1700-2000 elk. FWP implemented changes during the season-setting process for additional elk hunting opportunities for the 2016 hunting season. 300 antlerless elk permits (application deadline March 15) were added, which are valid for HD 620, 621, 622, 630, 631, and 632, but not valid on CMR National Wildlife Refuge lands. In addition, 500 antlerless elk B licenses (apply by June 1) are available for a December 15-31 shoulder season in HD 620, 621, 622, 630, 631, and 632, also not valid on CMR National Wildlife Refuge lands. The additional antlerless elk hunting opportunities were designed with the help of the Breaks Elk Working Group to provide private landowners with more elk management options.
Bears Paw Elk

The Bears Paw elk survey, completed in March, is flown annually and includes HDs 680 and 690. There were a total of 435 elk observed, which is up 13% from the long term average. Calf-cow ratios were average and bull-cow ratios were below the long-term average.

The management objective for the Bears Paw is 250 elk. With elk numbers over objective in the Bears Paw districts, FWP implemented additional antlerless elk hunting opportunities for the 2016 hunting season. 100 antlerless elk permits (application deadline March 15) were added, which are valid for HD 680 and 690 on private land outside block management areas. In addition, 100 antlerless elk B licenses (apply by June 1) are available for a December 15-31 shoulder season in HD 680 and 690, valid on public and private land.

With above average elk numbers across Region 6 elk management units, hunters should look into additional elk hunting opportunities available through the drawing. It is also a good reminder to secure permission on private lands early to make the most of the 2016 hunting season.

Thursday, April 21st 2016
McMurry Selected As New Operations Project Manager For Fort Peck Dam
Glasgow, MT—Darin McMurry has been selected as the new Operations Project Manager (OPM) for the Fort Peck Dam Project in Fort Peck, Montana. McMurry will replace John Daggett who retires June 3.

Fort Peck Dam, located on the Missouri River in Montana, is the upper most dam of the six main stem dams the Corps operates. Responsibilities for the OPM include Emergency Operations within the project boundary, which takes in most of Montana and northern Wyoming; contracting work assigned to the office; environmental compliance; inter-agency coordination and public relations within the project area.

McMurry is currently the Deputy Operations Project Manager and Chief of the Natural Resource Section for the Fort Peck Project. He’s responsible for the oversight of 21 recreational areas, four marina concessions, 366 leased cabin sites and a visitor center in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service and the non-profit organization Fort Peck Paleontology, Inc. Additionally, McMurry is responsible for the threatened and endangered species monitoring program and contract administration. Among other qualifications, he brings extensive experience with more than 29 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Prior to coming to Fort Peck, McMurry worked at Cecil M. Harden and Cagles Mill Lakes in the USACE Louisville District as a park ranger, cruising timber, writing management objectives, and managing shoreline activities.

Born in Waveland, Indiana, McMurry attended Central Oregon Community College prior to earning his bachelor’s degree in wildlife science from Purdue University in 1986.

Current Fort Peck OPM John Daggett will retire June 3 and hand down the responsibilities for the operation and maintenance of the Fort Peck Project, which includes the Fort Peck Dam and associated structures, i.e. two power plants, a spillway and outlet works.

Daggett was born in Deer Lodge, Montana, and grew up in Harlowton, Montana, where he graduated high school. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Montana State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Montana.

Mr. Daggett has served as Operations Project Manager since October of 2004. From 1991 to 2004 he was the Project Engineer at Fort Peck. Prior to coming to Fort Peck in September of 1991,

Daggett was a Facility Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation at Seminoe and Kortes Dams on the North Platte River in Wyoming.

The Corps is a globally-recognized leader in military and civil engineering and science. The USACE civil works mission provides a key foundational component of the nation’s public infrastructure that facilitates economic growth, quality of life, environmental health and national security for the American people.

The Corps’ highly skilled workforce provides significant value to the nation—the economy, security and quality of life. We have the brightest and most capable minds doing extraordinary work—the mission is not possible without our people.

Thursday, April 21st 2016
Earth Day Clean Up Encouraged; Community Walk Set For 4:30 Friday
Earth Day is this Friday: businesses, homeowners & individuals are challenged to clean up any and all garbage near and around their property.

If we all work as a team we can each do our small part to beautify Glasgow on Earth Day and every day of the year!

Also, celebrate the beauty of northeast Montana and join in the Community Walk at Sullivan Trail, located behind the Home Run fishing pond.

The walk is an open event; anyone is invited to stop by to walk the course anytime between 4:30 and 6 p.m. on Friday. There will also be give-aways during the event.

Thursday, April 21st 2016
C.A.R.E. Coalition Will Survey Saturday
The Valley County Health Department, Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and Northeast Montana Community Mental Health Center have joined together as the Valley County C.A.R.E. (Community, Access, Resources, Education) Coalition. Our mission is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Valley County.

First we must see what services our County needs, so we are conducting a Valley County Health Needs Survey. In the afternoon of Saturday, April 23, volunteers will be going door to door throughout the County handing out a needs survey. The short questionnaire asks residents how they view the health status of our community and where we can make improvements. This survey will assist us for further events to make sure we are supporting the community’s needs.

The process for volunteers will start Saturday at 9:30am at FMDH Conference room. Breakfast will be available, then we will have a two hour training to learn how to conduct the survey and review safety procedures. Lunch will be served and we will depart in teams of two to our assigned block. As soon
as you have 7 responses from residents, your task is completed.

Thursday, April 21st 2016
Doris Fransen To Step Down From Museum Board In July
I must have pulled a Rip Van Winkle! It is hard to realize that it has been almost 40 years since I became involved with the Pioneer Museum. It has been a wonderful experience. About 1977 or so Irma McInerney and Gladys Silk approached me about becoming part of the Historical Society. Having always had a love of history it sounded like a good fit for me.

A little bit of background on the Museum. The Diamond Jubilee of the county we all celebrated in 1962 was when the people became aware of the need for a Museum in Valley County. One of the projects of the celebration was to ask the people if they would be willing to put their artifacts that they had on display. They had lined up a building on Main Street in Glasgow. I believe it was the old Federated store. The people proved more than willing to display their treasures. That building, both the ground level and the basement level were filled. The people who had started it all were amazed. Iva Holiday, who was the County Extension Agent at that time, had the foresight to realize that if something was not done all of these artifacts would be lost to this area. So she went to the Home Demonstration groups of the county and explained to them how important it was that something be done to encourage the people make their artifacts part of a permanent collection. They were in total agreement and they formed the Historical Society. They raised enough money to build the original building on the site where it still stands.

Oh, how large and empty that building looked when it was up in 1972. They wondered how on earth would they every fill it up. They found out very quickly. In 1973 they purchased what is now the machine lot across the street. They had to get another building built. It was to house the threshing machine belonging to Adam Lenz. It was one of the first threshing machines in Valley County. It was made of wood. This 105 year old threshing machine is still housed there today along with other pieces that are about the same age. Needless to say the original building would not hold all of the machinery collection we have today.

Then they had to build an addition to the Main Building and it was opened in 1974. It was to house the Kalinski Collection. And the Museum continues to grow. It was decided early on that in order to have continuity and security for the Pioneer Museum it would be best to deed it to Valley County and its people.

As I became more involved with the Museum we became aware that we were the only county in northeast Montana that had not published a history of their county. So a group of us approached the Historical Society about doing the history of Valley County. The Historical Society gave their blessing. So we began the project. What an amazing experience! Little did we realize that what we thought would be one volume quickly grew into a three-volume set called “Footprints In The Valley”. Or that it would take five years from the beginning to the end of that project. We ended up with almost 2000 pages. We printed 3000 sets. (By the way folks there are only 75 sets left and they will be gone.)

“Footprints In The Valley” was also a learning experience for those of us working on it. Along the way we became aware that there was concern out there regarding the care and up-keep of the Museum. Since the Historical Society’s duties were to collect, preserve and display the artifacts we felt the need to create a group that would work for the up-keep and maintenance of the Pioneer Museum. The county had awarded a levy of one mill for wages and maintenance but there never seemed to be enough money to get it all done or to extend the hours. So when Friends Of The Pioneer Museum was formed it was to try to take care of some of these needs. The Historical Society does a wonderful job of collecting artifacts but that requires space and upkeep also.

It is through the support of all of you out there that we were able to do a retrofit of our main building. A new roof, upgraded insulation, a new furnace system, handicapped bathrooms, an office, a security system and a larger archive area. This was made possible by the addition that was built on the north side of the main building. Before that the archives had about a 10’ X 12’ space.

One of my favorite projects during my time with the Friends Of The Pioneer Museum has been the Heritage Wall Collection of the history of the people of Valley County. You can see these beautiful plaques in the lobby of the courthouse and at the Pioneer Museum. The collection now numbers almost 300 plaques. That is history saved. We have my husband, Al Franzen, to thank for making the beautiful plaques. He worked on that project for about 20 years. He retired from that activity about a year ago.

Friends Of The Pioneer Museum still has a couple of goals they would like to accomplish. One being to get space built where our Agricultural and Railroad history can be preserved. These two histories are the basis that this area was built on. Another thing we would like to accomplish is to make our Museum a year-round facility. That way our schools would be able to take better advantage of what we have to offer. Not only that but we would be open when our own local agricultural people would be able to spend more time there. Then they would be better able to enjoy the museum or take advantage of all of their heritage that is there. Genealogy has a treasure there that many of them would be able to use to do family histories etc.

And why am I rambling on like this??!!? Because as of the first of July I am going to stop being involved in the Museum. I will always be concerned about it and enjoy watching it continue to flourish. But there a number of family things I want to attend to while I am still able. Now it is time for some of the younger generation to take their turn at preserving what we have. I feel so blessed because I had the privilege and honor of working with so many of the founders of the Museum. They were an incredible group of people to whom we all owe a deep debt of gratitude. I also want to thank everyone for their support in what we have been doing all of these years and the personal support they have been kind enough to give to me. I still look forward to seeing all of you in my activities around town. Two of my favorite places to meet and greet everyone is the grocery store or the Oasis at lunch time.

So we invite you to become involved with Friends Of The Pioneer Museum. It is a different type of work than what the Historical Society does but is equally as important. Friends needs your time, your skills and your new ideas as well as your financial support. We have been incredibly blessed with the financial support we receive from all over the country through our mailing. The mailing goes out to people who have their roots in Valley County and they have been very generous. So we invite you to call Sue Henderson or Sherri Turner and ask them how you can get involved. Keep in mind that passing on our heritage to all of our children and generations to come is the greatest gift you can leave them.

Thursday, April 21st 2016
One Person Arrested In Death Of 1 Year Old
POPLAR, Mont. (AP) — One person was taken into custody and authorities were searching for additional people for questioning in the death of a 1-year-old girl abducted from her home on a Montana Indian reservation. The Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office says Kenzley Olson was found dead in Poplar, on Fort Peck Indian Reservation, after she was last seen Tuesday.
Thursday, April 21st 2016
Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament Already Full
As of 2:37 p.m. Wednesday, the 29th Annual Montana Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament had a full field of 200 teams.

Seventeen teams registered on Wednesday alone. Last year the cup filled on July 2nd, marking the first time the Montana Governor’s Cup has had the full 200 registrations in the past 13 years.

The Cup only had full rosters from 1998 to 2002.

The chamber is currently accepting registrations for a waiting list.

For more information, please contact the Glasgow Chamber at 406-228-2222. To see a full listing of the teams check their website at http://www.montanagovcup.com

Wednesday, April 20th 2016
Mock Car Crash Part Of Ghost-Out
Area first-responders and law enforcement took part in a mock car crash along Scottie Pride Drive on Wednesday morning, as part of a Ghost-Out at the Glasgow High School.

A Ghost-Out is part of an alcohol and drug awareness program aimed at teenagers because traffic crashes are the number one killer of teens and over one-third of teen traffic deaths are alcohol-related nationwide. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

As part of the Ghost-Out, several "victims" are selected throughout the day. It is a very emotional and powerful program, with a strong impact on the students.

Tuesday, April 19th 2016
Strand Pleads Guilty In Fort Peck Fine Arts Council Case
Mary Strand, former Executive Director of the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council, appeared in District Court on Monday, April 18th for a plea agreement with the State of Montana vs. Mary Strand.

Strand has been charged with 4 felony counts of theft of property by embezzlement and one count of money laundering. The offenses occurred between November, 2010 and February 2014, when the defendant is alleged to have stolen funds from her employer at the time, the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council.

At the plea agreement held on Monday, Strand pleaded guilty to all 5 charges. She will be sentenced in District Court on June 20th.

The Fort Peck Fine Arts Council is the parent organization of the Fort Peck Summer Theatre.

Tuesday, April 19th 2016
Severe Weather Awareness Week in Montana
This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Montana. The National Weather Service is offering tips for dealing with severe weather all week long.

Today's topic: the difference between a watch and a warning.

Watch: The potential exists for severe weather to occur within the next 8 hours but the exact location and timing is not known. Action can be taken to protect property such as putting your vehicle in the garage, putting away patio furniture, etc.

Warning: Severe weather either is occurring or will be shortly. Immediate action should be taken to protect yourself by going to the lowest portion of a sturdy building, or into a closet, hallway or room without windows.

Be listening to our local newscasts all week for more from the National Weather Service.

Tuesday, April 19th 2016
Bowhunter Education Classes Offered in Glasgow
A Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks bowhunter education class will take place in Glasgow from Friday, April 22-Sunday, April 24. Students must be at least 11-years old on the first day of class to be eligible for certification.

Starting in 2017, the purchase of a Montana bow and arrow license will be required prior to applying for any archery-only permit. 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 years bow and arrow license from Montana or another state
• sign an affidavit that they have previously purchased a bow and arrow license in Montana or another state.

First time archers need to plan ahead so that they have the prerequisite bowhunter education certificate in order to apply for 2017 archery only drawings. The first drawing deadline is March 15 each year. Montana FWP Bowhunter education classes are offered around the state until July 31 of each year.

Classes will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, 8-4 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10-4:30 p.m. on Sunday for the test and field day. The class will be held in the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow.

To register for the Bowhunter Education class, go to the FWP website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov, and look under the “Education” tab. Make sure to print out all necessary material and sign all necessary forms.

Prospective students also need to pick up their Bowhunter Education book “Today’s Bowhunter” at the FWP office. Students are required to read and answer the chapter review questions in the back of the book before the first day of class, and bring all necessary forms. If you have any questions, contact course coordinator Carmen Corey at 406-230-1266.

Monday, April 18th 2016
School Board Approves Motion For Levy Request
At the March board meeting, the board approved a motion to ask the voters to pass a General Fund mill levy request in the amount of $28,886.72. This will be an additional 1.97 mills, costing $2.66 per year for individuals owning a $100,000 house and $5.32 per year for those owning a $200,000 house.

These funds will be utilized for the day to day operations of the schools.

Absentee ballots were mailed out on April 13, and should be delivered by Monday, April 18.

Monday, April 18th 2016
Unemployment Statistics
Montana’s unemployment rate increased slightly in March by one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.3% because of an expansion in the number of workers. The U.S. unemployment rate also increased by one-tenth of a point to 5.0%.

2 McCone County 2.6 0.1 1,036 -29
4 Daniels County 3.4 0 945 14
5 Garfield County 3.7 -0.3 753 35
12 Valley County 4 -0.2 4,296 120

Friday, April 15th 2016
Communication Execs Urge Montana To Address Rural Needs
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Rural wireless and broadband providers are urging Montana lawmakers to address the needs of far-flung communities when it comes to phone service and the internet.

Industry representatives visited the state Capitol Thursday to tell lawmakers about the infrastructure needed to improve service in sparsely populated areas of the state.

Montana has among the slowest broadband access speeds in the country.

Mike Kilgore is the chief executive of Nemont. He came from Scobey to report on financial and other hurdles faced by rural companies like his to expand wireless service and connect rural residents to the internet.

Last year, the Legislature defeated a $15 million financing plan to expand internet, phone and cable services in some of the state's most isolated areas.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Thursday, April 14th 2016
Couple Kisses During Billings Robbery
Watch the video

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Police in Montana's largest city are looking for three suspects who robbed a bar at gunpoint, but they didn't seem to disturb a couple who kissed through the commotion. Surveillance video from the business shows the bartender quickly opening the cash register and putting his hands in the air, as did other bar patrons, while the amorous couple kept hugging and kissing. The robbers left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Thursday, April 14th 2016
Help Glasgow's Emily Etchart Fundraise For St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Up 'til Dawn at the University of Montana is trying to close their fundraising gap of $5,210 by asking people like yourself to donate $20 to St Jude Children's Research Hospital! Every dollar donated goes directly to the kids at St Jude and to help advance the treatment and cure for childhood cancer. As a bonus, we are offering the opportunity to receive two 2016 Cat/Griz football tickets or a $200 gift card to the UM or MSU bookstore. Follow the link to donate! http://utd.stjude.org/catgriz

This week we are also reaching out to our friends and family and asking them to participate in a social media campaign to raise awareness about both the hospital and Up 'til Dawn's fundraising efforts. We are asking you to post today, Thursday April 14th, in order to blast social media, get our message out there, and close our gap. Below are three examples of posts you can use or feel free to create your own. Thank you for your support. We are so close and any effort by you goes incredibly far!

Thursday, April 14th 2016
Daines Announces Over $4.6 Million In Critical Funding For Ten Montana Community Airports
U.S. SENATE – Senator Steve Daines on Wednesday announced that ten Montana community airports will receive $4,661,676 for critical construction and maintenance projects.

Grants will be awarded to airports in Billings, Broadus, Circle, Forsyth, Hardin, Livingston, Malta, Ronan, Shelby and Wolf Point.

“Community airports across Montana provide critical transportation services to Montana’s rural communities,” Daines stated. “These grants will ensure that Montana’s smaller airports are able to meet rising ridership demands, ensure safe and reliable service for their passengers and meet the long-term economic needs of the communities they serve.”

Grants awarded today by the Federal Aviation Administration include:

Billings Logan International Airport: $400,000 to extend a taxiway, and $1,500,000 to improve airport drainage.

Broadus Airport: $112,204 to rehabilitate the airport’s apron, runway and taxiway.

Circle Town County Airport: $237,563 to construct a 3,600 square foot hangar building.

Tillitt Field Airport (Forsyth): $1,728,919 to construct an access road and taxiway and to rehabilitate the airport’s apron and taxiway.

Big Horn County Airport (Hardin): $123,427 to fund construction of a single pump fuel facility.

Mission Field Airport (Livingston): $43,572 to rehabilitate the airport’s apron, runways and taxiways.

Malta Airport: $81,752 to install weather reporting equipment.

Ronan Airport: $202,642 to update the existing airport master plan study to show current and future needs of the airport.

Shelby Airport: $150,845 to install and replace runway lighting to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions, and to rehabilitate apron, runway and taxiway.

L.M. Clayton Airport (Wolf Point): $80,752 to install a runway vertical visual guidance system to improve safety and visibility for aircraft and design a 6,400 square foot hangar building.

Thursday, April 14th 2016
Governor And First Lady Award $55,000 To 18 Montana Schools To Expand School Breakfast

HELENA – As part of Fight Childhood Hunger Week, Governor Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock today announced that a total of $55,000 in privately funded grants have been awarded to 18 schools as part of their Montana Breakfast after the Bell initiative. Funding will go towards the implementation of new school breakfast programs or the transition of existing programs to make breakfast part of the school day.

“To ensure the academic success of our kids, breakfast is a necessity.” Governor Bullock said. “I commend each of these schools for making happy and healthy students a priority. Making sure our students are healthy puts them on a path to success, benefitting our communities and our state.”

Grants were provided to schools by Montana No Kid Hungry, in partnership with Governor and First Lady Bullock. Funding was made available through private partnerships with Albertson’s Companies Foundation, Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Jeff Bridges, Share Our Strength, Round It Up Montana, Blue Cross Blue Shield, First Interstate Bank Foundation, and Smith’s Food and Drug Stores.

Montana No Kid Hungry works directly with superintendents, principals, teachers, school food service directors, parents, and students to encourage them to apply for the grants and to implement alternative breakfast models, such as Breakfast in the Classroom and Grab-and-Go.

On average, school breakfast participation rises to more than 70 percent when schools implement a Breakfast after the Bell model versus 30 percent with a traditional model that serves breakfast in the cafeteria before school starts. With that, higher breakfast participation has been shown to lead to improvements in health, academics, and behavior.

“I have seen the success of serving Breakfast after the Bell first hand,” said First Lady Lisa Bullock. “When students don’t have to worry about where their next meal will come from, they are much more receptive to learning. A hunger free classroom creates the ideal environment for both students and teachers.”

The grants, offered through Montana No Kid Hungry, are intended to help schools pay for essential equipment and infrastructure such as grab-and-go kiosks, carts for delivering meals to classrooms, or temporary staffing through the implementation phase; programs are self-sustaining thereafter. The meals served through the school breakfast program are federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. Therefore, the more kids participate in school breakfast, the more funding the school district receives to operate the program.

Browning Elementary School has seen overwhelming success since recently piloting Breakfast in the Classroom in two classes. Second grade teacher, Christine Hansen, praised the program, stating, “I have found that Breakfast in the Classroom has brought my students together as a community. They are better at sharing, teamwork, and they have formed a caring outlook for one another that I have not seen all year long.” Hansen also states, “More friendships have been formed through this program, and I do not see bullying.” Third grade teacher, Katie Kuka, noted that attendance had improved in her classroom. The third grade students were happy they didn’t have to miss breakfast anymore due to tardiness and do not have to make a choice to eat or play.

The 18 schools that were awarded grants in this grant round are:

Carter County High School, Ekalaka $5,000.00
Cayuse Prairie Elementary School, Kalispell $5,000.00
West Valley Elementary School, Kalispell $1,179.60
West Yellowstone School, West Yellowstone $3,200.00
Jordan Elementary School, Jordan $3,507.00
Napi Elementary School, Browning $5,157.00
Browning Elementary School, Browning $4,935.00
Helena Middle School, Helena $4,700.00
Libby Elementary School, Libby $736.50
Roundup Junior/Senior High School, Roundup $5,173.00
Gardiner School, Gardiner $1,657.46
Bolin Elementary School, Terry $2,058.00
Rosebud School, Rosebud $2,329.00
Absarokee Elementary School, Absarokee $5,000.00
Choteau Elementary School, Choteau $1,000.00
Glasgow Middle School, Glasgow $1,156.00
Lockwood Primary School, Lockwood $1,316.00
Roosevelt Middle School, Red Lodge $2,000.00

There are now almost 130 schools in Montana that have decided to make breakfast a part of the school day. Through the partnership with Montana No Kid Hungry, Governor and First Lady Bullock have awarded $91,000 to 27 schools during the 2015-2016 school year for a total of over $200,000 to 57 schools since the fall of 2014. For a complete list of school breakfast grantees, please visit: http://mt.nokidhungry.org/school-breakfast-program.
Thursday, April 14th 2016
Update: Re-construction Of Highway 117 From MP 0.0 To MP 11.2
Please be advised the Riverside Contracting plans on closing Highway 117 at the Milk River Bridge (M.P. 11) on Monday, April 18th at 8:00am, to through traffic for a period not to exceed four consecutive days. This work is in conjunction with the MDT, Fort Peck - NE Project that is currently under construction. Local traffic only will be allowed on either side of the bridge with no access of any kind across the bridge during work hours.

Our anticipated work sequence is as follows:
Message boards will be provided to inform the traveling public of the alternate routes. The north bridge end will be dug out, sheet pile installed with a crane and pile hammer, and then backfilled with gravel. Then the operation will move to the south end of the bridge in the same manner until completed. Work will also continue with grading and pipe activities on the entire length of the project. Through traffic on Highway 117 will be detoured on MT 24 across the top of the dam to the south and also on U.S. 2 to Glasgow on the north.

Please use the alternate routes as detailed, and obey all construction signs and flaggers. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 1-800-321-4964, leave a message, and we will make every attempt to address your concerns within 24 hours.

Thank you, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we attempt to complete this project in
an expeditious manner.

Riverside Contracting, Inc.

Thursday, April 14th 2016
Snack Pack Collection Day A Big Success
23 students collected items from around the are on Saturday morning. The response from the community was excellent. If you would like to donate items and didn't remember to leave them out on Saturday, then please contact the school and leave a message for Morgan.
Thanks to all that donated!

Glasgow High School Junior Morgan Guttenberg is in the process of putting together a Snack-Pack program for the elementary students in the Glasgow Public School system. The idea originated after Morgan attended a retreat regarding the growing problem of childhood hunger in Montana. At the retreat, Morgan learned about actions that could be taken to help end this problem. Her goal with this program is to provide healthy snacks on the weekends to those children in need.

She has contacted a number of local businesses for help with the program and has had phenomenal support.

Thursday, April 14th 2016
More Snack Pack Collection Pix
Thursday, April 14th 2016
Snack Pack Collection
Wednesday, April 13th 2016
Two Valley County Residents Arrested on Drug Charges
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier has announced that two Valley County residents have been arrested and charged with drug offenses.

Arrested were Patricia Brown, who was charged with felony criminal distribution of dangerous drugs—Hydrocodone.

Also arrested, Jory Scott, who was charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, Hydrocodone, second offense.

Both Brown and Scott are incarcerated in the Valley County Jail.

Tuesday, April 12th 2016
Governor Bullock Appoints Tami Burke To Montana Tourism Advisory Council
Governor Steve Bullock today announced the following appointments.

Board of Dentistry

• Cherry Loney, Great Falls. Qualification: Public member. Loney is the Manager of Grants Development and Administration at Benefis Health System.

• Dr. Kevin Miltko, Missoula. Qualification: Licensed Dentist. Miltko is in Family Dentistry.

Board of Engineers and Land Surveyors

• Tom Pankratz, Clancy. Qualification: Professional Engineer (Electric). Pankratz is Director of the Major Project Management Office at NorthWestern Energy.

Board of Hail Insurance

• Jim Schillinger, Circle. Qualification: Public member. Schillinger is a family farmer.

Hard-Rock Mining Impact Board

• Commissioner Jane Weber, Great Falls. Qualification: Person who, when appointed to the board, is an elected County Commissioner. Commissioner Weber is a Cascade County Commissioner.

Board of Pardons and Parole

• Patricia Iron Cloud, Poplar. Qualification: Enrolled member of a state-recognized or federally recognized Indian tribe located within the boundaries of the state of Montana. Iron Cloud is retired with the Tribal Health Department and the past Vice Chair of the Fort Peck Tribes.

Board of Personnel Appeals

• Anne MacIntyre, East Helena. Qualification: Attorney, general Labor-Management experience who is the presiding officer. MacIntyre is in an Attorney and Arbitrator.

• Jerry Rukavina, Great Falls. Qualification: Alternate member who is a full-time employee or elected official of a labor union or recognized association. Rukavina is a Field Consultant for MEA-MFT in North Central Montana.

• Jim Soumas, Billings. Qualification: Member who is a full-time employee or elected official of a labor union or recognized association. Soumas is Business Representative for the Teamsters Union Local 190.

Board of Private Security

• Captain Mark Guy, Laurel. Qualification: City Police Department. Captain Guy is a Captain with the Laurel Police Department and a Private Investigator.

Tourism Advisory Council

• Tami Burke, Glasgow. Qualification: Missouri River Country Region Representative. Burke is an Owner/Operator of Burke Ranch Outfitters and has served as a Montana Superhost Trainer for the area.

• Katie Grice, Big Sky. Qualification: Yellowstone Country Region Representative. Grice is an Associate Market Manager for the Mountain Region for Expedia Lodging Partner Services.

Tuesday, April 12th 2016
Valley County Community Foundation Announces Grants To Area Projects
Seven needed projects are closer to completion thanks to $16,067 in grants awarded by the Valley County Community Foundation. The grants give needed boosts to projects helping youth, the elderly and infrastructure, explained Sam Waters of Glasgow who chairs the grant committee.
These projects received VCCF grants this spring:

$2,000 to the Allies of Scouting used to purchase roofing materials for the dining hall/main lodge and the rest room at Scout Park on the Missouri River.

$2,000 to the City-County Library to purchase window blinds for the main reading area on the first floor

$2,641 to Glasgow School District #1A to provide training for a Glasgow Middle School teacher in the medical detection curriculum of the STEM program.

$800 to Hinsdale Public School to pay the summer lease (toward purchase) on a vending machine that provides healthy snacks for students.

$2,000 to the Nashua Senior Citizens Association used to purchase and install a commercial dishwasher at the Senior Center.

$3,000 to St. Raphael’s Parish to purchase 200 steel folding chairs and four storage dollys for the chairs used in the Parish Center gymnasium

$3,627 to Valley View Home used to help replace the roof on the 1969 portion of the building.
VCCF began giving grants in 1999 and since then has awarded 119 grants totaling $160,747. Grants are awarded each spring to organizations with a 501(c)3 IRS designation, government and educational entities.

The Foundation itself is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, affiliated with the Montana Community Foundation. Endowed assets are approaching $700,000, including two scholarship funds. More information is available at www.valleycountycf.net or by calling board member Jean Carlson at 526-3245.

Tuesday, April 12th 2016
Volunteers Needed For Valley County Needs Survey
The Valley County Health Department, Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and Northeast Montana Community Mental Health Center have joined together as the Valley County C.A.R.E. (Community, Access, Resources, Education) Coalition. Our mission is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Valley County.

First we must see what services our County needs, so we are conducting a Valley County Health Needs Survey. In the afternoon of Saturday, April 23, volunteers will be going door to door throughout the County handing out a needs survey. The short questionnaire asks residents how they view the health status of our community and where we can make improvements. This survey will assist us for further events to make sure we are supporting the community’s needs.

Now we need volunteers! The Community Health Assessment survey will be completed much like the Census survey, we need to find participants at 140 homes, in 20 geographic blocks in Valley County, which will be 7 homes per block, to respond to this survey to make this survey valid.
The process for volunteers will start Saturday at 9:30am at FMDH Conference room. Breakfast will be available, then we will have a two hour training to learn how to conduct the survey and review safety procedures. Lunch will be served and we will depart in teams of two to our assigned block. As soon as you have 7 responses from residents, your task is completed.

Volunteers will receive a gift bag and the opportunity to be in a drawing for 2 - $25.00 Chamber Bucks.

Please let me know by Wednesday, April 20, if you are able to help find out how Valley County residents view the health status of our community and where we can make improvements. We want to know how Valley County measures up as a place to live and the only way we can be sure we are getting a complete picture is by asking people who really know – the people who live here.

Thank you.
Connie Boreson – 228-6261

Friday, April 8th 2016
Missouri River Breaks Fall Elk Distribution Study Completed
Download study results

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Charles M. Russell (CMR) National Wildlife Refuge recently partnered on a study to evaluate the effects of public hunting access and other landscape factors on elk distributions during the fall archery and rifle hunting seasons. The study took place in the Missouri River Breaks area north of the Missouri River in hunting districts 621, 622 and 631.

In February of 2013, 25 cow elk were captured in the Missouri River Breaks population in hunting district (HD) 621, and 25 cow elk were captured in the Larb Hills population in HD 622 and 631. Elk were radio collared with a global positioning system that recorded hourly locations 24 hours a day for two years.

During the captures, blood samples were taken to determine pregnancy status and to detect antibodies indicating exposure to diseases. None of the sampled elk were positive for exposure to brucellosis. The average pregnancy rate was 77%, which is lower than pregnancy rates from typically observed in other Montana elk populations.

The main objective for this study was to better understand fall elk distribution and availability of elk to hunters. Elk numbers have been above the established elk population objective of 1,700-2,000 animals since 2001. Wildlife management generally relies on increasing harvest of adult female elk as the primary management tool for limiting elk population growth and reducing elk populations. However, increased antlerless elk hunting license quotas in this area have not resulted in sufficient harvest to reduce elk population numbers. Additionally, since the number of elk hunting licenses issued was increased in 2007, harvest success rates have declined. Hunter access was thought to be a limiting factor in elk management in this area.
Researchers categorized hunter access across the study area into three categories: freely accessible to hunters, restricted hunter access, and no public hunter access. The distributions of the elk were then compared during both archery and rifle season relative to hunter access and other habitat features such as cover, terrain, and distance to roads. Overall, elk tended to be less accessible during the archery season, and more commonly selecting for “no access” areas. Although elk were more accessible during rifle season, they were not always in easy to hunt locations.
In HD 621, 68% of archery season elk locations occurred in areas accessible to hunters, 30% occurred in areas with no hunter access, and 2% occurred in areas with restricted hunter access. During rifle season, 91% of elk locations occurred in areas accessible to hunters, 9% occurred in areas with no hunter access, and <1% occurred in areas with restricted hunter access.

“Many of the elk that were inaccessible during the archery season in HD 621 were in the Slippery Ann Elk Viewing Area, which is closed to hunting,” said Thompson. “During the rifle season, we saw these same elk disperse out into much more publically accessible areas. However, these elk utilized different strategies to avoid hunters, such as using dense cover, riparian areas and areas away from roads for security.”

In hunting districts 622 and 631, 50% of archery season elk locations occurred in areas accessible to hunters, 40% occurred in areas with no hunter access, and 10% occurred in areas with restricted hunter access. During rifle season, 66% of rifle season elk locations occurred in areas accessible to hunters, 29% occurred in areas with no hunter access, and 5% occurred in areas with restricted hunter access.

“In the Larb Hills, elk were relatively less accessible to hunters during the rifle hunting season than in HD 621. These elk more commonly used ‘no access’ areas rather than habitat features for security,” said Thompson.

The research emphasized the need to work cooperatively with landowners to provide adequate hunter access and implement harvest strategies to achieve elk population objectives in this and other areas of the state. One step in that direction, Thompson said, is the recently adopted “shoulder seasons” and additional antlerless elk permits in the Region 6 Breaks hunting districts in an effort to reduce elk populations. These changes in the elk season are intended to provide additional elk harvest opportunity, specifically focused on the patchwork of private and public lands adjacent to the CMR National Wildlife Refuge.

“The ultimate goal is to maintain distribution of elk across public and private land, respect landowner concerns and rights, and provide equitable availability of wildlife resources for all Montanan’s,” said Thompson.

Thursday, April 7th 2016
Glasgow School District Cancels Trustee Election But Will Have Levy Election
WHEREAS, the number of
candidates filing a Declaration of
Intent and Oath of Candidacy for the
open trustee position on the Glasgow
School Board of Trustees, District
No. 1-A, Valley County, State of
Montana is equal to or less than
the number of positions to be
elected, the trustee election is not
THEREFORE, the necessary 30
day notice is hereby given that the
Glasgow School District No. 1-A,
Valley County, State of Montana,
Trustee Election is cancelled.

Notice is hereby given by the
undersigned Clerk of Glasgow
School District #1A, Valley County,
State of Montana that the Annual
School Election will be held on
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the
Glasgow School Administration
Boardroom located at 200 7th Street
North, Glasgow, Montana.
The polls will be open between the
hours of 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on
the day of the election.
Electors will consider a proposition
for a mill levy to finance the school’s
General Fund.
A qualified registered elector who
will be unable to go to the polls on
the day of election may request an
“Application for Absentee Voter’s
Ballot” from the school district
clerk/election administrator’s office
located at 200 7th Street North,
Glasgow Montana.

Thursday, April 7th 2016
Glasgow Chamber Announces Winners Of March Madness Books
GLASGOW, MT APRIL 6TH, 2016: The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, Inc. announces the winners of the March Madness Elite 8 books.
Game 1: Book #71 Reynolds, Ryan Feezell, Kelly Sillerud
Game 2: Book #88 Shalaine Lawson, Barron Parks, Rob Brunelle
Game 3: Book #26 Thompson & Sons, Rich Kingsley, Max Monson
Game 4: Book #74 Reynolds, Matt Garsjo, Dean Vegge
Game 5: Book #1 Thompson & Sons, Lana Jones, Terry Colbrese
Game 6: Book #89 Donna Waarvik, Sherri LeGare, Betty Stone
Game 7: Box #31 Tana Tweten, Reynolds, Jerry Fischer

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

Tuesday, April 5th 2016
Bentonite Mine Plan Approved By BLM Glasgow
(GLASGOW, Mont.) – The S&B Minerals North America, Inc., plan of operations to mine Bentonite in a 17.8 acre area has been approved by the Bureau of Land Management Glasgow Field Office.

“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.

The project area is approximately 20 miles southwest of Glasgow, Mont.

“The project is in a Sagebrush Focal Area. However, in line with our new Resource Management Plan, the BLM is honoring valid and existing rights on unpatented mining claims,” explained BLM Glasgow Field Manager Pat Gunderson.

S&B plans to complete mining operations within a 30 to 60 day time frame, between July 15 and Dec. 1, 2016.

An Environmental Assessment completed by BLM specialists is available at: http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/glasgow_field_office.html
Monday, April 4th 2016
Richard Schuhrke, who was convicted of sexual intercourse without consent in Valley County in 2004, has died in Missoula.
A Montana State Prison inmate who was serving time for rape and sexually abusing children died Thursday in a Missoula hospital, prison officials said.

Richard Schuhrke, 76, died at St. Patrick Hospital after an extended illness.

Schuhrke was convicted in 2004 of felony sexual intercourse without consent in Valley County. In 2011, he was convicted of felony sexual abuse of children in Missoula County.

A native of Illinois, Schuhrke was eligible for parole in December 2011. His prison discharge date was set for August.

Monday, April 4th 2016
Hunter Education Class Offered in Wolf Point
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Wolf Point area.

There will be a youth classroom course April 18-22, and April 25 will be test night and graduation.
To be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2016 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16, 2017. Students aged 10 and 11 can take the course and hunt as an apprentice, but will not be fully certified until the year they turn 12. All registrants for this event must be 10 years of age by April 18, 2016.

The hunter education class will be held at the Fort Peck Community College building at 301 Benton Street in Wolf Point. Classes will run from 6-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, and at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 25 for the test and graduation.

Parents need to register their students for this class. To register and learn more about the hunter education classes offered, please go to the FWP website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov. Look under the “Education” tab, go to the “Hunter Education” heading, and click on the “Hunter education programs” link. On the next screen, click on the “Find a class or field course” and follow the directions from there. Please make sure to print out all required files, and sign all necessary forms.

Parents, please have students pick up the Hunter Education Manual from Hi Line Sports starting on April 8. Students are to read each chapter and complete all chapter quizzes before class on Monday, April 18. If there are any questions, please contact lead instructor Shane Reed at 406-650-4628.

Monday, April 4th 2016
Rodney Harrell Charged With Felony Drug Offense
The Valley County Sheriff's Office with help from the Glasgow Police Department arrested a 43-year old Butte, Montana man on a felony drug charge.

Rodney Carlton Harrell, age 43, was arrested Friday and charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs-methamphetamine.

Harrell has an extensive criminal history and according to Sheriff Glen Meier, this is the 6th drug offense that Harrell has been charged with in his lifetime.

Harrell has multi-state convictions including a burglary charge for which he was convicted in Valley County in 2015.

Monday, April 4th 2016
Annual Fort Peck Reservoir Walleye Spawning Operation Gearing Up, Volunteers Welcome
Warmer temperatures and melted ice mean the annual walleye spawning operation on Fort Peck Reservoir is beginning early this year and will soon be in full swing. Volunteers are always welcome, and needed, for the success of this operation.

According to Heath Headley, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Fort Peck biologist, agency staff and volunteers will again be trapping fish and taking eggs from areas in the upper Big Dry Arm of the reservoir. “The reservoir is about 2 feet lower than last year,” Headley said, “but we will continue to focus the operation near Nelson Creek.”

FWP staff have been working on setting up spawning barges, holding pens, and test nets since the last week in March. Headley hopes to be in full operation now in early April. “If the test nets have enough ripe walleye in them to start spawning, we will begin a full operation immediately,” Headley said. “We plan on needing full crews (including volunteers) from the beginning of April through the end of April, but we have gone into May in the past. We are looking to continue until we have our goal for this year, which is 50-60 million eggs.”

Walleye spawning activity on Fort Peck Reservoir usually doesn’t pick up until the second or third week of April, and the peak typically takes place somewhere between April 18 - 21. However, the timing and success of the spawn is heavily dependent on water temperature, which can fluctuate greatly. Headley noted, “The activities of fish are very dependent on water temperatures. And you never know what is going to happen with spring weather in eastern Montana.”

Last year, FWP staff and volunteers captured 18 different fish species for a total of 5,280 fish from March 31-April 23. Of that total, 1,740 were walleye. Female walleye collected averaged 7.6 pounds, with males averaging 2.9 pounds. The biggest walleye measured was 15.9 pounds and 32.4 inches.
64 million walleye eggs were collected from the ripe females. From those eggs, 3.6-million fingerlings and 25.3-million fry were stocked back into Fort Peck Reservoir. Various other walleye waters throughout the state are also supplied with fish as a result of this annual egg-taking effort.
Volunteers, Headley says, are key to the operation. “We wouldn’t be able to set all the trap nets, collect fish, and spawn them on a daily basis unless we had help,” he explained. “Volunteers are the main reason this has been so successful over the years.”

Prospective volunteers who contact Headley at 406-526-3471, EXT 206, will receive an information packet containing a self-addressed envelope and volunteer form, which must be completed and signed. Parents or guardians must sign the form for minors.

“Folks are asked to supply their preferred dates to volunteer, so they should list the dates they desire,” Headley said. “We will call to confirm the dates, so it’s important for volunteers to provide us with phone numbers where they can be reached both day and night. It should be noted that most weekends are nearly full.”

FWP will supply waders, raincoats, and cotton gloves, but volunteers should bring the following:
· Warm clothing, preferably in layers
· Food for cold lunches
· Camera equipment

Each day of the operation starts at 8 a.m. in the conference room at the Fort Peck Hatchery. FWP will provide transportation from the hatchery to the spawning sites and back.

For those folks not able to volunteer, but who still want to keep up with the spawning activity, there is another avenue of outreach. Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager, will be posting frequent updates from Headley about the walleye spawn to the Region 6 Facebook page. Updates will include current efforts and status, data on fish and eggs collected, and photos and videos.

“This will be a great way to keep the interested public updated on our egg-collecting efforts on a weekly basis,” Kloker said. “Providing photos and videos of the fish, volunteers, and the operation in general will give everyone a virtual first-hand experience. Please “like” and “follow” by going to the Region 6 Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MontanaFWP.R6.

Friday, April 1st 2016
Some Region 6 Block Management Areas Open For 216 Spring Turkey Season
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and participating land owners will open some Block Management Areas (BMAs) for spring turkey hunting along the Milk River and also one area south of Zortman.
Up to 11 BMAs could be open for the spring turkey season, beginning April 9, and running through May 15. Most of the properties are located along the Milk River between Hinsdale and Nashua. One additional property is located just south of Zortman in Goslin Flats, which is a portion of the Square Butte BMA.
“The BMA spring turkey hunt worked well for both landowners and hunters last year, and landowners are looking forward to opening their property again this spring,” said Tim Potter, Jr., Region 6 FWP Hunting Access Coordinator. “We are very pleased that we are able to provide this opportunity again. Just remember that many of these properties are in the middle of calving and other farming activities during the spring. Please be cautious and respectful around these properties as well with other landowners not in the program.”

Last year, there were 223 hunter days recorded on the nine participating BMAs. Normally, the BMA season runs from the beginning of September (opening of upland bird and archery) until January 1 (the closing of upland birds).

BMA access will be granted through a traditional sign-in box on the properties, and will be advertised by a green sign titled “2016 Spring Turkey.” Signing in will allow hunters access only for turkey hunting. Other activities such as shed hunting, fishing, or small game hunting are not allowed. Permission for such activities must be separately allowed by the landowner.

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 31st 2016
New forms make it easier to register to vote in Montana
The Montana Vehicle Division has revamped many of its forms to help make it easier to register to vote, amid pressure from voter rights groups who said the state was not doing enough to comply with the national Motor Voter law.

Without fanfare, the division rolled out the new forms earlier this month. It was hailed by advocates as an important step in boosting voter registration rolls — now about 637,000 in Montana — especially among the poor and young.

Now, anyone eligible to vote can register using the same form to apply for a driver's license — without filling out a separate document, as was previously required.

The Montana Department of Health and Human Services, which operates the state's food stamp program, is also working to address issues raised by the groups.

State officials are scheduled to meet with representatives from Project Vote, a Washington-based advocacy group that joined several Montana organizations to push for changes.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch, Montana's chief election officer, has no authority over other state agencies but has been acting as a mediator to help the government better comply with the National Voter Registration Act, also known as the Motor Voter law.

"This is an important federal law that requires the government to help those receiving public assistance or those obtaining a driver's license to register to vote," McCulloch said. "I am adamant that we fully enforce this law, which is why we are working with other state agencies and Project Vote to strengthen Montanans' access to register to vote through these services."

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Voter rights advocates have been pushing states to enact a seamless process to register citizens to vote.

Like many states, Montana residents applying for driver's licenses or public assistance could use that opportunity to register to vote. But until recently the registration process required additional steps, including filling out a separate form to register to vote.

"Project Vote raised these concerns and we promptly looked at their concerns," said John Barnes, a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office, which oversees the state's vehicle division. "We made minor adjustments to existing forms, and we've addressed the issues they've brought forward."

Unlike Oregon and California, which last year became the first two states to automatically register voters, Montana still requires people to "opt in" to register to vote.

The new forms ask driver's license applicants for the usual information, but they now ask whether a person wants to register to vote or opt out. If they decide to register, applicants must affirm their eligibility to vote — such as their citizenship, age and state residency — and sign the document.

The Motor Vehicle Division will forward the information electronically to the appropriate county elections office. In addition, the motor vehicle agency will forward address changes to help keep voter registration rolls current.

Between 2012 and 2014, nearly 27,000 Montanans registered to vote through the motor vehicle offices, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

Wednesday, March 30th 2016
State PSC Rejects 8-Million Dollar Electric Rate Increase Requested By Northwestern Energy

MTN News-Helena) The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday rejected an 8-million-dollar electric rate increase requested by NorthWestern Energy – but just barely.

On a three-two vote, the P-S-C said NorthWestern cannot charge Montana ratepayers for costs related to a seven-month outage at the Colstrip-four power plant in 2013.

The utility had to buy power to replace electricity not coming from Colstrip – and sought to charge ratepayers for that replacement power.

But a majority of the commission said NorthWestern took no precautions, or other steps, to protect consumers from outage costs.

A state consumer office, and two environmental groups, argued NorthWestern should bear the costs.

Commissioners Brad Johnson, Roger Koopman and Travis Kavulla agreed, and voted to deny NorthWestern’s the request.

Commissioners Kirk Bushman and Bob Lake voted for the utility, saying they saw no proof that it acted imprudently.

The increase had been granted on an interim basis – so, now, NorthWestern customers should see a reduction in their electric bills.

Wednesday, March 30th 2016
Glasgow High School Graduate and MSU faculty member Blake Wiedenheft invited to inaugurate lecture series by director of National Institute of General Medical Sciences
A Montana State University faculty member has been invited by the director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to give the inaugural lecture in a series encouraging undergraduates to pursue careers in science.

Blake Wiedenheft, MSU Department of Microbiology and Immunology assistant professor, has been invited to lecture by Jon R. Lorsch, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIGMS. Wiedenheft will deliver the lecture at the National Institutes of Health, NIH, in Bethesda, Maryland, on Wednesday, April 13, from 12-1 p.m. Mountain Time The lecture will be streamed live on the web and available for later viewing. MSU’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology is a joint department of the colleges of agriculture and letters and science.

Part of the NIH, the NIGMS manages a $2.5 billion budget supporting basic biological research that lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. NIGMS funding supports more than 3,000 investigators and 4,500 research grants – over 11 percent of the total number of research grants funded by NIH as a whole.

“Blake is an exceptional early career scientist who is doing cutting-edge research involving the CRISPR gene-editing system,” said Lorsch, “In addition to his exemplary research, he’s actively involved in mentoring, education and outreach activities. These qualities make him the perfect choice to give our inaugural lecture for undergraduate students.”

Called the NIGMS Director’s Early Career Scientist Lecture, the series is designed to put dynamic early career scientists who are working on exciting problems before an audience of undergraduate students followed by a moderated question-and-answer session focused on the researcher’s career, Lorsch said.

Wiedenheft’s lecture, “Bacteria, Their Viruses, and How They Taught Us to Perform Genome Surgery,” will be about the use of CRISPR, a gene-editing system named Science magazine’s “breakthrough of the year” for 2015.

“Bacteria, like people, are infected by viruses. These bacteria-infecting viruses are the most abundant biological entities on earth and they have a profound impact on microbial communities in every ecological setting – including inside our own bodies,” said Wiedenheft. “My career has been dedicated to understanding how viruses infect bacteria and also how bacteria are – in some cases – able to fend those viruses off.”

CRISPR gene-editing technology is allowing Wiedenheft to explore the mechanisms driving virus infection and bacterial immunity.

“By understanding these mechanisms, we may be able to engineer cellular machines with new functions for applications in biotechnology and medicine,” Wiedenheft said.

Students who plan to watch the lecture live on the Web can submit questions ahead of time by emailing Jilliene Drayton, NIGMS public liaison, at draytonj@nigms.nih.gov by Friday, April 8. They can also send questions before or during the lecture on Twitter using the hashtag #ecilecture.
Wiedenheft will also talk about pivotal moments in his history that led him into a life of science.
“I want students to know that it doesn’t matter where they grew up, if they are interested in science there are doors waiting to open for them, and MSU is a key that will help them unlock incredible opportunities,” Wiedenheft said.

The son of a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries manager, Wiedenheft grew up in Fort Peck, Montana and attended high school in Glasgow, Montana. He graduated from Glasgow High School in 1993 and received his Bachelor of Science in microbiology from MSU in 1998. Wiedenheft worked as a fisheries biologist in Alaska before returning to graduate school at MSU, where he earned his doctorate from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in 2006.

Wiedenheft then moved to Berkeley, California, where he served as a Howard Hughes fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation in Jennifer Doudna’s lab at the University of California -Berkeley. In 2012, Wiedenheft returned to MSU, joining the faculty in MSU’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Wiedenheft currently runs an NIH-funded research program focused on understanding the mechanisms bacteria employ to defend themselves from infection and the counter defense strategies that viruses use to subvert these defense systems.

Tuesday, March 29th 2016
Glasgow High School Student Organizing Snack-Pack Program For Elementary Students
Glasgow High School Junior Morgan Guttenberg is in the process of putting together a Snack-Pack program for the elementary students in the Glasgow Public School system. The idea originated after Morgan attended a retreat regarding the growing problem of childhood hunger in Montana. At the retreat, Morgan learned about actions that could be taken to help end this problem. Her goal with this program is to provide healthy snacks on the weekends to those children in need.
She has contacted a number of local businesses for help with the program and has had phenomenal support. Now she needs the help of the community members. On Saturday morning, April 9th, GHS Key Club and GHS Student Council members will be canvassing the residential areas of Glasgow collecting items to use in the Snack-Pack program. If you would like to donate any of the following items, then please put them in plastic bags and leave them on your doorstep by 9:00 a.m. and these students will pick them up.

Items needed are:
Zip Loc bags (sandwich size)
Juice boxes
Sandwich crackers
Jiff Creamy to-go Peanut Butter
Small Boxes of cereal
Fruit cups
Animal Crackers (individually packaged)
Package of Saltine/Ritz Crackers/Gold fish crackers
Applesauce cups
Cheez-it (individually packaged)
Trail Mixes (individually packaged)
Assorted Dried Fruit (raisins, craisins, etc.)
Fruit snacks
Granola Bars

If you have any questions for Morgan she can be contacted at morganguttenberg@gmail.com.

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