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Corps Studying Possible Construction Of Weather Stations To Improve Flood Control

Monday, January 20th 2020

The Army Corps of Engineers is studying the possible construction of an $11.1 million network of weather stations to improve flood control across the Upper Missouri River Basin.

The Billings Gazette reports stations are being upgraded for proof of concept in Bozeman and in Sheridan, Wyoming, and Brookings, South Dakota. After the systems and equipment demonstrate their capability, Corps officials propose installing 360 similar stations at a cost of more than $31,000 each.

The details of the study are contained in a draft environmental assessment of updates to the three soil moisture and plains snowpack monitoring stations.

Ice Yacht Competition Set For This Week On Fort Peck Reservoir

Monday, January 20th 2020

Something unique is going on Fort Peck Reservoir this week.

The Twenty20 DN Championships are set to start this Wednesday. A DN is a type of ice yacht. Competitions are held on frozen lakes, and for the first time, one of the race series will be held at Fort Peck.

The events will conclude on Friday.

For more information, visit the group's Facebook page.

Children's Museum Of Northeast Montana Receives Grant For Exterior Signage

Friday, January 17th 2020

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Department of Commerce Director Tara Rice today announced 25 organizations in 23 communities across Montana will receive funding to strengthen local economies through tourism and outdoor recreation-related activities.

Funds totaling $750,000 will be awarded through the Tourism Grant Program at the Montana Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism and Business Development.
“Experiencing Montana is all about visiting charming, vibrant communities and taking in the breathtaking landscapes and unspoiled nature found across our state,” Rice said. “This funding invests in communities all over Montana to help them enhance or create tourism and recreation assets that will strengthen local economies.”

In 2018, 12.4 million non-resident visitors added $3.7 billion to Montana’s economy. That was a nearly 11 percent increase over 2017 visitor spending.

The following organizations will be awarded funding:
• The Alberta Bair Theater, Inc. in Billings will receive $61,998 to install a digital marquee on exterior walls and in the newly renovated Alberta Bair Theater
• The Anaconda Local Development Corporation will receive $20,426 to develop mapping and wayfinding to enhance local outdoor trail experiences
• The Bitterroot Resource Conservation and Development District for Ravalli County Tourism Business Improvement District in Hamilton will receive $2,500 to market film tourism opportunities in the Bitterroot Valley
• Blackfeet Manpower in Browning will receive $29,166 to develop the Buffalo Calf Interpretive Visitor Center and install lighting and security in the campground
• The city of Boulder will receive $5,000 to construct a visitor information kiosk in Boulder’s Veterans Park
• The Children's Museum of Northeast Montana in Glasgow will receive $4,500 for exterior signage on the renovated museum’s exterior
• The Choteau Area Port Authority (city of Choteau) will receive $8,800 for brand development and marketing of the Choteau area
• The city of Columbia Falls will receive $85,000 to improve restroom and parking amenities at the River's Edge Park
• The town of Culbertson will receive $58,967 to develop a community fishing pond and walking path to enhance outdoor recreation activities
• The Daniels County Museum Association in Scobey will receive $28,788 to repair the Daniels County Museum & Pioneer Town Watts House
• The Eureka Youth Sports League will receive $50,000 to build a roller and ice hockey rink, as well as running and biking trails in the new, multiuse Eureka Sports & Recreational Park
• The Gallatin Ice Foundation will receive $120,000 to expand the Ice Barn at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds into a four-season arena
• The Libby Area Chamber of Commerce will receive $4,833 to develop and print a high-quality visitor's guide with digital availability
• The city of Malta will receive $13,000 to restore a transportation stagecoach crafted by the Weisenhorn Carriage Company of Helena in 1890
• The Missoula Downtown Foundation will receive $10,000 to install pedestrian wayfinding and heritage interpretation kiosks in the downtown area
• The Montana State Parks Foundation will receive $13,000 to develop an interactive showcase for Southwest Montana’s state parks
• The Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Lame Deer will receive $53,300 to construct new bathroom and shower facilities and picnic areas in the Cheyenne Chiefs Powwow Facility
• The Peoples Partner For Community Development in Lame Deer will receive $15,150 to construct a welcoming entrance to the Jessie Mullin Picture Museum and to purchase exhibit cases for photographs
• The Red Lodge Area Community Foundation will receive $33,467 to install lighting and perimeter boards and replace necessary equipment for the Red Lodge Ice Rink
• The city of Shelby will receive $4,000 to design, construct, and install a north entrance welcome sign into the city
• The Sidney Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will receive $14,000 to enhance signage for wayfinding into and throughout Sidney
• Timescale Adventures (TMDC) in Bynum will receive $53,700 to upgrade infrastructure at the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center
• The town of Virginia City will receive $20,000 to develop the Virginia City Central Park with signage and picnic tables
• The town of West Yellowstone will receive $32,500 for exterior improvements to the relocated Rendezvous Ski Trail Archway and Trailhead Building
• Wibaux County will receive $7,905 to restore the Pierre Wibaux House on the Wibaux Museum Complex

Meteorologist Patrick Gilchrist Explains Recent Weather

Friday, January 17th 2020

With temperatures dropping to 20 below and snow falling it begs the question....how does it snow when its that cold? Kltz recently asked Glasgow Meteorologist Patrick Gilchrist to explain how this happens.

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/patrick-weather

Senator Tester Updates On Assistance To Wheat Farmers In Northeast Montana

Friday, January 17th 2020

Senator Jon Tester gave an update on the USDA providing support to wheat farmers in Northeast Montana who could not harvest due to excessive moisture.

https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/tester-disaster-aid

Campaign Underway To Legalize Marijuana In Montana

Wednesday, January 15th 2020

HELENA (AP) — A campaign to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana use has submitted two proposed ballot initiatives for state review, the group "New Approach Montana" announced.

The first ballot proposal would legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults in Montana, establish a regulatory framework and a 20% sales tax. Part of the tax money would be used to reduce the tax on medical marijuana from 2% to 1%.

The second ballot issue is a constitutional amendment that would restrict marijuana consumption, like alcohol, to people age 21 or older.

The initiatives were delivered to the Secretary of State and Legislative Services Division on Monday, Montana Public Radio reported. The Attorney General must approve the language before the group can start gathering signatures in an effort to put the issues before voters in November 2020.

The group would need over 25,000 signatures by June to put the marijuana legalization issue on the ballot and almost 51,000 signatures to qualify the constitutional amendment for the ballot.

Montana currently has a Medical Marijuana Program with 36,422 Montana residents holding a Medical Marijuana Card allowing them to legally access marijuana.

There are 195 residents in Valley County with a Medical Marijuana Card.

Community Cash Program A Success According To Glasgow Area Chamber Of Commerce

Wednesday, January 15th 2020

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture had a very successful holiday season with its Annual Community Cash program.

The Community Cash Script was available starting on October 16, 2019 at First Community Bank in Glasgow/Hinsdale, Bank of Glasgow and Independence Bank. The purpose of the Community Cash program is to encourage people in our area to “Shop Local”. The Glasgow merchants offer a variety of quality products along with outstanding customer service.

In 2019, 67 Chamber business members participated in the program with 43 loans totaling $39,603 from Bank of Glasgow, 34 loans totaling $29,820 from FCB, and 18 loans totaling $16,300 from Independence Bank for a total of $85,723 dollars Spent Locally!

The Chamber Big Bucks program was also very successful. From October 1st thru December 31st, 2019 alone, $43,925 of Chamber Big Bucks was purchased from the Chamber Office. With both programs $129,648 was spent LOCALLY during the 2019 Holiday season in Glasgow. The Chamber thanks everybody for participating in these programs and supporting our local merchants! “BUY LOCALLY AND THE BUCK STAYS HERE”

Strommen Sentencing Postponed To February 4th In Great Falls

Tuesday, January 14th 2020

Former Valley County Undersheriff Luke Strommen will be sentenced February 4th in Great Falls as his original sentencing set for earlier this month was postponed. In October, Strommen pleaded guilty to one count of felony sexual abuse of a child and could be sentenced to 10 years in prison with all time suspended.

Strommen entered into a plea deal with the Montana Attorneys General Office in October. Judge John Larson can either accept or reject the sentence in the agreement. If he rejects it, Strommen will have the option to withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial on the charge.

Strommen still faces a felony charge of sexual intercourse without consent and will go to trial on that charge in March.

The 10-year suspended sentence means Strommen will not do any jail time but must undergo a pre-sentence investigation and a psycho-sexual evaluation.

Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council Meets Jan. 17 At The Fort Peck Interpretive Center

Tuesday, January 14th 2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 6 Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) will meet from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center in Fort Peck.

The meeting is open to the public and will include wildlife, fisheries, enforcement, and other updates from Region 6 FWP, and a roundtable discussion with CAC members.

Each of FWP’s seven administrative regions has a volunteer CAC to help guide policies and programs. The Region 6 group meets three times a year.

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

Hi-Line Sportsmen Banquet Is On Leap Day

Monday, January 13th 2020

Save the date and plan to attend the 4th annual conservation fundraising dinner hosted by the Hi-Line Sportsmen on Saturday evening, Feb. 29 at Glasgow’s St. Raphael’s Parish Center gymnasium.

That’s right: it’s Leap Day, and a rare opportunity to win a gun, share an evening with your neighbors, support local conservation, and eat a perfectly roasted prime rib dinner.

Tickets for the banquet are limited in number and are available from more than a dozen members of the local chapter committee. Deadline to purchase early-bird tickets—which include a chance to win two tickets to the Diamond Rio concert at this summer’s Northeast Montana Fair as well as to get a discount on raffle tickets—is Feb. 17.

Doors open on Feb. 29 at 4:30 p.m. for drinks and games. A prime rib dinner with all the trimmings will be served starting at 6 p.m.

Single tickets cost $30 and couples tickets are $50. Sponsor couples tickets are $200, and include a sponsor gift. Or get a group of friends together and buy a sponsor table for 8 for $800. Sponsor tables include a specially designated Hi-Line Sportsmen premium binocular to give away to tablemates.

The banquet features a wide variety of art, home furnishings and hardware, raffle prizes for women and youngsters, and plenty of sporting goods on the general raffle. In addition, nearly a dozen guns will be auctioned or raffled over the course of the evening. Special items include the final team spot in this summer’s Milk River Catfish Classic fishing tournament, a super-premium hunting rifle, special scholarship guns, and custom hunting knives.

All funds from the banquet stay in the local community. Hi-Line Sportsmen is a non-profit conservation group committed to improving wildlife habitat, sportsmen access, and passing on sporting traditions in Valley County and neighboring communities.

Proceeds from previous banquets have funded scholarships for college-bound Valley County students, purchased docks at the Fort Peck Marina, helped Fish, Wildlife & Parks with access projects, assisted the creation of a local .22 rifle league, electrified camping areas at Boy Scout Park, contributed hundreds of pounds of venison to the Glasgow Food Bank, and matched beginning hunters with experienced mentors. A major donation to benefit local sportsmen will be announced at the banquet.

For more information on the Feb. 29 banquet and Hi-Line Sportsmen, visit the group’s Facebook page, or call Jennifer Jackson at 263-7339, Jace Ball at 230-0833, or Andrew McKean at 263-5442.

Region 6 Hunting Season Proposals For 2020-2021

Monday, January 13th 2020

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold public meetings in northeast Montana in January to gather comments on proposed hunting seasons & rules for the next 2 years. Interested hunters are encouraged to attend these meetings to hear the proposals, ask questions, & make comments.

Proposed hunting season changes were tentatively approved by the Fish & Wildlife Commission at their December meeting, which are then put out for public comment. Tentative season proposals include both statewide & local hunting regulations for all big game, migratory birds, & upland game birds.

Every 2 years FWP considers changes to all hunting seasons, proposes changes from the previous biennium, & encourages public comment before the Fish & Wildlife Commission makes its final decisions in February.

Many of the proposed changes this year in Region 6 focus on simplifying the hunting regulations, including: Consolidating various hunting districts outside of the Missouri Breaks; Aligning deer, elk, & antelope to have similar hunting districts & boundaries; Consolidating and/or eliminating various elk licenses & permits; Adjusting HD 622 bighorn sheep boundary.

The public is encouraged to visit the FWP website for the full proposals or attend a public meeting. There is also an online “movie presentation” of the season setting proposals for each Region available online at fwp.mt.gov , MontanaFWP on YouTube, & on the Region 6 Facebook page.

In northeast Montana, all public meetings are scheduled for 6 - 8p.m. Glasgow’s meeting is Thurs. Jan. 16th at the Cottonwood Inn. Comments may be submitted at these public meetings, online at fwp.mt.gov, emailed to fwpwld@mt.gov or by mail to: FWP Wildlife Division, “attn: hunting season proposals,” PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620.

Comments are due by 5p.m. Jan. 22, 2020. If there are any questions about the Region 6 meetings, please call the Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow, 406-228-3700. FWP ensures that its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. To request special accommodations to any of these meetings, please contact 406-228-3700.

Glasgow Kiwanis Recruitment Meeting Is Wednesday

Monday, January 13th 2020

The Glasgow Kiwanis Club’s annual membership recruitment meeting is Wed. Jan. 15th at 5p.m. at the Glasgow Elks Club. If this interests you, come join us & learn more about how you can help.

Kiwanis club members are inviting guests as potential members to join Kiwanis in serving the children of the world, one child & one community at a time. Kiwanis International was formed in 1915, & the Glasgow Kiwanis Club was formed in 1923.

Kiwanis sponsors the Glasgow Kiwanis Swim Team, Boy Scout Troop 861, the High School Key Club, the Middle School Builders Club, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, the BUG (Bring Up Grades) program in the schools, & many other projects.

Kiwanis also participates in world-wide service projects such as preventing Iodine Deficiency & immunizing against Maternal & Neo-Natal Tetanus. Our club meetings are generally held on the 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays, usually at the Cottonwood Inn at noon unless replaced by a special program. Any & all are welcome to come & learn more about what Kiwanis is all about.

Tweten And Bryan Officially File For New Terms As Commissioner And Clerk Of Court

Friday, January 10th 2020

Thursday was the first day to file for political office in Montana for the 2020 political year. There are also local races that are up for election in Valley County. The Valley County Commission seat currently held by Paul Tweten is up for election this year and the Valley County Clerk of District Court position held by Shelly Bryan is up for election.

Tweten filed for another 6-year term on Thursday and Bryan filed for another 4-year term on Friday.

Also officially running for the Montana Legislature is Glasgow resident Joyce Stone who is a Republican candidate in House District #33. This House Seat is currently held by Republican Casey Knudsen of Malta who filed his paperwork on Friday. This sets up a Primary Election between Knudsen and Stone.

The filing will end March 9th.

The Primary Election is set for June 2nd and the General Election on November 3rd.

Governor Bullock Announces $320,000 in Grants to Native American Businesses

Thursday, January 9th 2020

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock this week awarded $320,000 in funding to support the growth of 25 Native American-owned businesses across Montana through the Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grant program.

“Encouraging the growth of Native American-owned and operated businesses boosts not only the businesses themselves, but also helps strengthen local economies in the communities they operate in,” Governor Bullock said. “Indian Equity Fund dollars are an important investment in the future of businesses and tribal communities across Montana.”

Each business will receive between $7,000 and $14,000 to help with costs related to land purchases, building, equipment, assets, technology, operational costs, and working capital.

The Indian Equity Fund builds partnerships with tribal governments by investing in Native American entrepreneurships and small businesses and encouraging economic development in tribal nations for the benefit of tribal communities and members.

The following businesses will receive grants through the Indian Equity Fund:

Blackfeet Nation
• Leaning Tree Campground, Cabins, Cafe and Store, Doug Fitzgerald (Babb)
• Hometown Dollar Store, Ellen Burdeau (Browning)
• OC Welding, Jonilee Running Fisher (East Glacier)
Chippewa Cree Tribe
• Digital Cleaners, Wilson Mitchell (Box Elder)
• Kyotee Construction, Troy Henderson (Box Elder)
• Diamond M Towing, Pearl Morsette (Box Elder)
• Tim's Tire Repair, Timothy Koop (Box Elder)
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
• Hunter Towing and Hauling, Richard Hunter (Ronan)
• Lawn Snowbusters, Helen White Quills (Ronan)
• Water People Tours, Keya Birdsbill-Camel (Ronan)
Crow Nation
• Wellknown Buffalo Café, Peggy Wellknown Buffalo (Garryowen)
• Tommy B. Robinson Photography, Tommy Robinson (Lame Deer)
• Not Afraid Equine, Jeremy Not Afraid (Lodge Grass)
• Maggie's Café, Emerley Thex (Ashland)
Fort Belknap Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Tribes
• Rope Savvy, Emma Filesteel (Harlem)
• KL Construction & Realty, Kenneth Lewis (Lodgepole)
• Denise's Place, Denise Werk (Hays)
Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux
• ABC Automotive, Eldon Porras (Wolf Point)
• RezKast Media LLC, Adriann Ricker (Poplar)
• White Bear Farrier Service, Kaiden White Bear (Wolf Point)
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe
• Integrity Resources Archaeology LLC, Virginia O’Boyle (Bonner)
• Rose Hollow Catering, Ashley Woodward (Billings)
Northern Cheyenne Tribe
• Fred Bement Landscaping, Fred Bement (Ashland)
• Lynch Coulee Lube, LLC, Quanah Magpie (Lame Deer)
• Spoon + Fork Soups and Salads, JT Martin (Lame Deer)

Grants through the Indian Equity Fund are awarded through a competitive application process administered by the Department of Commerce. Funding awards require in-kind matching funds from grant recipients. Applicants are encouraged to work with their local Native American Business Advisors year-round not only to put together competitive applications, but also to gain valuable business skills and access to business counseling services.

Paul Tweten Files For Another Term On Valley County Commission

Thursday, January 9th 2020

Thursday is the first day to file for political office in Montana for the 2020 political year. There are also local races that are up for election in Valley County. The Valley County Commission seat currently held by Paul Tweten is up for election this year and the Valley County Clerk of District Court position held by Shelly Bryan is up for election.

Today is the first day to file for election and the filing will end March 9th.

The Primary Election is set for June 2nd and the General Election on November 3rd.

*Update Paul Tweten officially filed for another 6-year term on the Valley County Commission

Fort Peck Reservoir Fish And Hatchery Crews Receive Award

Monday, January 6th 2020

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks is pleased to announce that the Region 6 Fort Peck Reservoir Fisheries Management team of Heath Headley, Jeff Remus and Bill Viste in tandem with the Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery team of Wade Geraets, Ryan Lott, Matt Baxter and BJ Erickson have received the 2020 the “Outstanding Public Service and Sport Fish Project – Team of the Year Award” for their service to the sportsmen and women of Montana.

According to Region 6 Fisheries Manager Steve Dalbey, this group “has demonstrated a can-do attitude over the past several years.”

The two crews are independent teams, as the Fisheries Management crew is part of Region 6 management, whereas the Hatchery crew is managed out of Helena. However, both of these crews are working towards a common goal: to produce the highest quality fishery in Fort Peck Reservoir.

“They are the staff out there in all types of weather and at all hours of the day to produce walleye and chinook salmon eggs for the state of Montana and beyond,” added Dalbey. “They have consistently exceeded expectations collecting and raising record numbers of walleye and chinook eggs for stocking back into Fort Peck Reservoir and other waters across Montana. The coordination between these two teams deserves this special acknowledgment.”

Seven More Scotties Receive Aid from GHS Educational Trust

Thursday, January 2nd 2020

At its recent semi-annual meeting, trustees of the Glasgow High School Educational Trust awarded financial aid to seven GHS alumni who will be attending college or trade school during the Spring 2020 semester. These seven are in addition to the 27 students who applied for and received awards last summer to help pay for both semesters of the 2019-2020 academic year.

While this number is impressive, it could be and should be twice as high. With ever-rising tuition and fees and growing student loan debt, financial aid from the GHS Educational Trust may play an important part in enabling GHS graduates and their parents to manage the burden. These awards are gifts: they do not have to be repaid.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was established in 1964 by the Glasgow High School Class of 1938. Donations of cash, stock, and real estate from supporters across the nation have grown the corpus of the trust to over $8.5 million dollars. Interest earned on its investments is awarded to eligible applicants through a semi-annual process administered by the trustees. Application deadlines are July 1 and Oct. 15 of each year.

All Glasgow High School graduates who have completed one year of college or one semester of trade school, are in good academic standing, attending full-time (12 semester credits minimum) either on campus or online, and showing steady progress toward completion of a degree or certification are encouraged to apply. The application, which lists additional requirements that must be met, is available at www.ghsedutrust.org. It must be completed properly, thoroughly, and submitted on time to be considered. Financial need has always been a primary consideration; therefore, the trust has established levels of support to meet students’ diverse needs, and it distributes the funds available accordingly.

Students may reapply for additional aid for a total of eight semesters if they meet all of the eligibility requirements. To date, the trust has made 2,404 awards to 736 different students totaling $2,325,500.00.

In addition to the application, the trust’s website lists information about making donations, contacting trustees, and past awards. Prospective applicants are encouraged to log on at least six weeks before the application deadline(s) to ensure that they have time to collect all of the forms and documents necessary to complete the process.

The founders of the Glasgow High School Educational Trust and its many donors since have made an investment in this community and in the future of its young people. They valued higher education and realized that it offers students an opportunity to strive for a brighter future for themselves, their community, and their country. Become a part of this honorable legacy by applying for aid or by contributing to its ongoing success.

The following seven students were the most recent recipients of gifts from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust in honor, memory, or recognition of the individual(s)’ name(s) that follow:

First-time Recipients:
Brinlie Nielsen, Minnesota State University, IMO James “Jim” A. Parke;
Darrin W. Wersal, Dakota College of Bottineau, IMO Anita E. Little.

Second-time Recipients:
Trent Herbert, North Dakota State College of Science, IMO Richard “Dick” and Mary Lou Alley Wagenhals;
Rachel Mickelson, Utah State University, IMO Mitchel “Mitch” J. Etchart.

Third-time Recipeints:
Amy Nelson, Rocky Mountain College, IMO Dr. Nancy Lee Etchart;
Jason Thibault, Dickinson State University, IHO James and Ailene Dokken Olk Family.

Fourth-time Recipient:
Luke Zeiger, Diver’s Institute of Technology, IMO Ronald A. Combs.

Valley County’s Conservation District Represented Strong At MACDs Annual Gathering In Kalispell.

Thursday, January 2nd 2020

The Valley County Conservation District Directors and District Administrator traveled to Kalispell to attend a statewide gathering of Montana Area Conservation Districts, bringing 6 resolutions from Valley County to the table. The Resolutions address issues concerning water, soil, land use & District operations in Valley County.

A successful policy is achieved by working with partners and utilizing available resources at a local, state and national level to resolve issues that make a lasting impact on the needs of Valley County. The resolution process addresses problems and concerns that affect our area and makes necessary changes to Conservation Laws. A strong representation is vital in vying with partners and resources to focus attention to local agriculture issues. Through the process, the Resolutions were reviewed and approved first at the District Area 1 Meeting (including Daniels, Garfield, McCone, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Valley & Petroleum Counties), then, passed by Montana’s Area Conservation Districts Board at the state level (MACD), to begin the process of becoming law.

Valley County’s Conservation District is active and working for you!

The 2019 Resolutions that Passed were: 19-04 Declaring Wolves a Predator in Eastern Montana, 19-05 Requesting the BLM Complete an Environmental Assessment or an Environmental Impact Statement Concerning its Filing on Pre-Existing Water Rights, 19-06 Requesting the BLM Deny the American Prairie Reserve Proposal to remove Interior Fences and Graze Buffalo/Bison Year Round, 19-09 To Fund the Modernization of St. Mary’s Diversion, 19-10 Acquire PILT Funds for US Reacquired Reservation Lands, & 19-11 To Ensure that Counties Distribute PILT funds.. Involved entities are maximizing efforts by continuing to speak with one unified voice to bring these Resolutions forward to Policy at Montana’s Capitol.

Local organizations and producers are encouraged to become involved and invited to attend Glasgow’s Feral Hogs Awareness Seminar & Local Working Group meeting on January 30, 2020. Please contact the Valley County Conservation District office at 228-4321 ext. 101 for more information or with any questions or comments.
Visit https://macdnet.org/yearpassed/2019/?posttypes=resolutions to view the full Resolutions.

State Health Officials Remind Tobacco Product Retailers To Comply With New Federal Law That Makes It Illegal To Sell Tobacco Products To Those Under The Age Of 21

Thursday, January 2nd 2020

State health officials said today that tobacco product retailers in Montana should comply with a new federal law and discontinue tobacco product sales to those under the age of 21. Federal compliance checks will continue to occur under the new minimum age requirement.

On December 20, 2019, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) announced, effective immediately, it is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. https://www.fda.gov/tobacco-products/compliance-enforcement-training/retail-sales-tobacco-products

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is awaiting additional guidance from the FDA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and will provide more information as it becomes available.

The FDA defines tobacco product as “any product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product,” and includes hookah, e-cigarettes (vapes), dissolvables, smokeless tobacco, cigarettes, all cigars, roll-your-own tobacco, pipe tobacco, and future tobacco products that meet the statutory definition of a tobacco product.

“DPHHS strongly supports this new law, which is grounded in public health research and will protect young adults from a lifetime of addiction to nicotine,” DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan said.
Hogan noted that nearly 95% of people who smoke cigarettes started before they turned 21. Increasing the minimum age of sale from 18 to 21 will reduce tobacco use by delaying the age of initiation.

Valley County Commissioners Establish Fire Season

Tuesday, December 31st 2019

Pursuant to the provisions of §7-33-2205, M.C.A., the Board of County Commissioners of Valley County, Montana, hereby establish a fire season for the year 2020, beginning January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020, during which time no person shall set any forest fire, slash-burning fire, debris­-burning fire, or open fire within the County protection area without having obtained an official permit to ignite or set fire from the Valley County Sheriff or Dispatch Office - 228-4333 Opt. 2.

Violation of the above statute may be prosecuted under the provisions of §7-33-2206, M.C.A., which provides that violations of a closed fire season may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor. DATED this 23rd day of December 2019.

Top Ten Taxpayers in Valley County

Monday, December 30th 2019

According to the State of Montana, in Tax Year 2018 the top taxpayer in Valley County was Northern Border Pipeline Company. A total of $18,171,306 was taxed in property taxes in the 2018 tax year according to the State of Montana.

The State of Montana has 15 different classes of property taxes. Agricultural land is Class 3 and $2,914,786 was taxed in Valley County for agricultural land including tillable irrigated land, non-irrigated tillable land, grazing, wild hay and non-qualified agricultural land.

Class 4 is Land and Improvements which includes residential, mobile homes, commercial and industrial. This segment brought in $5,640,415 in taxes with the largest segment, residential, bringing in $3,478,973 in taxes.

The top 10 property taxpayers in Valley County:

1. Northern Border Pipeline
2. BNSF Railway
3. WBI Energy Transmission
4. Northwestern Energy
5. Sagebrush Cellular
6. Norval Electric
7. Nemont Telephone
8. Montana Aviation Research
9. EGT LLC
10. Montana Dakota Utilities

Money Available For Revitalization Of Hell Creek State Park

Sunday, December 29th 2019

UNDATED (AP) — The former chairman of a panel that oversees Montana state parks is recommending spending at least $4 million to revitalize Hell Creek State Park on Fort Peck Reservoir.

Attorney Tom Towe, a special liaison appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock, says money is available.

The Billings Gazette reports state officials previously considered ending management of the park when its lease with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expires in 2021.

But Towe says says in his report to Fish, Wildlife and Parks that state lawmakers' recent investment in a new sewer and water system shows there is support for Hell Creek.

National Weather Service Holding Weather Observer Training on January 3rd

Saturday, December 28th 2019

We will be welcoming the new year with an online CoCoRaHS Winter Training session on 1/3/2020.

If you're a current weather observer for CoCoRaHS and would like to take a refresher on how to best measure and report snow and other frozen precipitation, this training is for you.

New and interested observers are also very welcome to join.

There's still plenty of winter left this year, and if you'd like to make a difference in your community and report your snowfall measurements this is a terrific opportunity for you.

Date: Friday January 3, 2020
Time: 12:00-12:30 PM MST
Training Link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/331948645
Dial into the conference call at: 877-929-2703
Passcode: 8072342#
*Please dial into the call a few minutes prior to the training.

Court Revives Lawsuit Over Yellowstone Bison Management

Thursday, December 26th 2019

BILLINGS (AP) — An appeals court revived a lawsuit filed by an environmental law firm that challenged the U.S. government's management of bison from Yellowstone National Park.

The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a lower court ruling from February that dismissed the lawsuit from the Cottonwood Environmental Law Center.

A three-judge appellate panel said Monday that by allowing hunting and hazing of bison, the federal government had taken actions that were a valid target of the lawsuit.

The panel returned the case to U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon for further proceedings and to decide if Cottonwood's lawyers have valid claims against state officials in Montana, who are also named as a defendant.

Under a 2000 agreement between Montana and U.S. officials, bison leaving Yellowstone during their winter migration are hunted, captured for slaughter or hazed back into the park to prevent the spread of the disease brucellosis.

That agreement has been modified over the years to allow more tolerance for bison in some areas. Cottonwood's lawsuit argues that a new environmental review of the capture and slaughter program is needed.

Valley County Unemployment Rate At 3.4%

Thursday, December 26th 2019

The November unemployment rate for Valley County in November is 3.4% which is the same as the October unemployment rate according to the State of Montana.

The numbers indicate a labor force of 4113 in Valley County with 139 unemployed in the month of November.

Montana had an unemployment rate of of 3.4% with 18,228 unemployed in Montana for the month of November.

Fort Peck Community College Releases Dean's List and President's List

Tuesday, December 24th 2019

Congratulations to all Fort Peck Community College students who made the fall semester 2019 Dean’s List or President’s 4.0 List. To qualify for the Dean’s List or President’s 4.0 List, students must earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher and receive grades of A or B in at least nine credits.
Please note that FPCC is prohibited from publishing graduation and Dean’s List information about students who signed the Student Request to Restrict Release of Directory Information form through the Registrar’s Office.

Fort Peck Community College Dean’s and President’s List Fall 2019 Semester
Dean’s List
Cain, Kaeleigh Smoker, Kenneth Michael Brunelle, Hailey Elizabeth Ryan, Richard M, Jr. Youpee, Alyssa Raelynn Lone Bear, Alex Lee Sullivan, Michael Christian Peterson, Louis Alan Cotton, Collette A. Taypayosatum, Savannah Marie Settlemire, Sabrina Nicole Bodin, Trisha Marie Spotted Wolf, Amy KoLynn Main, Wynn Thomas Mikal Clark, Amber Rose Sutherland, Janaeya Rose Bluestone, Nigel Geoffrey Murdock, Aaron James

President’s List
Vermette, Roxanne Michelle Big Leggins, Carrie Lou Cooper, Michael Keith, III Kohl, Kristen Marie Peterson, Jessica Marie Failing, Jared Raymond Bighorn, James Allen Reese, Taylor Leinen, Sidney Jade

Congratulations to all Fort Peck Community College students who made the fall semester 2019 Dean’s List or President’s 4.0 List. To qualify for the Dean’s List or President’s 4.0 List, students must earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher and receive grades of A or B in at least nine credits.
Please note that FPCC is prohibited from publishing graduation and Dean’s List information about students who signed the Student Request to Restrict Release of Directory Information form through the Registrar’s Office. If your name is not included on either list and you believe it should be, email the Registrar’s Office at Mday@fpcc.edu.

Yellowstone National Park Completes Transfer Of Bison To Fort Peck Land

Tuesday, December 24th 2019

From Krtv.com

BILLINGS — Thirty-three Yellowstone National Park bison now call the Fort Peck Reservation home.

On Monday evening, 14 cows, 14 calves and five bulls were brought into the tribe's quarantine facility, according to Jestin Dupree , a Fort Peck tribal councilman. The tribes are able to keep live animals that come from the park in an effort to curb the spread of brucellosis, according to the National Park Service.

Each year, hundreds of bison are captured and sent to slaughter because Yellowstone can only hold a certain amount of animals in quarantine. This quarantine is important because it's illegal to move wild bison exposed to brucellosis anywhere except to meat-processing and research facilities.

These bison have been deemed disease-free and can now move out of the park and into a larger area.

The first transfer of 55 bison was completed in August.

US Judge Rejects Bid To Kill Keystone Pipeline Lawsuits

Monday, December 23rd 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmentalists and Native Americans can proceed with lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, a federal judge in Montana ruled Friday.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris expressed skepticism over government arguments that Trump has unilateral authority to approve the $8 billion pipeline. In a separate ruling, the judge said the Rosebud Sioux and Fort Belknap Indian tribes had valid claims that approval of the line violated their treaty rights.

But Morris denied a request from environmentalists to impose a court injunction blocking preliminary work on the pipeline, since no such work is planned until spring 2020.


Morris had blocked work on the line in 2018, prompting Trump to issue a new permit in March in an attempt to circumvent the courts.

The 1,200-mile (1,930-kilometer) pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels (35 million gallons) of crude daily from western Canada to terminals on the Gulf Coast.

Opponents worry burning the tar sands oil that will be carried by the line will make climate change worse, and that it could break and spill into water bodies such as Montana’s Missouri River.

TC Energy of Canada first proposed the project more than a decade ago but has been unable to get past the numerous lawsuits against it. Trump has been a strong supporter and revived Keystone XL after it was rejected under President Barack Obama.

Tester Secures $1.5 Billion for Farmers, Fixes Disaster Assistance Program to Include Montanans Facing Losses This Season

Friday, December 20th 2019


(U.S. Senate) – As a part of the year-end appropriations package that passed out of the Senate this week, U.S. Senator Jon Tester secured critical wins for Northeastern Montana farmers facing crop losses this season by expanding the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) to include quality loss, drought, and excessive moisture and by increasing funding for the program by $1.5 billion to cover the new categories. Tester’s fix also ensures that affected sugar beet farmers will get their indemnity payments through their co-ops.

Tester’s fix clears the way for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue an emergency declaration and provide assistance to Montana farmers. Tester was the only member of Montana’s delegation to vote for the domestic government funding package that included this language.

“The USDA should have provided assistance to Montana farmers back in September when we first brought this crisis to their attention,” said Tester. “Now there is no shadow of a doubt that these producers qualify for WHIP+, so the USDA needs to get it in gear and immediately provide support to folks in Northeastern Montana because family farms are on the line. We’re done asking—now we’re telling.”

In September, Senator Tester sent Secretary Perdue a letter asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to clarify that WHIP+ includes value and quality losses, and that farmers in Northeast Montana facing those losses were eligible for the program. Nearly eight weeks later, USDA finally responded that they would not provide assistance to Montana farmers because excessive moisture was not covered under WHIP+.

Then, following two weeks of heavy snow in Northeast Montana in early December, Tester urged Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to reconsider his decision not to extend disaster assistance to the region’s wheat farmers who were forced to leave their crop in the ground or were left with unsellable product due to excessive moisture this harvest season.

“I am extremely disappointed in your decision to exclude Montana farmers from the WHIP+ program for quality loss related to excessive moisture,” wrote Tester. “In a time of extreme market volatility and trade uncertainty, USDA’s mission is to ‘mitigate the significant risks of farming.’ In Northeast Montana, USDA is failing to deliver that objective for struggling farmers.”

The USDA has not yet replied to Tester’s second letter.

Glasgow School Enrollment Increases In December

Tuesday, December 17th 2019

The enrollment in the Glasgow School District has increased 5 students in December from the last count in November. The Total enrollment is now 809 students compared to 804 students in November.

Enrollment is still down 34 students compared to December of 2018.

The largest class in the school district is the 7th grade class with 70 students while the smallest class is 4th grade with 49 students.

Glasgow High School Performs During Live Under The Big Sky

Tuesday, December 17th 2019

Members of the Glasgow High School Swing Choir performed during Live Under the Big Sky on Tuesday. The group performed 4 different Christmas songs and each member had a chance to tell a little bit about themselves to Haylie and Stan.

You can listen to the entire show at: https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/live-under-the-big-sky-1217-ghs-swing-choir

DPHHS Announces Notice of Intent to Enforce Temporary Restriction on Flavored E-Cigarettes

Saturday, December 14th 2019

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) today announced its notice of intent to begin enforcing Emergency Rules that temporarily restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarette products in Montana. Enforcement of the Emergency Rules begins on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm.

The restrictions include the sale of all flavored e-cigarette products, including flavored nicotine, THC, and CBD e-cigarette products, in-store and online. The rules do not require retailers to destroy their existing inventory.

DPHHS is proceeding with enforcement of the rules after a Temporary Restraining Order preventing enforcement expired by operation of law in October. The notice filed by DPHHS is attached.

Since the Emergency Rules were first announced, DPHHS has confirmed five additional cases of E-cigarette or Vaping Product Use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) in Montana. DPHHS continues to investigate multiple potential new cases. In addition, the imminent threat to public health and safety caused by epidemic levels of youth use and addiction remain unchanged.

“Public health experts in Montana and throughout the country continue to be alarmed by the epidemic proportions of youth addiction to flavors as well as the short- and long-term injuries from e-cigarette use,” said DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan. “An alarming number of young Montanans are getting addicted. People are still getting sick. Pediatricians and public health officials agree that this crisis cannot continue unaddressed.”

E-cigarettes can contain heavy metals, ultrafine particles and cancer-causing agents like acrolein. Some flavorings, particularly those found in e-juice, have been found to be toxic and associated with inflammatory and oxidative stress in lung cells and white blood cells.

Nearly 60% of Montana high school students and 30% of middle school students have tried vaping. In 2019, almost one in 10 Montana high school students vaped daily, exposing their brains to the long-term effects of nicotine damage. This is a 23% increase from 2017.

A recent report by the FDA states that 96% of 12 to 17-year-olds who initiated e-cigarette use started with a flavored product, and 70% report the flavors as the reason they use e-cigarettes.

Research shows that kids who use e-cigarettes are four times more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future than kids who do not use e-cigarettes. Nicotine exposure in youth causes long-term structural and functional changes in the brain, can lead to long-lasting effects like lower impulse control and mood disorders, and can prime young brains for addiction to other drugs such as cocaine and meth.

In addition, the CDC has not conclusively identified a cause or causes of the outbreak of pulmonary lung injury and has only just found the first potential chemical of concern. Vitamin E acetate was detected as an association in a sample of 29 EVALI case-associated specimens. There are some EVALI cases, including in Montana, identified as nicotine-only and it is still not known what is causing EVALI in nicotine-only patients. As the CDC continues additional studies and testing, public health authorities are continuing the recommendation that consumers consider refraining from using all e-cigarette products.

The ban on flavored cigarettes in 2009 was associated with a 17% reduction in the probability that middle and high school youth would become smokers, and a 58% reduction in cigarettes smoked by current youth smokers. Overall, the probability of youth using any form of tobacco dropped by 6% following the ban on flavored cigarettes.

Zerbe Brothers Is A Drop Off Location For Share A Pair

Saturday, December 14th 2019

If you have some pairs of shoes in your closet you’re not using, here’s a way to help someone!

Zerbe Brothers is a drop off location for Share A Pair. Share A Pair is an outreach from Provision International that takes in footwear for people of all ages. The shoes do NOT need to be new, but do need to be in usable condition.

Lance Lanning, the group’s president, said he was on a mission trip in El Salvador in 2012, helping to build a school, when the idea for the program was first seeded. Barefoot children kept running throughout the construction site, he said.
“A little girl stepped on a piece of rebar, and she ran it through her foot. She didn’t have any shoes,” Lanning said. “I got home and looked and there were probably eight to 10 shoes there — like all of us have.”

He said a board member suggested a used-shoe drive that eventually grew into “Share-a-Pair” later that year.

Simply drop off a pair of shoes during business hours at Zerbe Brothers in Glasgow.

Diamond Rio To Headline Northeast Montana Fair Concert

Wednesday, December 11th 2019

GLASGOW, MONTANA – December 10, 2019 – Following a phenomenal return to the Northeast Montana Fair (NEMF) Concert in 2016, the NEMF Concert Committee is pleased to announce that Grammy winning band Diamond Rio will be taking the stage on Saturday, August 1, 2020.
With hits like “Meet in The Middle,” “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” “Unbelievable,” “In A Week or Two,” and more, Diamond Rio is sure to have the crowd singing and dancing along.

The opening act is now being negotiated with plans to again host the widely enjoyed after-party in the beer gardens following the main concert.

After a multi-year hiatus, the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, Milk River Motor Sports, KLTZ/Mix-93, Glasgow Rodeo Committee, and Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District worked together to resurrect the fair concert in 2016. “Our goal is to get 2000 people at this event,” said Committee Chair Haylie Shipp. “Last year we had just over 1400 attendees.” She added that the concert will continue to grow in caliber as the attendance increases.
Just in time for Christmas stocking stuffers, pre-sale ticket vouchers are on sale now at the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, 54147 US Hwy 2, Suite 2. Adult tickets are $40, student tickets (ages 5-12) are $20, and children under 5 will again get into the concert for free.

General Big Game Season Ends in Region 6, Elk Shoulder Season Starts Soon

Wednesday, December 11th 2019

For the fourth year, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 has a shoulder season that allows antlerless elk hunting with a specific B-license. This year’s shoulder season will run from Dec. 15-Jan. 15, 2020. Elk licenses (general elk or B-licenses) valid during the archery and general seasons are not valid for the shoulder season in Region 6. Hunters must have previously applied for this opportunity during the June 1 license drawing, and received their elk B-license that is only valid during the R6 shoulder season, either a:
• 699-00 Elk B-license-valid in HDs 620, 621, 622, 630, 631, 632-on all public and private lands, not including CMR National Wildlife Refuge
• 696-00 Elk B-license-valid in HDs 680 & 690 on all public and private lands
A shoulder season is a firearms season that occurs outside the general season and is focused on antlerless elk harvest. Shoulder seasons are not intended to replace harvest during the archery or general seasons but aim to provide additional antlerless elk harvest to bring elk populations closer to objectives.
Shoulder seasons have specific objectives, and the Fish and Wildlife commission and department will monitor the success of shoulder seasons in each hunting district to ensure they are meeting the fundamental objectives.
Even though a shoulder season occurs outside the general season, all hunting regulations apply, including (but not limited to): obtaining landowner permission to hunt on private lands, properly validating your tag, wearing 400 square inches of orange above the waste, following legal shooting times, not shooting across a public road or right of way, retaining evidence of sex of the animal, and not shooting from a vehicle.
FWP suggests that hunters contact private landowners as early as possible, and to please be respectful during the holiday season. Shoulder season licenses are also valid on legally accessible public lands (except CMR Wildlife Refuge lands), and in participating Block Management lands.
Block Management cooperators were given the opportunity to opt out of the shoulder season, and four Block Management Areas (BMAs) in the shoulder season districts are not participating in the shoulder season for elk: #1 Springer, #21 Thorstad, #191 Wortman, and #48 Burke Ranch. These BMAs are, however, still open for upland bird hunting through Jan. 1. Permission for the participating shoulder season BMA’s are the same as they were for the general season, which can be found in our Hunting Access Guide.
Biologists would like to remind license holders that this is not a “damage hunt,” with elk stacked up in concentrated areas. Hunters should prepare to hunt hard for elk, no different than any other hunting season. Expect variable weather conditions to possibly include deep snow, cold, and/or muddy conditions. Hunters should have means to retrieve elk over potentially long distances.
Region 6 will not have any shoulder season hunt information coordinators. If there are any general questions concerning the shoulder season in Region 6, the FWP website contains a wealth of information at fwp.mt.gov/hunting/seasons/elkShoulder/, or please contact the following:
• Questions about the 699-00 license can be directed to the FWP Region 6 headquarters in Glasgow at 406-228-3700.
• Questions about the 696-00 license can be directed to the FWP Region 6 field office in Havre at 406-265-6177.

Glasgow Public Works Director Bob Kompel Explains Priority List For Removing Snow From City Streets

Tuesday, December 10th 2019

Glasgow has received 16.7 inches of snow this winter which is 8.5 inches ahead of the normal amount received. City of Glasgow Public Works Director Bob Kompel explains the priority list for city streets to be cleared of snow.


https://soundcloud.com/kltz-glasgow/bob-priority-snow-removal

Montana High School Rodeo Association Members Selling Raffle Tickets

Tuesday, December 10th 2019

The Montana High School Rodeo Association has its major fund-raiser underway — selling raffle tickets for three great prizes. Each member is expected to sell a minimum of 30 tickets.

Pictured are, back row, Jack Cornwell (calf roper, team roper) current MHSRA President Georgia Orahood (a senior at Malta High School who does goat tying, breakaway, team roping, cow horse and cutting), Brooke Billingsley (barrels, poles, breakaway, goat tying, ribbon roping) and Aden Zoanni (calf roping and team roping). On the 2019 Polaris Sportsman 450 4-wheeler (second prize) are Bailey Billingsley (barrels, poles, flag race, goat tying) and Blaire Billingsley (future rodeo contestant). Not pictured is Trevor Klind(calf roping and team roping).

The grand prize is a 2020 Logan Bullseye Three Horse Slant Load Trailer load with closet tack. 3rd prize is a Pit Boss Pellet Grill and Yeti Cooler. Tickets are available from the cowboys and cowgirls mentioned above and are also available at the Glasgow Stockyards. The drawing will be held in June at the MHSRA State Finals.

Highway 2 Association Luncheon Is December 13th

Saturday, December 7th 2019

The Highway 2 Association has scheduled a noon luncheon for Friday, Dec 13th at the Sherman Inn in Wolf Point.

Association President, Bob Sivertsen stated, “The Association is again visiting Communities in Northern Montana to discuss the importance of upgrading Hwy #2 to the extent that we will be able to compete for and attract business.”

Sivertsen pointed out that 80% of business locates in or near communities that have four lanes or better, “That pretty much explains why we have a lack luster economy in Northern Montana, yet we sit next to two of the strongest economies in North America, North Dakota and Saskatchewan” he said.

Shane Mintz, MDT District Administrator, will provide an update of projects that are included in MDT’S 5 Year Tentative Construction Plan. The Highway 2 Association has been engaged in advocating for an Adequate Transportation System in the # 2 Corridor since 2001, of which Sivertsen maintains is “The Prerequisite to Economic Development in Northern Montana.”

The Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., and the public is encouraged to attend, “We all have a stake in growing our Economy, there is strength in numbers” he concluded.

A number is needed for those planning to each lunch, so please RSVP at 406-262-2346 or laredoenterprises76@gmail.com.

Block Of Bucks Sets Another Record

Saturday, December 7th 2019

The final total raised for Block of Bucks on Friday was $38,783.28.

The previous record was 2018's total of $37,631.

Money raised goes toward Valley County children in need to shop for winter clothing.

Tester Urges USDA to Act on Northeast Montana Wheat Crisis

Friday, December 6th 2019

– Following two weeks of heavy snow in Northeast Montana, U.S. Senator Jon Tester this week urged Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to reconsider his decision not to extend disaster assistance to the region’s wheat farmers who were forced to leave their crop in the ground or were left with unsellable product due to excessive moisture this harvest season.

“In the last two weeks, Northeast Montana received more than a foot of heavy, wet snow…The Additional Supplemental Appropriators for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 2157) extends the [Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus] to expenses related to losses of crops as a consequence of ‘hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons, volcanic activity, snowstorms, and wildfires.’ The language in this bill could not be clearer, and as such I urge you to act on it immediately and extend WHIP+ assistance to these producers.”

In September, Senator Tester sent Secretary Perdue a letter asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to clarify that the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) includes value and quality losses, and that farmers in Northeast Montana facing those losses were eligible for the program. Nearly eight weeks later, USDA finally responded that they would not provide WHIP+ assistance to Montana farmers.

“I am extremely disappointed in your decision to exclude Montana farmers from the WHIP+ program for quality loss related to excessive moisture,” wrote Tester in his letter this week. “In a time of extreme market volatility and trade uncertainty, USDA’s mission is to ‘mitigate the significant risks of farming.’ In Northeast Montana, USDA is failing to deliver that objective for struggling farmers.”

As the only working farmer in the U.S. Senate, Tester has been a champion for farmers and ranchers across the country. Earlier this year, he introduced his Seeding Rural Resilience Act to help combat rising rates of farmer suicide, and The Trump Administration recently adopted his Restoring Rural Residencies Act into a rule change to bring more medical professionals into rural hospitals.

Community Cash Program Underway

Friday, December 6th 2019

2019 Community Cash Program is underway.

Borrow up to $1,000.00 at these participating financial institutions:
First Community Bank, Glasgow
First Community Bank, Hinsdale
Bank of Glasgow, Glasgow
Independence Bank, Glasgow
Equal Opportunity Lenders, Members FDIC

1. Fill out a loan application at one of the four participating financial institutions.
2. The loan is payable in 10 monthly installments. You pay NO INTEREST, only a $10 fee to cover a portion of the paperwork.
3. The script can be used until December 31st, 2019. Thereafter, you have until January 7, 2020 to turn in your unused script to the bank for full credit.
4. When your loan is approved, you will receive special Community Cash script which you can spend in any of the participating Community Cash businesses.
5. The last day to apply for Community cash is December 30, 2019.
6. Wells Fargo will accept Community Cash deposits from their MEMBER merchants.
7. Merchant MUST be a paid Chamber Member to accept Community Cash Script.

Merchant List:
5th Ave Pharmacy
AAA Glass
Agland Co-op-Glasgow
Albertson’s
All Seasons Home Center
Alley’s Palace
Arch’s Tire & Service
Bakers Jewelry
Big Sky Auto Accessories
Big Valley Water
Border Plains Equipment
Busy Bee Embroidery
C&B Operations
Chappell’s Automotive
Cherry Creek Gear Shop
Children’s Museum of NE MT
Cottonwood Inn & Suites
DB’s Bar & Casino
D & G Sports & Western
Dale Plumbing & Heating
Durum Restaurant
El Cor Del
Eugene’s Pizza
Ezzie’s Midtown
Ezzie’s Wholesale
Ezzie’s Westend Convenience
Fossum Materials/Century Const
Glasgow Auto Safety Center
Glasgow Flower & Gift
Hi-Line Ford
Hi Line Med Spa
Holiday
Jennifer Ray Photography
Joan Burris-Tupperware
KLTZ/KLAN Radio
Lakeridge Lodge & Bait-Ft. Peck
Markle’s Ace Hardware
Markle’s Furniture
Mirror Image Salon
Mon Dak Marine
Nemont
Newton Motors
Pehlke's Furniture
Pizza Hut
Prewett Interiors
Probst Cleaning Service
Raiders Quick Stop-Hinsdale
Red Barn Gifts
Reynolds Market
Robyn’s Nest
Rock’s Auto Mall
Sam & Jeff’s
Scott’s Track N Wheel
Scottie Express Carwash
Shippwrecked
Stoughie’s-Hinsdale
Subway
Sunnyside Golf Course
Taco Shack
T& R Trucking
Thompson & Sons
Tire Rama
Town & Country Furniture
Treasure Trail Meat Processing
Valley Builders
Valley Cinemas
Western Drug

Cape Air Receives 4-year Contract to Provide Essential Air Service Coverage to 5 Montana Communities

Friday, December 6th 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Cape Air another 4-year contract to provide Essential Air Service coverage to 5 Montana communities.

The new contract will run from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023. Cape Air is just finishing a previous contract with the Transportation Department.

Cape Air will provide 2-daily flights to Billings from Havre, Glasgow, Wolf Point and Glendive. They will also provide 4-daily flights from Sidney to Billings.

The federal government subsidizes the cost of the flights from the 5 communities to Billings.

The first year of the contract, these are the subsidies paid to Cape Air to provide the passenger air service.

Havre- $2,274,015
Glasgow- $2,137,131
Wolf Point- $2,298,572
Sidney- $4,220,148
Glendive- $2,308,580

According to the documents provided by the Transportation Department, each flight from Glasgow to Billings in the first year of the contract will be paid $1514 in subsidies. The 4th year of the contract the subsidy increases to $1654 per flight.

Cape Air also plans to phase out the Cessna 402 Aircraft currently used to provide the passenger air service. Cape Air recently purchased new Tecnam P2012 Traveler Aircraft which will be put into service in 2020. The new aircraft will have Italian leather seats, each seat will have a window and include USB charging ports. The new aircraft will also have one extra seat compared to the Cessna currently being used.

Three airlines made proposals to obtain the Essential Air Contract. But the Montana Department of Transportation and Montana Essential Air Task Force recommended the contract stay with Cape Air. Cape Air has had the contract for the past 6 years.

Region 6 Havre-Area Check Station Results For The 2019 Season

Thursday, December 5th 2019

The final results are in from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Havre check station for the 2019 hunting season. The check station was open for eight weekends; from Oct. 12 (the open of general antelope) through Dec. 1 (the end of the deer/elk general season). Overall, hunter numbers were about average this year, mule deer harvest was well above average, and other big game and bird harvests were below average.

Biologists gather a lot of valuable information and biological data on game animals brought through check stations, in addition to sampling for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) this year. FWP appreciates all hunters’ cooperation in this effort. Note that the harvest data described below includes only animals that were brought through the Havre check station and is only a partial representation of the region-wide harvest.

Hunter numbers (1,739) were down 10% from 2018, and 3% above the long-term average. Havre-area biologist Scott Hemmer, who manages the station, said “Weather conditions this year were not a major obstacle to hunter participation or success, but there were some stretches of time where muddy roads affected hunter access.”

Deer hunter reports on their hunting experience and success were good this year. “The most noteworthy statistic this year was the high number of mule deer checked,” said Hemmer.

Mule deer brought through the check station totaled 680 for the year, which was down 5% from last year, but 37% above the long-term average. “There were additional mule deer B tags issued this year, which may have helped contribute to the high mule deer numbers,” said Hemmer.

For the year, 109 white-tails were brought by the station, which was 23% lower than 2018, and still 21% below the long-term average.

“Hunters reported seeing increasing white-tailed deer numbers over the last few years, even if this was not reflected in the harvest,” Hemmer noted.

Antelope, whose general season ended on Nov. 10, were 27% above 2018 but still 70% below the long-term average. 80 antelope were brought by the check station this year.

“Antelope populations and license quotas in many districts are still below the long-term average due in part to the effect from the severe winter weather of 2017-2018, and other winters before that,” said Hemmer. “In addition, antelope hunter reports were highly variable depending on location, and this may have been due to antelope moving and concentrating earlier this year due to early fall snowstorms.”

For the year, 22 elk were brought by the check station, which is about half of last year’s number and 44% below the long-term average. “Reports from elk hunters this year were less favorable,” noted Hemmer. “Muddy roads limited hunter access in some areas and other hunters reported difficulty in finding elk on publicly accessible property.”

Upland bird harvest this year was still down, although if did appear to have improved slightly from last year. For the eight weeks that the check station was open, the pheasant harvest of 501 birds is above last year (18%), but still below the long-term average (-37%). Sharp-tailed grouse (63 birds) harvest was above last year’s total, but about half of the long-term average. Hungarian partridge harvest (19 birds) was the same as last year and well below the long-term average.

“The continued lower upland bird numbers is likely due to the impact of drought conditions in the summer of 2017 along with the hard winter of 2017-18,” said Hemmer. “However, pheasant production seemed better this year with 81% of the harvest consisting of juvenile birds.”

“Overall, it appeared to be a good season for hunters this year,” said Hemmer. “We sure appreciate and enjoy visiting with the hunters that come by the check station, and it’s great to see the smile on their face after a successful hunt.”

2019 Havre Check Station Harvest Summary
Total % Change 2018 Harvest % Change Long-term Average
Antelope 80 27% -70%
Mule Deer 680 -5% 37%
White-tailed Deer 109 -23% -21%
Elk 22 -54% -44%
Pheasant 501 18% -37%
Sharp-tailed Grouse 63 34% -50%
Hungarian Partridge 19 0% -68%
Ducks 24 -66% -58%
Hunters 1739 -10% 3%

Public Hearing Canceled

Thursday, December 5th 2019

The Montana Public Service Commission hearing regarding Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.’s Application for Authority to discontinue Regulated Natural Gas Distribution in the Saco/Bowdoin Area has been cancelled.

The hearing had been scheduled to take place at the Saco High School Gym Thurs. Dec. 5th at 10a.m.

Man Struck And Killed Along Highway 2 Near Saco

Monday, December 2nd 2019

From the Billings Gazette

HAVRE — An 18-year-old man was struck and killed by a pickup truck while walking along U.S. Highway 2 in northeastern Montana.

The Montana Highway Patrol says the teen was walking on the shoulder of the road near Saco at 12:35 a.m. Sunday. The driver of the pickup said he saw the man and swerved, but struck him with the right rear of his vehicle. KOJM-AM reports the driver stopped and called 911.

Phillips County Sheriff Jerry Lytle says an off-duty Glasgow police officer arrived shortly after the crash and attempted cardio pulmonary resuscitation.

Lytle pronounced Cash Austin Taylor died at the scene from trauma to the head. Taylor was a student at Montana State University.

Block Of Bucks Collection Day Is Friday

Monday, December 2nd 2019

Volunteers will be collecting donations for the Block of Bucks on Friday, December 6th beginning at 7 a.m. The collection boxes will be at the corners of D&G and the U.S. Post Office. They will be in operation until 5 p.m. All money collected is used to purchase warm clothing for children, infant to 17 years.

Soroptimists, with the assistance of volunteers, oversee the shopping spree on Saturday, December 7th. Volunteers are needed to help on this day as well. Any amount of volunteered time given would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers are asked to please report to the Elks Lodge on December 7th at 8:45 a.m. Shoppers, it would be very helpful for you to have your own pen, paper & calculator. A clipboard comes in handy too.

Please contact Monica Garten 230-1004 to volunteer.

Christmas Stroll And Holiday Activities Scheduled For Saturday

Sunday, December 1st 2019

You're invited to share a holiday Saturday with the Glasgow merchants for shopping and activities, December 7th from noon - 6:30 p.m.

8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Children's Christmas Store at Milk River Activity Center
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Free Matinee at Valley Cinemas: Arthur Christmas, sponsored by Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and Albertsons

Santa Schedule:
12:15 p.m. Santa visits Prairie Ridge Village
12:30 p.m. Santa visits Valley Cinemas and downtown
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Santa at Jennifer Ray Photography with scheduled appointments, then walk-ins from 3:30-4:40, or longer if needed. You may take your own photos along with one free photo from Jennifer Ray; she'll also offer photo packages for purchase.

2:00 p.m. Polar Plunge in front of the Civic Center
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hay Rides (weather permitting) downtown
5:00 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Markle's parking lot
6:00 p.m. Parade of Lights

Most Glasgow business will be open until 6:30 p.m.

The 16th Annual parade of Lights will have a theme of Crazy Christmas Sweaters this year, and is sponsored by the Valley County Optimist Club. Floats will line up at 5:30 p.m. and the parade begins at 6:00 p.m. The lineup will be behind Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and will go down 1st avenue south, 2nd avenue south and in front of Prairie Ridge, then back to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital

Chamber Big Bucks will be awarded for the following categories: Most Lights, Best Youth Organization, Best Business/Commercial Float and Best Organization. There will also be a first place prize for the business with the best Christmas Decor.

Robert Kompel Explains Process of Clearing Snow in Residential Areas in Glasgow

Wednesday, November 27th 2019

Local Little Christmas Underway

Wednesday, November 27th 2019

For every $50 you spend at participating businesses , you'll receive one entry into the Local Little Christmas giveaway. Valid receipts must be dated November 20-December 31, 2019 and turned into the Chamber Office by Noon on January 3, 2020 to get entered. Some restrictions apply.

Prize baskets include certificates from participating merchants and Chamber Big Bucks. The drawing will be in January 2020.

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Working Together To Stop The Feral Swine Threat

Wednesday, November 27th 2019

By Dave Chadwick and John Youngberg

Farming and hunting are two of the defining qualities of Montana. For decades, hunters and landowners have worked together to maintain our public wildlife, our working agricultural lands, and our outdoor heritage. Landowners know hunters are the best management tool for wildlife; hunters appreciate the habitat and access that our farmers and ranchers provide.

That strong relationship is as essential as ever in the fight against the newest threat to Montana: invasive feral swine. Montana currently has no confirmed cases of invasive feral swine, but they’re knocking on the door across the border in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Recently an expert from the University of Saskatchewan laid out exactly how Canadian officials let the problem grow completely out of hand. They brought European wild boar and cross-bred them with domestic pigs in the 1980s, and game farms brought them for canned hunting operations. Many of these animals escaped, and through the years their offspring have multiplied profusely.

Today hundreds of thousands of acres in Canada has feral swine. And here in the U.S., more than 40 states have them too. These non-native, former livestock have grown exponentially in the Southeast, Texas and California. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates they do more than $2.5 billion in crop damage, and they dig up lawns, golf courses and other private property. They also carry diseases that could spread to livestock.

Feral hogs cause severe harm to farmers and ranchers as well as wildlife habitat and to waterways. Feral swine can kill deer fawns, and they go after ground nesting birds and amphibians. They’re eating machines that consume 3 to 5 percent of their body weight every day. They’re also incredibly fecund, having up to three litters a year and producing an average of six piglets in each.

Seeing this threat so close to our borders, the Montana Legislature passed a bill in 2015 to head off the problem. The bill was supported by the Montana Farm Bureau, Montana Wildlife Federation, Montana Stockgrowers Association, and Montana Audubon, as well as the state Department of Livestock. That law is the model for the nation, with a fine of up to $10,000 for importing these animals. It requires reporting feral swine within 24 hours. And it banned the hunting of feral swine.

That last point might be confusing, because hunting is so effective at managing deer, elk and other wildlife. Feral swine are different. They are incredibly intelligent, and learn to avoid hunting pressure after the first shot. When one in a group is killed, the others quickly spread out, burrow underground, or become more nocturnal.

Unfortunately, hunters have been identified as part of the problem in some places. Cases of people setting them loose on private property and then returning a year later to ask to help “solve the problem” abound around the country. Well-intentioned hunters who just see another potential game species can also contribute inadvertently to this long-term threat. Montana officials have already heard from people asking to come to our state to hunt swine.

Montana farmers, ranchers and hunters know what a disaster these invasive animals would be for our state. We need to stand together in this effort to keep feral swine out of Montana. The survival of our farms, ranches, wildlife and hunting heritage depends on it.

If you see feral swine, report it immediately by calling 444-2976. We’re in this together, and only if we “squeal on pigs” will we keep Montana a place where our farms, ranches and wildlife thrive.

Dave Chadwick is executive director of the Montana Wildlife Federation. John Youngberg is executive vice president of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation.

Scottie License Plates To Stay In Circulation

Wednesday, November 27th 2019

Glasgow Scottie License Plates will stay in circulation as Scottie fans have purchased over 400 Scottie Plates!

The State of Montana ruled that 400 or more Montana Specialty Plates needed to be purchased to stay in circulation. As of October 15th, 348 plates had been sold.

Since that date over 88 plates have been sold allowing the Scottie Plates to stay in circulation!

NorthWestern Energy reminds Montanans of energy safety ahead of Thanksgiving storm

Wednesday, November 27th 2019

Butte, Mont. – Nov. 26, 2019 – The Montana National Weather Service is forecasting a winter storm that will bring more than a foot of snowfall to parts of northcentral Montana beginning about midnight Tuesday, Nov. 26 and continuing through Thursday night, Nov. 28.

The storm is expected to include heavy snowfall in some areas and blowing snow.
Significant snow, from 8 to 18 inches, is forecast for several areas such as Augusta, Conrad and Choteau.

NorthWestern Energy reminds customers to make sure natural gas meters, as well as furnace and appliance vents, are free from snow and ice. Blocked vents could result in a loss of heat or buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in homes and other structures. Some furnace vents may be located on
roofs.

Winter storm safety tips:
• Non-electric, unvented space heaters can be a hazard. Use them only in well-ventilated areas.
• If you use an electric generator, plug appliances directly into it. Never plug a generator directly into your home's electrical wiring.
• Disconnect or turn off appliances you were using when the power went off. Leave one light on to tell you when service is restored.
• Stock up on non-perishable foods, heating fuel and medications.
• Have a flashlight, a battery-powered radio and fresh batteries handy.
• Prepare older family members, friends or neighbors who live alone for the weather.
• Safety starts with you, don’t take the risk of going into bad weather.
• NorthWestern Energy posts updates on outages on Facebook and Twitter, (@NWEinfo), and on the NorthWestern Energy Outage Map, http://www.northwesternenergy.com/safety/outage-safety/outage-mapping, where you can sign up for text updates on an outage.
• Use a flashlight. Avoid candles because of the fire risk.
• Never use wet or damp electrical items

NorthWestern Energy workers, often out in dangerous weather conditions, work to restore power to your home or business as quickly, efficiently and as safely as possible.
Report outages and damaged and downed power lines by calling the NorthWestern Energy Montana Customer Service line, 888-467-2669 or online at

https://www.northwesternenergy.com/contact-us/report-outage-form.
Every call and online report helps our crews and operators know how large the outage is to diagnose the potential scale and cause of the outage.
If you have any questions, call the NorthWestern Energy Montana Customer Service line, 888-467-2669

Volunteers Needed For Block of Bucks

Tuesday, November 26th 2019

Volunteers are needed to help on collection day Friday, December 6th. Please contact Monica Garten at 230-1004 to sign up for a shift. Each shift is 1 hour. The collection boxes will be at the corners of D& G and the U.S. Post Office.

All money collected is used to purchase warm clothing for children, infant to 17 years.

Soroptimists, with the assistance of volunteers oversee the shopping spree on Saturday, December 7th. Volunteers are needed to help on this day as well to help with the shopping. Any amount of volunteered time given would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers are asked to please check at the Elks by 8:45 a.m.

29th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner Starts At Noon Thursday

Tuesday, November 26th 2019

The 29th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be held Thurs. Nov. 28th, at Glasgow Senior Citizens Center, located at 328 4th Street South.

Over the past 28 years approximately 4,800 people have enjoyed the event. There is always plenty of food & no one goes home hungry. Everyone is invited & encouraged to bring their families & friends to enjoy a delicious feast including turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, yams, cranberry sauce & of course pumpkin pie.

Provided by community volunteers, every year several volunteers gather to prepare & serve the meal, which will be served from 12noon - 2p.m. The list of volunteers include members of GHS Student Council, Irle School 3rd Graders, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints & many enthusiastic individuals. Even though the meal is served at the Senior Citizens Center, it is not limited to senior citizens.

The meal is free of charge & is open to everyone, young & old alike.

There will be no carry-out or deliveries available. If a ride is needed call Valley County Transit at 228-8747, their normal charges will apply. If you have never attended in the past, make plans to enjoy an afternoon of fellowship & food. This is a great way for small families & individuals to partake in the social atmosphere of a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner without cooking & cleaning up!

If additional information is needed, please call Ruth Ann Hutcheson at 228-8392.

Real Estate Taxes Considered Delinquent On Tuesday, December 3rd

Tuesday, November 26th 2019

The 2nd half of 2019 Mobile Home Taxes are due Nov. 30, 2019. Because Nov. 30th is a Saturday, taxpayers have until 5p.m. Mon. Dec. 2, 2019, to pay the 2019 Mobile Home taxes without penalty or interest. The taxes will be considered delinquent Tues. Dec. 3, 2019, & are subject to penalty & interest, thereafter.

The 1st half of 2019 Real Estate Taxes levied & assessed are due & payable on or before 5p.m. Nov. 30, 2019, or within 30 days after the tax notice is postmarked, whichever is later & unless paid prior to that time the amount due will be delinquent & will draw interest at the rate of 5/6 of 1% per month from the time of delinquency until paid & 2% will be added to the delinquent tax as a penalty. Because Nov. 30, 2019, is a Saturday, taxpayers have until 5p.m. Mon. Dec. 2, 2019, to pay the 2019 Real Estate taxes without penalty or interest. Taxes will be considered delinquent Tues. Dec. 3, 2019, & will be charged penalty & interest. Payment of these taxes may be made at the Treasurer’s office at the Valley County Courthouse during regular business hours or mailed to Valley County Treasurer, 501 Court Square #3, Glasgow, Montana 59230.

21st Annual Remembrance Tree

Tuesday, November 26th 2019

GHS Student Council is sponsoring the 21st Annual Remembrance Tree to support Block of Bucks. This program is to remember our loved ones that have passed on.

A tree filled with lights to commemorate those loved ones will be on display throughout the holiday season in front of the Pioneer Museum. You can purchase your bulb(s) for a $5 donation by contacting any GHS Student Council member or advisor, or the GHS office, 228-2485, by Nov. 28th.

You may also purchase a bulb(s) to recognize the men & women in our armed forces.

The public is invited to a lighting ceremony for the Remembrance Trees Sun. Dec. 1st at 4p.m., light refreshments will be served. The trees will be lit daily through Dec. 31st.

Proceeds from the Remembrance Trees will be donated to Block of Bucks. Over $26,000 has been donated to this program from your generous donations & support.

Festival Of Trees Huge Success

Monday, November 25th 2019

Over 140 people were served at Friday's Prime Rib dinner as part of the 15th Annual Festival of Trees. This year's event was held to support the Valley County HOPE Project.

In addition to the dinner 50 trees, wreaths and centerpieces were auctioned off. Total for the night was over $8,000 being added to the HOPE Project account.

Funds will be used to assist Valley County applicants with medical expenses. The goal is to have everything in place by early 2020.

Sports-Wagering Soon To Be Available In Montana

Friday, November 22nd 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montanans are one step closer to being able to place legal bets on college and professional sports.

The Montana Lottery Commission on Thursday approved rules to implement sports wagering under the brand name Sports Bet Montana. Businesses with alcohol and gambling licenses will be able to apply for sports wagering licenses early next month.

Lottery officials are still working out additional details, including the type of bets that can be placed. Those parameters are expected to be approved at the commission’s next meeting.

The 2019 Legislature passed a bill authorizing sports wagering as long as the bets are made in a licensed establishment either through a terminal or a cellphone app.

Counterfeit $100 Bills Circulating

Friday, November 22nd 2019

The Glasgow Police Department is alerting the public that counterfeit $100 bills have been found in Valley County.

The bills have Chinese writing on the back side of them.

If you happen to come across one of these counterfeit $100 bills, please contact local law enforcement at 406-228-4333.

Search Underway For Missing Hunter Updated

Thursday, November 21st 2019

UPDATED

Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer has told Kltz/Mix-93 that the hunter who was missing in Garfield County has been located and recovered. Boyer said it was the most positive outcome possible and the man is in good health after spending two nights in the outdoors. The hunting party was from Oregon according to Sheriff Boyer.


VC Search and Rescue was activated this morning at 06:30 to participate in a search for a missing hunter. Yesterday the Sheriffs office was able to fly the area and locate a swamped boat.

A party of four hunters with three accounted for were camping and hunting since Sunday. Additional SAR will MOB at the pines at 8 am to assist.

This is a joint effort being coordinated with Garfield county, CMR officials, Fish and Game, and the Corps of Engineers. More details will be disseminated as they become available.

Montana Narcotics Officers Association Holding Fundraiser Concert This Saturday

Thursday, November 21st 2019

The Montana Narcotics Officers Association is holding a fundraiser concert this Saturday, November 23rd at the Glasgow High School Auditorium.

The band is Wylie and The Wild West, a comical country band from Conrad. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30.00, and children age 14 and under are free with an adult ticket holder. Tickets available at the door or by calling 406-885-1065.

Montana Narcotics Officers Association, or MNOA is a Non-Profit 501(c)-4 State-wide Law Enforcement based organization made up of dozens of different law enforcement personnel, including Federal, State, County & local officers from Highway Patrol, Sheriffs, Police, DEA, Tribal, and every other card-carrying member of Law Enforcement.

The mission of MNOA as an organization is to provide the most up to date training for our guys in the dangerous & ever-evolving field of the Narcotics Drug Culture.

The following is a list of programs that MNOA fundraising will be used for:
• Intensive Education/Training & Legislation for the personnel of the Montana Narcotics Officers Association to be able to stay safe informed & up to date with the rapidly evolving, dangerous and socially destructive purveyors of deadly illegal drugs.
• Annual “Youth Scholarships” for Montana High School Seniors, in pursuit of a career in Law Enforcement.
• Workshops sponsored by Montana Narcotics Officers Association throughout the year.
• Youth activities & other valuable programs aimed at supporting youth & advocating Drug Awareness in Schools, Clubs & Groups who aim the children of Montana in a safe direction.

Montana is a huge State for us to reach as a whole when it comes to these programs & all involved, that’s why in 2013, we undertook a benefit concert project that would allow us to raise much-needed funds on a statewide basis & allow us to “give something back” to the folks in specific towns & communities throughout the entire State.

For our 7th Annual Program, we are proud to feature, Wylie & The Wild West, these guys put on a wonderful show of great music and lots of laughs!!! We will bring this show to ten Montana towns, that we handpicked for several reasons, including a quality of people who show concern for their community and where we thought these shows & this program would be well received and richly appreciated. Those towns are, Glasgow, Hamilton, Polson, Anaconda, Dillon, Livingston, Miles City, Lewistown, Great Falls & Glendive, this will be a terrific opportunity to see an incredible show & help out a highly committed Montana law enforcement organization. The Glasgow concert will be on Saturday November 23, 2019 at the Glasgow High School Auditorium starting & 7PM.

Additionally, we will commit a good portion of the proceeds directly in the community where we have these shows!

MSU Researchers Asking For Producers To Complete Important Surveys

Thursday, November 21st 2019

A team of Montana State University researchers and Extension, in cooperation with Montana farmers, is looking at the critical emerging issue of soil acidification on Montana croplands. This problem is happening even on soils that were traditionally alkaline, meaning high pH.

In October, the MSU team mailed surveys to 300 randomly selected producers in Yellowstone, Daniels, Pondera, Choteau and Valley Counties. The team will use the survey results to ensure that their research is relevant and useful to producers and to help them effectively share research results with Montana producers.

If you received the survey, please help the MSU team and the future of Montana agriculture, by completing and returning the survey in the return envelope provided. They need your responses. Participation in the survey is voluntary. It takes about a half hour to complete the questions. All information provided in the survey will remain confidential.

If you have any questions, please contact Clain Jones, MSU Soil Fertility Extension Specialist, at 406-994-6076 or clainj@montana.edu.

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