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Wednesday, September 2nd 2015
$10 Million In Grants Available To States To Upgrade Highway-Rail Crossings
U.S. transportation officials will offer $10 million in grants for states to upgrade highway-rail crossings and tracks in response to a recent surge in flammable fuel shipments.

Wednesday's planned announcement from the Department of Transportation comes as rail crossing collisions have increased over the past several years, following more than three decades of steady declines.

There were more than 2,200 collisions in 2014, killing 269 people and injuring 849.

Almost 40 percent of the fatalities occurred in just five states — California, Illinois, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana.


Acting Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah Feinberg says most rail crossing deaths are preventable.

The grants would pay for improvements along rail routes that transport flammable fuels. Shipments of crude oil and ethanol increased dramatically over the past decade before energy prices plummeted.

Wednesday, September 2nd 2015
Glasgow Police Department Arrest Two Individuals In Theft Of Tools From Worksite
On August 28, 2015 Dave Wilkowski, of DK Construction, reported to the Glasgow Police Department that numerous tools were stolen from one of his work sites. Person or persons removed the tools possibly in the early morning hours of August 28. No suspects were identified at the time.

Through an investigation by the Glasgow Police Department, two suspects were identified.

The Glasgow Police Department arrested Christopher Hardcastle and Travis Bjornson both from Wyoming on Friday August 29th without incident.

Hardcastle and Bjornson are both charged with Felony Theft, Criminal Trespass to Property, Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs (Felony) psilocybin mushrooms, and Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs (Misd) under 60 grams of Marijuana.

Both Defendants are still Incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Facility on $10,000 bond. Investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, September 2nd 2015
On August 28, 2015 Dave Wilkowski, of DK Construction, reported to the Glasgow Police Department that numerous tools were stolen from one of his work sites. Person or persons removed the tools possibly in the early morning hours of August 28. No suspects were identified at the time.

Through an investigation by the Glasgow Police Department, two suspects were identified.

The Glasgow Police Department arrested Christopher Hardcastle and Travis Bjornson both from Wyoming on Friday August 29th without incident.

Hardcastle and Bjornson are both charged with Felony Theft, Criminal Trespass to Property, Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs (Felony) psilocybin mushrooms, and Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs (Misd) under 60 grams of Marijuana.

Both Defendants are still Incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Facility on $10,000 bond. Investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, September 2nd 2015
Region 6 Citizens Advisory Council Meets September 9 at Fort Peck Hatchery
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6 Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery, located at 277 Montana Highway 117, just north of Fort Peck, MT.
The meeting is open to the public and will include department updates, a summary of 2015 hunting season projections and season-setting processes, a review of antelope survey results, updates on 2016-2019 fishing regulations and changes, the new Hunter Apprentice policy, 15 & Forward, and a CAC member roundtable discussion.

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, and will be recruiting for new CAC members this fall. For more information about the Region 6 Citizens’ Advisory Committee, visit the FWP Web site at fwp.mt.gov/regions/r6/cac/.

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

Friday, August 28th 2015
Daines Announces $10.2 Million in Grants for Montana Tribal Colleges
U.S. SENATE – Senator Steve Daines, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, today announced that Montana’s tribal colleges have been awarded more than $10.2 million in grants through the U.S. Department of Education.

Grants will be awarded to tribal colleges in Box Elder, Browning, Crow Agency, Harlem, Lame Deer, Pablo and Poplar. The formula-based grants will provide Montana’s tribal colleges with additional resources to expand academic opportunity for Montana tribal members.

“Montana’s tribal colleges provide valuable educational and job training services to Native American students across our state,” Daines stated. “These grants will help our tribal colleges continue serving Montana’s tribal members and preparing students for success in their future careers.”

Grants awarded today include:
Aaniiih Nakoda College (Harlem): $1,040,630
Blackfeet Community College (Browning): $1,681,375
Chief Dull Knife College (Lame Deer): $1,146,063
Fort Peck Community College (Poplar): $1,262,340
Little Big Horn College (Crow Agency): $1,276,352
Salish Kootenai College (Pablo): $2,390,770
Stone Child College (Box Elder): $1,414,786
Thursday, August 27th 2015
439 Protest Formation Of Special Improvement District To Purchase Special Improvement District
The protest period ended on Wednesday for those wishing to protest the formation of a Special Improvement District to Fund the purchase of a fire truck for the Glasgow Fire Department.

439 protests were received by the City of Glasgow out of 1750 parcels of property in the city. 1750 notices were sent out earlier this month and those who wished to protest the formation of the district needed to turn in their protests by August 26th.

The Special Improvement District would be formed to fund the purchase of a used fire truck for the GFD. The assessment for each parcel of property in the city would be 20 cents for each 100 square feet of property. The money raised would be used to pay off a loan used to purchase the fire truck.

Montana law states that 51% of property owners in the city have to protest to stop the formation of the SID. The total that protested in this instance was 25%.

The Glasgow City Council will hold a public hearing on September 8th to hear comments on the formation of the district. The council will then have one final vote up or down on the district.

Wednesday, August 26th 2015
City Of Glasgow Has New Website
The City of Glasgow has a new website located at http://www.cityofglasgowmt.com

The new website has information on all the different departments in the City of Glasgow. You are also able to access city council agendas, city council minutes, city ordinances and building codes plus much more.

Tuesday, August 25th 2015
More Patrols For Labor Day
Glasgow – The Valley County Sheriff’s Office is joining other law enforcement agencies across Montana to deploy extra patrols to prevent impaired driving during the final weeks of summer. Saturation patrols for DUI enforcement are set for August 21 through Labor Day September 7.

“The time leading up to Labor Day is a high-risk period for impaired driving,” said Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier. “Please be mindful of all the other people sharing the road with you. Drive sober and make sure your friends and family plan for a sober driver. Remember to buckle up.”

The impaired Labor Day impaired driving crackdown is part of the national law enforcement effort, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Twenty law enforcement agencies across the state will participate. The extra patrols are funded by grants to city and county jurisdictions and the Montana Highway Patrol from the Montana Department of Transportation.

“Every year close to 100 people die in alcohol-related crashes on Montana roads,” said Mike Tooley, the director of the Montana Department of Transportation. “Every time an impaired driving crash shatters a life and breaks a family apart, the impact is even more tragic because we know it could have been prevented.”

Research studies show high visibility enforcement is effective in reducing impaired driving crashes. A report released late last year found a direct correlation between the number of traffic stops and the reduced incidence of impaired driving, as well as lower blood alcohol levels among those drivers who tested positive for blood alcohol content (Fell et al, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2015).

“Because it influences driver behavior, enforcement is one of our most effective tools to reach Vision Zero,” said Tooley. “When it comes to death and injury on our roadways, zero is the only number that is acceptable.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that high-visibility enforcement can reduce alcohol related driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.

Increased law enforcement presence, especially in conjunction with holiday celebrations that typically include alcohol are one prong of Vision Zero—to reach zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Montana’s roadways.

MDT collaborates with partner agencies and Montana residents to reach Vision Zero. Learn more at http://www.mdt.mt.gov/visionzero.

Tuesday, August 25th 2015
The Price Of Gasoline Could Fall Below $2 A Gallon This Year
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. -- Stock prices aren't the only thing fluctuating. The cost of fuel is as well. Oil closed below $40 a barrel for the first time since the Great Recession. Gasoline has fallen to a nationwide average of $2.59 a gallon. And in some places, it's a lot lower than that.

Filling up at a Woodbridge, New Jersey, gas station is like taking a drive back to 2009 -- that's the last time a gallon of gas was below $2 a gallon.

According to AAA, 12 states have at least one station selling gas for less than $2 a gallon.
Oil analyst Denton Cinquegrana says one reason for the low prices is the increase in U.S. oil production.

"U.S. production is at levels not seen since the early 70s," said Cinquegrana. "OPEC continues to produce at a very high level and now there's major concern about Chinese demand, which has been a driver for the past decade."


On the West Coast and in parts of the Midwest they're paying almost a dollar-and-a-half more than drivers in New Jersey.

Gas is more expensive in places like California partly because of production problems at refineries on the West Coast. But, on average, American households have saved at least $530 on gas so far this year.

Tuesday, August 25th 2015
Sage Grouse Meeting Set For October 1
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. The land cover mapping method under development combines high resolution aerial photography with high precision digital photography from representative ground locations throughout Valley County.

This summer field crews working for North West Management (NWM), a private firm contracted by the NRCS, have collected land cover photos and vegetation data from private and public lands. Over the coming months NWM mapping specialists will use this information, along with aerial photos and satellite imagery, to produce draft maps of vegetation cover types. These maps will characterize sage grouse habitat in the areas studied, and will not be used for any purpose other than sage grouse conservation work.

The public is invited to a meeting sponsored by the Valley County NRCS to meet NRCS and BLM specialists and members of the NWM field crews 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 54062 US Hwy 2 W, October 1st at 1 p.m. Contact Tracy Cumber at 406-228-4321 extension 126 for more information.

Monday, August 24th 2015
Attention Region 6 Hunters: FWP Seeks Input On 2016-2017 Hunting Seasons
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites hunters, outfitters, landowners and others to get involved now to help set hunting seasons for 2016 and 2017.

"FWP recognizes that Montana's hunting-season frameworks are important to both the hunting and agricultural communities," said Ron Aasheim, FWP spokesman in Helena. "The initial online comment system for this scoping process is easy to complete and open to anyone who wants to participate."

Initial comments and ideas on hunting regulation and adjustments can be submitted online by visiting FWP's website fwp.mt.gov, then click "2016-17 Hunting Seasons". The deadline to submit these initial comments is Sept. 3.

Proposals that emerge for the 2016 and 2017 hunting seasons will be presented to the Fish & Wildlife Commission in December, followed by public meetings and several additional comment opportunities in January 2016. The commission will consider all public comments before final regulations are presented in February 2016 for adoption.

If there are any questions on how to submit comments, please call the Region 6 FWP headquarters at 406-228-3700, or feel free to stop by the office at 54078 U.S. Hwy 2 West in Glasgow.

Friday, August 21st 2015
Utah Man Charged in Multiple Hunting Violations Across Three Counties
Christopher N. Brittain (33) of Utah was charged and has pleaded guilty to three counts of hunting without a license, three counts of unlawful possession and transportation of a game animal, two counts of failure to obtain landowner permission to hunt, two counts of waste of a game animal, and one count of hunting or killing over the limit.

In November of 2014, a caller reported three deer carcasses behind a storage building in Glasgow. An investigation ensued by Glasgow-area game warden Todd Tryan and area wildlife biologist Drew Henry.

The investigation determined that Brittain had killed a mule deer doe and 3x3 mule deer buck on a Block Management area in Sheridan County. Later, he killed a 4x4 mule deer buck on a Block Management area in McCone County. The carcasses of all three deer were then discarded, and some of the meat was allowed to go to waste, in Valley County.

The carcasses of all three deer were found behind the storage building. The heads and antlers of both bucks had been removed, and were later found in the back seat of Brittain’s work pickup during the investigation. Both sets of antlers were retrieved. Only one of the deer carcasses had all meat “suitable for food” removed, while the other two were left to waste. The remaining meat was retrieved and donated.

“Two of Montana’s bucks and a doe were taken from the sportsmen of Montana,” said Tryan. “Brittain did not possess a Montana hunting license, he failed to gain landowner permission to hunt on the Block Management areas, and he ultimately let some of the meat go to waste.”

Brittain was charged and paid fines in all three counties for the violations; Sheridan, McCone, and Valley. He was ordered to pay a total of $8,360 in fines, $1,300 in restitution, and has lost his privileges to hunt, fish, and trap in Montana for a total of eight years. He also lost his privileges to hunt, fish, and trap for a total of eight years in all 44 states that are members of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

“Thanks to a concerned citizen who decided to make the phone call, these violations were identified,” said Tryan. “We encourage anyone who observes a possible violation to call your local warden or 1-800-TIP-MONT.”

Anyone with information about crimes involving fish, wildlife or park regulations is encouraged to call FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

Thursday, August 20th 2015
Ribbon Cutting For New Elementary School Today At 1pm
The official ribbon cutting for the new Irle Elementary School in Glasgow is set for today at 1pm. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place in front of the Bundy Park entrance of the new school.

The new K-5 Elementary School is virtually completed with the exception of some cosmetic touch ups according to Glasgow School Superintendent Bob Connors. Much of the outside work has yet to be completed including the pouring of cement curbs and the pouring of asphalt for the bus drop off and the parent drop off areas. The playground area will be a work in progress as school is in session according to Superintendent Connors.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, folks will have a chance to tour the school and walk around the new building.

The first day of school is set for September 1st.

Thursday, August 20th 2015
Free Youth Outdoor Skills Event Scheduled September 2 at Glasgow Trap Club
A free youth outdoor skills event is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Glasgow Trap Club. The event is organized and funded by donations and volunteers from the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, The Glasgow Trap Club, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

The event --which will include clay pigeon, turkey silhouette and pellet-gun shooting stations, a casting clinic, as well as an archery range with 3-D hunting targets--is open to all youths up to 18 years old. Due to safety concerns, youths 9 and under can participate in all events except shotgun shooting. Each activity station will be fully staffed by qualified instructors.

Shotguns, pellet guns, ammunition, targets, fishing poles and archery equipment will be provided at no cost, and participants between ages 10 and 18 can bring their own shotguns and ammunition if they want. Organizers ask that personal firearms are unloaded and in safe, operating condition before bringing them to the event.

Youth registration begins onsite at 5 p.m., and the field activities will start at 5:30 p.m. A barbeque dinner is also scheduled, and a variety of prizes will be awarded to participants. The event ends at dark.

The Glasgow Trap Club is located off Skylark Road, north of Glasgow. After turning onto Skylark Road from Highway 2, veer right after a tenth of a mile, and then veer left. Follow the gravel road another two-tenths of a mile until arriving at the Trap Club on the right. Please contact Ed Sugg at 406-230-2033 with any questions.

Thursday, August 20th 2015
DPHHS Urges Caution Regarding Rabies Exposures
State and local public health officials remind Montanans to be aware of the risk for exposure to rabies this time of year. Rabies is a fatal viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of warm blooded animals but it is also preventable. The rabies virus is carried in the saliva of infected animals and is usually transmitted to people and other animals from the bite of a rabid animal. Although exposures can occur anytime, spring and summer are the seasons when most exposures occur as humans and animals emerge from the long Montana winter.

Skunks are the most common four legged animals infected with rabies in Montana, however, the majority of reported human exposures result from bats. In 2014, there were hundreds of reports of animal bites in Montana, including over 42 reported encounters between bats and people. During the same period, 11 of the 105 bats and 5 of 11 skunks submitted to the Department of Livestock’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory tested positive for rabies. Rabies is also not limited to wild animals; in 2014, two dogs and one cat also tested positive.

Last year, over 122 people in Montana were started on the rabies post-exposure treatment due to an exposure to a rabid or suspected rabid animal. Treatment costs range from $2,000 to $7,000 per person.

“Be smart this spring and summer and take time to learn a few basic tips that will protect you and your family,” said Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Richard Opper.

To avoid possible exposures, keep the following rabies prevention tips in mind:

• Do not feed or handle wild animals, especially bats. Teach children never to touch wild animals or handle bats, even dead ones. Ask children to tell an adult if they see or find a bat.

• Vaccinate dogs and cats against rabies. All dogs and cats should have a current rabies certificate.

• Bat-proof your house. Close all outside openings larger than 3/8” in the walls, roofs, and floors. Put screens on all windows, doors and chimneys to prevent bats from entering.

• Watch for abnormal wild animal behavior. Most wild animals are not seen during the daytime. If you see one and it is acting strangely, leave it alone and contact the local health department or animal control agency.

If you or your child has any contact with a bat, or are bitten or scratched by any wild or stray animal, please do the following:

• Wash any bite or wound with soap and water.
• Contact a health care provider or public health department for appropriate follow-up.

Because bat bites can be difficult to detect, it is important that any potential physical contact with a bat be brought to the attention of a health care provider or public health officials for a risk assessment. Bats found in homes, especially sleeping areas, are a concern because people can be bitten by bats and not even be aware they were bitten. “It is important to consult with health authorities if you find a bat in your home,” Opper said.

"We urge people not to approach or feed wild or and stray animals and never touch a bat,” said Elton Mosher of the DPHHS Communicable Disease and Epidemiology Bureau. “Protect yourself, your pets and the community by getting your animals vaccinated and don’t touch wild animals.”

Officials remind anyone who may have been exposed not to destroy the animal before speaking to your local health department. It may be possible to observe some animals to rule out rabies and eliminate the need for preventive treatment. Contact the local health department or animal control for instructions on what to do. More information can be found at http://dphhs.mt.gov/

Tuesday, August 18th 2015
Valley County Has Confirmed Case Of Rabies In Bat And Now Urges Caution Regarding Rabies Exposure
State and local public health officials remind Montanans to be aware of the risk for exposure to rabies this time of year. Rabies is a fatal viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of warm blooded animals but it is also preventable. The rabies virus is carried in the saliva of infected animals and is usually transmitted to people and other animals from the bite of a rabid animal. Although exposures can occur anytime, spring and summer are the seasons when most exposures occur as humans and animals emerge from the long Montana winter.

Skunks are the most common four legged animals infected with rabies in Montana, however, the majority of reported human exposures result from bats. In 2014, there were hundreds of reports of animal bites in Montana, including over 42 reported encounters between bats and people. During the same period, 11 of the 105 bats and 5 of 11 skunks submitted to the Department of Livestock’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory tested positive for rabies. Rabies is also not limited to wild animals; in 2014, two dogs and one cat also tested positive.

Last year, over 122 people in Montana were started on the rabies post-exposure treatment due to an exposure to a rabid or suspected rabid animal. Treatment costs range from $2,000 to $7,000 per person.

“Be smart this spring and summer and take time to learn a few basic tips that will protect you and your family,” said Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Richard Opper.

To avoid possible exposures, keep the following rabies prevention tips in mind:

• Do not feed or handle wild animals, especially bats. Teach children never to touch wild animals or handle bats, even dead ones. Ask children to tell an adult if they see or find a bat.

• Vaccinate dogs and cats against rabies. All dogs and cats should have a current rabies certificate.

• Bat-proof your house. Close all outside openings larger than 3/8” in the walls, roofs, and floors. Put screens on all windows, doors and chimneys to prevent bats from entering.

• Watch for abnormal wild animal behavior. Most wild animals are not seen during the daytime. If you see one and it is acting strangely, leave it alone and contact the local health department or animal control agency.

If you or your child has any contact with a bat, or are bitten or scratched by any wild or stray animal, please do the following:

• Wash any bite or wound with soap and water.
• Contact a health care provider or public health department for appropriate follow-up.

Because bat bites can be difficult to detect, it is important that any potential physical contact with a bat be brought to the attention of a health care provider or public health officials for a risk assessment. Bats found in homes, especially sleeping areas, are a concern because people can be bitten by bats and not even be aware they were bitten. “It is important to consult with health authorities if you find a bat in your home,” Opper said.

"We urge people not to approach or feed wild or and stray animals and never touch a bat,” said Elton Mosher of the DPHHS Communicable Disease and Epidemiology Bureau. “Protect yourself, your pets and the community by getting your animals vaccinated and don’t touch wild animals.”

Officials remind anyone who may have been exposed not to destroy the animal before speaking to your local health department. It may be possible to observe some animals to rule out rabies and eliminate the need for preventive treatment. Contact the local health department or animal control for instructions on what to do. More information can be found at http://dphhs.mt.gov/

Tuesday, August 18th 2015
Montana Counties Ranked According to Ability To Get A Mortgage
A website titled https://smartasset.com/mortgage/mortgage-rates#montana/origination-rate has highlighted Valley County as one of the top 10 counties in Montana to get a mortgage. In fact, Valley County is ranked number 40 in the state under the categories of best mortgage markets, loan funding rates, borrowing costs, property taxes and mortgage payments.

For the full story visit https://smartasset.com/mortgage/mortgage-rates#montana/origination-rate

Monday, August 17th 2015
Fort Peck Concludes 46th Season With Steel Magnolias
Originally a hit play that was turned into the famous film starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field and Dolly Parton, Steel Magnolias is a heart-warming, touching and very funny look at the lives, relationships and gossip of six southern women who gather at Truvy’s Beauty Salon.

Steel Magnolias is directed by FPST Artistic Director Andy Meyers, who sought a seasoned cast to fill the show’s iconic roles. The result is a “Who’s Who” of Pacific Northwest theatre:

Johanna Carlisle (Truvy), hails from Phoenix, Arizona, where she performs extensively with every regional theatre in the city. She previously starred as The Reverend Mother in Fort Peck’s NUNSENSE II

Alicia Bullock-Muth (Claree), a staple of Montana theatre and opera, has appeared at Fort Peck as Mama Rose in Gypsy and Widow Paroo in The Music Man. She served as musical director for Willy Wonka, The Music Man and this season’s Tarzan.

Alexa Etchart (Shelby) is a Glasgow native, whose many FPST roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Rizzo in Grease. Currently residing in Los Angeles, she recently co-starred on television in Grey’s Anatomy.

Pat Sibley (Ouiser) is a Seattle based actress, whose long resume includes the National Broadway tours of Young Frankenstein, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma, Annie and Memphis. She is making her FPST debut in Steel Magnolias

Pam L. Veis (M’Lynn), the quintessential ‘FPST audience favorite’, most recently starred as Louise in Always…Patsy Cline and Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy. She is also a cherished actor and director in Havre, MT.

Megan Wiltshire (Annelle) recently directed Fort Peck’s Tarzan and choreographed The Buddy Holly Story, in addition to playing many roles. She has toured internationally as an actor/director with Missoula Children’s Theatre.

Performances are August 21 – September 6: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm.

For tickets and information, call the Fort Peck Summer Theatre Box Office at (406) 526-9943

Steel Magnolias concludes the 2015 season, but FPST looks forward to next year’s exciting line-up: The Last Five Years, Man of LaMancha, My Way: The Frank Sinatra Tribute, Mary Poppins and The Woman in Black.

Monday, August 17th 2015
Governor Bullock Declares Fire Emergency In Montana
Helena, Mont. – Citing active wildfires and extreme fire danger across the state, Governor Steve Bullock has issued an executive order declaring a fire emergency in Montana.

“Montana is facing extreme fire conditions. This declaration will provide additional resources to the brave men and women fighting these fires,,” Bullock said of the declaration. “As firefighters continue to battle blazes across the state, I encourage Montanans to be aware of fires in their area, obey any evacuation orders that may be issued, and ensure they’re not taking actions that might spark new fires.”

The declaration allows Bullock to mobilize state resources and the Montana National Guard to combat the fires, as well as expend funds to meet the contingencies and needs that may arise from them.

Bullock made the declaration after receiving a fire briefing from the Director of the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation and State Forester.

High temperatures, dry conditions, lightning, and wind have helped to spark fires across the state.

Bullock plans to visit fire locations this week as conditions allow.

For the latest on fire conditions across Montana go to: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/27/

Sunday, August 16th 2015
Comment Sought On Proposed 2016 Fishing Regulations, Public Meeting To Be Held In Glasgow
Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission is seeking comment on proposed 2016 fishing regulations. Statewide public meetings are scheduled to discuss the proposed regulations. For the Region 6 area, the meeting will be held in the Quonset building at Region 6 FWP Headquarters in Glasgow from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.

While most current regulations would remain in effect, the proposed changes for March 2016 through February 2017 are largely aimed at making regulations easier to follow and increasing angling opportunities.

The Fisheries Division has, among other things, proposed the following changes to the Eastern Fishing District:
Prohibit bow fishing for gar.
Allow 10 species as live bait in the Eastern and Central Fishing Districts
Establish a lottery drawing for paddlefish harvest in the Missouri River above Fort Peck Dam
Require mandatory paddlefish-harvest reporting.

The proposed changes are available for review and comment on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "Fishing" and then "Fishing Home." Anglers are invited to participate by reviewing these and other FWP proposals and contributing comments.

Comments may also be mailed to Joel Tohtz, Fisheries Management Bureau Chief, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59601; or email to fwpfsh@mt.gov.

Comments must be received by Sept. 12. The Fish & Wildlife Commission will take final action on the regulations in October.

Friday, August 14th 2015
Fire Burning In Remote Area Of Valley County
A fire was burning in the Timber Creek area of southwestern Valley County. The lightning-caused blaze started on Thursday in Phillips County and spread into Valley County last night.

As of early Friday morning, the fire was at ten acres. A helicopter and fire-fighting crews were on scene to help battle the blaze.

Friday, August 14th 2015
City Asks To Replace Outdated Fire Trucks
The City of Glasgow has sent out a letter of intent to raise funds for a fire appliance asking property owners inside the City of Glasgow to make an important decision in the coming weeks.

Just a clarification on the letter: a"YES" vote means that you are NOT in favor of the assessment (you are protesting it). A "NO" vote means you ARE in favor of the assessment and the city can move forward in purchasing a truck.

If you have already sent in your ballot and marked it incorrectly, you can come down to the City Office and make the change.

There will be a public hearing on September 8th at 5:30 in the Council Chambers in the Civic Center.

The Glasgow City Council and the Glasgow Fire Department have jointly conducted a comprehensive, detailed fire protection needs assessment of our community. The results of the needs assessment have pointed out the city has two unreliable and unsafe fire trucks that need to be replaced. The two trucks are a 1976 pumper truck and a 1988 ladder truck that have served our community beyond their safe and reliable service life. Both trucks require more in repair costs to keep them operating than they are currently worth.

If the Special Improvement District No. 1 for the purchase of an Appliance for Fire Protection is created the Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Fire Department plan to replace these two trucks with a single fully functioning, well maintained, gently used, pumper truck that also has a ladder on top. The proposed truck will have the ability to service every building in town from small to large. The cost of the used truck the City of Glasgow is searching for is $500,000 as compared to about $800,000 for a new one. Through fundraising efforts in our community you have helped the Fire Department raise $150,000 to put towards the purchase. The cost to replace both of these trucks with new ones is approximately $1,250,000, making the used dual purpose truck a much more financially responsible purchase for our community.

By purchasing a truck of this design it allows us to meet the requirement to maintain the current fire rating which affects your insurance costs. Creating this district will allow property owners to maintain their current level of savings that benefits them. In the event the creation of the Special Improvement District is not created the result could be an increase of insurance costs as much as 10%. As an example a property that would sell today for about $200,000 could result in an insurance cost increase of $120 per year or more. The same property would only pay approximately $15 dollars per year to maintain the current level of fire protection if the measure passes.

The safety of your community and the safety of your neighbors, who serve this community by volunteering their time, are greatly increased by having safer and more reliable equipment.

Thank you for considering the proposed Special Improvement District that, if created, will provide your fire department with the tools and equipment it needs to protect the Glasgow community.

If you have any questions or need additional information please feel free to contact a member of the Glasgow Fire Department


On behalf of the members of The Glasgow Fire Department

Brandon Brunelle

Glasgow Fire Chief

Friday, August 14th 2015
Relay For Life Schedule Of Events
Friday, August 14
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. *Team Registration (Fair Office)
5:30 - 6:45 p.m. *Survivor Registration and Reception (Under the Grandstand)
*Keynote Speaker – Carol Neufeld
5:30 – 7:00 a.m. *Silent Auction (Under the Grandstand)
The “Section 1” silent and take a chance auctions will close at 11:00 p.m. Friday night and the “Section 2” silent auction will close at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning; payment must be made at that time.
7:00 p.m. *Opening by Rod Karst/Dyan Carlson
*Opening Prayer – Pastor Scott Hedegaard
*Survivors positioned on track for lap – ALL Survivors!
*Flag presentation – VFW Post 3107
*National Anthem
*Flame of Hope Lighting – Wayne Shipp
(Special thanks to the keepers of the Flame – Bill & Kareen Nicol)
*Keynote address – Megan Schafer
*Survivor Lap
*Team laps begin
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. *Entertainment
8:00-8:30 McKenna & Summer Strommen
8:30-9:00 Old Geezer
9:00-9:30 Jessica (Jimison) Heir
9:30-10:00 Mr. Relay
10:00 p.m. *Luminaria Ceremony (Public & participants encouraged to participate in lighting luminaria)
* Names and pictures scrolled on the large screen
Note: We ask that you respect those around you and keep the noise to a
minimum, and that all lights remain out during the ceremony. Thank you.
10:30 p.m. *Caregiver Lap (caregivers pick up glow sticks in front of stage)
11:00 p.m. “Section 1” Silent Auction finishes – winners must take care of payment

Saturday, August 15th
Midnight *Fight Back Ceremony
*Midnight lunch served at the 4-H booth
2:00 – 5:00 a.m. *Amazing Race – sponsored by Eugene’s Pizza and Taco Shack
6:00 a.m. *Reveille – Brad Persinger
*Yoga with Toni LaGree
6:30 a.m. *Breakfast served at the 4-H booth
7:00 a.m. * “Section 2” Silent Auction finishes – winners must take care of payment
8:00 a.m. *Wrap -up of raffles and any other sales
8:30 a.m. *Wrap-up by Rod Karst & the Organizing Committee
(NOTE: If you wish to take your Luminaria bag(s) please do so at this time)
9:00 a.m. *Victory lap by EVERYBODY present

Games for both adults and children will be held throughout the Relay.

Friday, August 14th 2015
HealthCARE Montana – Creating Access to Rural Education
Training the Workforce of Tomorrow

Montana’s population is aging and leaving the workforce, resulting in new demands on Montana’s healthcare industry. In September 2014, Montana received a $15 million grant award through the US Department of Labor to expand opportunities for Montanans to train in healthcare careers. 15 Montana two-year colleges, community colleges and tribal colleges are working together to improve healthcare training opportunities in the state, with over 39 healthcare facilities agreeing to participate in the project. Before its expiration in 2017, the HealthCARE Montana grant will result in the completion of nearly 2,500 new one-year certificates and two-year degrees in healthcare careers.

45 of Montana’s 56 counties are classified as “frontier” so colleges are tasked with creating more on-line and distance training programs allowing rural Montanans the opportunity to earn a one-year certificate or two-year degree without leaving their community. The grant is also instrumental in creating the first formal healthcare apprenticeship training program in Montana.

The grant targets adults including veterans, displaced workers, the unemployed, and the underemployed to fill the approximately 1300 healthcare positions available each year. “A strong economy requires a talented and trained workforce with the skills to fill the jobs that are most in demand, and this is especially true in Montana’s growing health care industry,” Governor Steve Bullock said of the grant.

Currently, Montana two-year colleges offer at least 31 two-year degrees and 20 one-year certificates in both clinical and allied health occupations. Most healthcare careers pay a higher wage than other occupations that require an equal length of training. According to The Montana Department of Labor & Industry 2024 Employment Projections, with a two-year associate’s degree the average annual wage for a Registered Nurse is $61,814; Dental Hygienist is $68,591; and Radiology Technician is $53,377. The average annual wage for a Medical Assistant is $31,263; Pharmacy Technician is $33,408; and Dental Assistant is $33,202 which are one-year certificate programs.

The HealthCARE Montana project is housed within the University of Montana and works in partnership with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry and the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) located in 5 regions throughout Montana. Staff working on the grant include Health Care Transformation Specialists who serve as liaisons between the grant and their college; Workforce Coordinators who serve as liaisons between the grant and healthcare employers, and Health Professions Career Coaches who work directly with students to identify careers that fit the interest and lifestyle of the student, assist students to prepare for and/or enroll in the program of their choice, and help to seek out available financial aid and funding for the student.

Anyone interested in more information on a training or apprenticeship program in a healthcare field can find a Career Coach in their region by visiting: healthcaremontana.org, or calling: Dorie at (406) 234-1400.

Friday, August 14th 2015
Region 6 Block Management Program Looking to Have a Good Year in 2015
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park’s Block Management Area (BMA) enrollment for the 2015 hunting season has been completed and things are moving along as hunting season fast approaches.

Eighteen new properties were enrolled in Region 6, totaling 45,293 acres; however, seven landowners across the region left the program, resulting in roughly 10,000 total acres less than last year.

“For 2015, Region 6 has 320 properties totaling 1,179,255 acres, making up 172 BMAs, and providing enhanced access to over 500,000 public land acres,” said Tim Potter Jr., Region 6 Hunting Access Coordinator. “We want to thank all of the landowners contributing to the BMA program.”

Block Management Hunting Guides, both the hard copy and web version, will be available starting August 14th at any FWP office. To get a guide sent to you, call any FWP office and request one.

August 15th is also the opener for archery antelope, and Region 6 will have some BMAs open in Blaine and Phillips counties. Please refer to the access guide for details.

On August 21st, reservations open for Type 2 BMAs, where the landowner administers the hunting permission. Again, please refer to the access guide for individual permission types and requirements. Hunting Access Technicians will be hitting the field and setting up for the September 1st upland bird opener, and all BMAs will be open for business by this date.

To follow the Block Management program in Region 6, be sure check out the Region 6 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MontanaFWP.R6 for updates. Every Monday throughout the season, FWP will be highlighting BMAs across Region 6.

Thursday, August 13th 2015
Organizations Looking For Back To School Donations
Around 480,000 yellow school buses carry 25 million children to and from school every day. Here in Northeast Montana, a group of civic organizations and a local business have teamed up to make sure that the students making that trek have the supplies they need to set them on the path for a successful school year.

Helping in the endeavor are the Glasgow Soroptimists, Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, and Bethany Knight with Edward Jones. They thank everyone for the donations that have been so generously flowing in thus far. With many of our local Class C school years beginning next week and Glasgow’s classes beginning on September 1st, they are now in need of Kleenex and disinfecting wipes. Donations can be dropped off at Bethany Knight’s office in downtown Glasgow. Cash donations cannot be accepted.

Thank you again to everyone that’s made this year’s program a continued success.

Wednesday, August 12th 2015
Regatta Poster Winner Announced; Sailing Set For This Weekend

Fort Peck Montana – The 2015 Fort Peck Sailing Club again sponsored a Poster contest.

Students from the Nashua High School Art Program were invited to create painted works of art Representing Sailboats racing on Fort Peck Lake. Eighteen students produced art. The students art teacher was Ms. Jamie Hanson. This is the 2nd year the Nashua High School has created art for the poster.

Ms. Hanson’s class depicted sailboats with colorful sails, great backgrounds of green grass lands, beautiful sunsets on the waters of Fort Peck Lake and the ever present Fort Peck Dam power houses.

The 2015 winner of the Regatta poster contest is Natasha Chamberlain, Nashua Montana. Natasha is a Junior at the Nashua High School. Natasha’s depiction of white sailed sailboats beating up through the beautiful blue waters next to the Fort Peck Dam was very colorful. The vistas from below the dam were created with a glorious multitude of purples, oranges, yellow and red.

The artwork is used as the centerpiece of the Regatta poster. The poster is used in advertising the Can-Am Fort Peck Sailing Regatta. The 2015 event will be held at the Fort Peck Marina. The schedule of events is detailed in this article.
Thank you to all the Nashua High School art students for participating in this year’s event.

2015 CAN-AM FORT PECK SAILING REGATTA DETAILS
Who: Montana and Canadian Sailors
When: August 14-16, 2015
Where: Fort Peck Marina (Big Water, Big Fun, Big Sky)
How: Come to the Fort Peck Marina or contact the Fort Peck Lake Sailing Club
Rafe Sigmunstad rafes@rafes.org Page Anderson pagebartowanderson@gmail.com

2015 Can-Am Fort Peck Sailing Regatta
Fort Peck Marina

Schedule of Events
Friday, August 14th
• Racing Seminar: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
This seminar will be for the benefit of all sailors and race committee members, or for anyone curious about sailboat racing in general.


2:00 p.m. A brief dry-land presentation covering
• Race course layout
• Starting sequences and signals
• Basic racing rules
• Basic strategy
3:00 p.m. On the water practice races with individual coaching for new racers.
• 6:00 p.m. On shore dinner, Location to be announced.

• Saturday, August 15th
• Registration and breakfast from 8:00 to 9:00 am
• Competitors’ Meeting 9:00 am
• On Course Race Warning Signal for all Sailors 10:00 am
• Lunch on-shore 12:00 or 1:00 p.m.
• No races after 5:00 pm
• Dinner at 6:00 pm

• Sunday, August 16th
• Breakfast from 8:00-9:00 am
• On Course Race Warning Signal 10:00 am
• Lunch 1:00 p.m.
• No races after 2:30 pm
• Awards ceremony after Racing

Tuesday, August 11th 2015
Meeting Concerning Disasters Set For Tuesday
The City of Glasgow and Valley County are working on several projects related to hazards and disasters, and community input is needed on these topics.

Officials will also explain potential future funding opportunities for the numerous issues that we face here on the Hi-line.

From the concerns with the Glasgow levee, to our severe summer storms, the many flood types we see, winter weather, hazmat and disease, we want to hear what concerns you have, and what ideas you have. What needs are there in the community that should be addressed? What repetitive losses can we work on mitigating?

This meeting will touch upon the Valley County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan that is being updated, give updates on what the Glasgow Levee Committee has been working on, and discuss the Community Development Block Grant on Disaster Resilience being administered by the Montana Dept of Commerce.

This is a public meeting, and you are welcome to join us on Tuesday, August 11th from 6-8 pm at the Cottonwood Inn.

Tanja Fransen
Glasgow Levee Committee/Local Emergency Planning Committee

Tuesday, August 11th 2015
Missouri River Runoff Below Normal In July
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Basin Water Management Division reports runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, for the month of July was 2.7 million acre feet (MAF), 81 percent of normal. The 2015 runoff forecast is 25.0 MAF, 99 percent of normal. Average annual runoff is 25.2 MAF.

The total volume of water stored in the Mainstem Reservoir System is currently 61.3 MAF, occupying 5.2 MAF of the 16.3 MAF combined flood control storage zones. “System storage peaked on July 9 at 61.9 MAF and is gradually declining. The water currently stored in the annual flood control zone will be released during the remainder of the year to serve navigation, water supply and other downstream purposes and will be completely evacuated prior to the start of next year’s runoff season,” said Farhat.

As previously announced, the Corps will be providing flows to support full service navigation as well as a full eight-month navigation season. Full service flow support is generally sufficient to provide a navigation channel that is 9 feet deep and 300 feet wide. “Gavins Point releases will be adjusted as necessary to meet full service navigation targets in reaches with commercial navigation,” added Farhat.

Fort Peck Dam releases averaged 8,100 cfs in July. Releases will remain near that rate during August. The reservoir ended July at elevation 2236.2 feet, down 0.7 feet. The reservoir is forecasted to fall less than 2 feet by the end of August.

Tuesday, August 11th 2015
Reminder of Upcoming Bison Impact Study Hearings in Malta
State wildlife officials are in the middle of hosting public hearings to discuss and take comment on a draft environmental impact statement for bison conservation and management in Montana. For the Region 6 area, the upcoming hearing will be held in Malta on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Bison are currently designated as both a wildlife species in need of management and a species in need of disease control in Montana. The draft statewide bison conservation and management EIS, prepared by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, considers the possibility of bison restoration somewhere in Montana where animals could be managed as a native species.

The hearing in Malta is set for three hours, from 6-9 p.m., located at the Malta High School at S. 9th St. West. FWP is encouraging anyone interested in discussing and commenting on the draft EIS to attend.

While no site-specific area is examined, the draft offers four alternatives. The "no action" alternative calls for no further action to restore bison at this time. The three other alternatives consider restoration of a publicly managed bison herd on:

· private and/or public lands of willing landowners;
· tribal lands; and/or
· a large landscape with minimal livestock conflicts.

Potential impacts are evaluated for each alternative but in lieu of site-specific areas, the draft EIS displays case studies from Montana, Utah, Alaska and Canada to illustrate scenarios. The case studies reflect the general guidelines for bison restoration discussed in the draft document.

Selection of any alternative that calls for bison restoration would require further analysis through a site-specific environmental assessment.

For more information, or to comment online, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov. Click on Bison EIS. The draft EIS will be available for 90 days of public comment through 5 p.m. on Sept. 11. Comments can be mailed to: Bison Conservation and Management EIS; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59620-0701. A final record of decision would likely be finalized early next year.

Tuesday, August 11th 2015
Elk Shoulder Season Comment Extended
State wildlife officials extended comment an additional 18 days on a proposal to create guidelines for pre- and post-season hunting opportunities to aid in the reduction of some elk populations.

The elk "shoulder season" guidelines would allow for developing and proposing elk hunting seasons to improve elk-harvest management in specific locales.

Public comment, which was to end today, was extended to Aug. 28 to allow additional time for review of the proposal. The Fish & Wildlife Commission meeting set for Oct. 8 was also moved from Kalispell to Helena to accommodate anticipated public interest.

"Shoulder seasons add time for harvest to the existing general season," explained Quentin Kujala, the wildlife bureau coordinator for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena. "Based on population sizes and elk harvest rates, both the general season and shoulder seasons will need to contribute significantly to overall harvest."
Kujala said there are expectations among the governor, lawmakers, and the public for FWP to manage elk at established population objectives, which were developed through a public process.

Today, 80 of 138 elk management units that have a stated objective and have been recently surveyed are currently over population objectives, Kujala said.

"For FWP to manage to objectives it will require increased elk harvest in areas over objective," Kujala said. "That's what shoulder season can help to achieve, but only if hunting access to elk on private land, or isolated public land, is also increased during the general hunting season in many of these over-objective areas. That's a crucial consideration. Public hunting, during the general hunting season, is still the primary mechanism for wildlife population control in Montana."

The proposed guidelines include all currently available harvest tools, including season structure, types of licenses and permits, game damage hunts, game management seasons, and hunting season extensions.

As proposed, shoulder seasons could include any firearm season in the commission-approved hunting regulations that occurs outside the five-week general firearm season. Montana's general hunting season begins in late October and ends the Sunday after Thanksgiving Day.

Shoulder season hunting opportunities could occur between Aug. 15 and Feb. 15 and could include hunting for antlered and antlerless elk.

Measurable harvest criteria are also outlined to ensure a uniform assessment of how shoulder seasons are performing by FWP and the public.

"Harvest by hunters in the general season and total harvest will be used to assess shoulder season effectiveness," Kujala said. "Estimates of elk population annual growth and annual harvest will routinely be made publicly available by FWP."

The proposed criteria stress that – in addition to shoulder seasons – hunter access during the general season must increase in many areas where elk populations exceed management objectives.

Kujala explained that FWP won't propose to maintain shoulder seasons in areas where a lack of hunting access during the general season results in elk movement to private lands. This sort of elk distribution can reduce elk presence and harvest on public lands and other private properties open to hunting access.

Kujala said a significant difference between shoulder seasons and other hunt options outside the general season is the wide availability of hunters and hunter opportunity. For instance, participation in shoulder seasons would not be limited to hunters drawn from the hunt roster.

Another difference is the evaluation process. Shoulder season criteria are applied post season instead of being used as entry requirements. There has to be at least a defined minimum amount of general season hunting, including reasonable hunting access, occurring and contributing to a sufficient overall harvest.

Comments will be taken until 5 p.m. on Aug. 28. For more information or to comment online visit the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "Submit Public Comments," then click "Hunting & Trapping." Or write to: FWP – Wildlife Division, Attn: Public Comment, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

Monday, August 10th 2015
Apprentice Hunter Rule Approved
Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission approved a new rule this week that clears the way for the state's "apprentice hunter" law to take effect.

The law, enacted earlier this year by the state Legislature, allows youth 10-17 years of age to obtain a certification to purchase some Montana hunting licenses before completing a hunter education course. Apprentice hunters, however, are required to be accompanied by an adult mentor.

The $5 Apprentice Certification will be available beginning Monday, Aug. 10 only at FWP offices.

The new rule approved Thursday defines certain mentor responsibilities and establishes the process for designating and identifying a mentor.

Under the law, apprentice-hunter certification is for two license years only. After two years, the apprentice hunter must complete a hunter safety and education course. Also, to participate in the program, an apprentice hunter must:
· be between the ages of 10-17 years old;
· obtain a $5 certification from an FWP office; certification forms are available online;
· have all appropriate licenses in their possession at all times while in the field.

For a prospective mentor to participate, he or she must be:
· 21 years old or older;
· related to the apprentice by blood, adoption, or marriage; or be the apprentice's legal guardian, or appointed by the apprentice's legal guardian;
· have completed hunter education–if born after Jan. 1, 1985;
· have a current Montana hunting license;
· agree to supervise and remain within sight of and direct voice contact with the apprentice hunter at all times while in the field;
· only accompany one apprentice at a time;
· confirm that the apprentice is psychologically and physically prepared to hunt.

Mentors are also required to complete and sign a form, along with the apprentice, and if applicable, the apprentice's parent or legal guardian. Mentor forms are free and are also available via FWP's website.

An apprentice hunter is not eligible to obtain a special bow and arrow license without first completing a bowhunter education course; a resident hound training license for chasing mountain lion; a bighorn sheep license; an elk license if under 15 years of age. Nor can an apprentice hunter participate in any of Montana's limited-quota hunting license or permit drawings.

Violation of the terms by an apprentice hunter or mentor could result in the loss of hunting privileges for up to one full license season.

The $5 Apprentice Certification will be available beginning Monday, Aug. 10 only at FWP offices.

For more information visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov, then click "Apprentice Hunter Program".

Monday, August 10th 2015
Be Careful Which Cheerleading Fundraiser You Support
There is reportedly a company out of Texas calling local people about donating $400 to have their name on "Pom Poms" as a fundraiser for the cheerleaders. One company is endorsed one is NOT and the one that is not appears to be calling local businesses right now.

Glasgow High School Cheerleaders only endorse the use of the company "Spiritstop" out of Texas for their fundraising needs.

If you receive a call from a company about donating money please clarify the name of the company and ask for a copy of the confirmation page signed by our cheerleading advisor.

All other requests that cannot produce this proper information are seeking funds without the endorsement of the cheerleaders and GHS.

Please contact GHS Administration if you have any further questions.

Monday, August 10th 2015
Donation Made To Glasgow High School Educational Trust; Award Winners Named
Gayle Wagenhals Sage, a member of the Glasgow High School class of 1971, proudly describes herself as a “Scotty for Life!!” In affirmation of that spirit, she recently donated $10,000 to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust. This is her second such gift. In 2012, she made her first donation of $10,000 to the trust in memory of her parents, life-long Scotty boosters, Richard “Dick” Wagenhals and Mary Lou Alley Wagenhals. In making her second gift, Sage wrote, “Glasgow was the greatest place to grow up, and this is my way of giving back to my hometown. I have developed friendships that have lasted my whole life. Glasgow is a community that has always supported its youth, and this gift will help to continue supporting GHS students for years to come!”

After graduating from GHS, Gayle Wagenhals Sage attended Eastern Montana College (now MSU-Billings) where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education/Elementary Education. She taught second grade in Poplar for five years and knows from experience and observation what a profound difference a quality education can make in an individual’s life. To her, investing in the education of others, especially those who may need financial assistance, is both professionally and personally meaningful.

As with all gifts to the trust, Sage’s donation will be invested. The interest earned on the trust’s corpus, which now exceeds $5 million dollars, is used for financial aid to GHS alumni who are attending college or vocational/technical schools. Grants are awarded through a semi-annual application process administered by the trustees. Applicants must have completed one year of college or one semester of vocational/technical school, be full-time students in good academic standing, show steady progress toward the completion of a degree, and meet other requirements listed on the application to be eligible. Students may apply by July 1st of each year to receive assistance for both semesters of the upcoming school term or by October 15th of each year to receive aid for the spring semester only. The application and other information about the trust are available online at www.ghsedutrust.org.

Since its founding in 1964 by the GHS Class of 1938, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust has given 2,074 grants valued over $1.7 million dollars to hundreds of GHS alumni attending schools across the nation. Many of these students (89%) have received multiple gifts over their courses of study. This includes nontraditional students who may be completing their education through online and/or correspondence courses.

The trust also purchases equipment and programs for GHS which cannot be financed within the school’s regular budget. These gifts have been given to every department to enrich the educational experience of all students and to benefit the community at large when it attends events at the school or uses its facilities To date, the value of these gifts is $205,055.03.

Whenever the trust receives donations in the name of a particular individual that total over $500 in value, a gift is made to a student or a department of GHS in that individual’s name. Gifts of $10,000 or more entitle the donor to an annual naming opportunity in perpetuity. All donations are tax deductible, and gifts of all sizes of stock, real estate, and cash are greatly appreciated.

At its recent semi-annual meeting, the trust made grants to 44 different students, including one to honor the generosity of Gayle Wagenhals Sage.

First time recipients:

Shyla Bergtoll, Weber State University, IMO Ivy & Millie Knight; Alex Daggett, Minot State University , IMO Horace O. & Emma C. Gamas; Megan Dailey, Dickinson State University, IHO Beryl Pehlke; Emma Fewer, University of Montana-Missoula, IMO Ardis Parke Fuhrman; Madison Hansen, Montana State University-Bozeman, IMO Dean Rusher; Erika Hartsock, Montana State University-Billings, IMO Lila Moen Sanders & IHO Phyllis Moen Sanguine; Abigail Helland, Montana State University-Bozeman, IMO Dr. Nancy Lee Etchart; Lane Herbert, University of North Dakota, IMO Ronald A. Combs; Kylie Herringer, University of Colorado, IMO James & Anne Hoffmann; Skyler Sallee, Appalachian Bible College, IMO Maxine Fiedler; Connor Simensen, Flathead Valley Community College, IMO Richard “Dick” & Mary Lou Alley Wagenhals; Mariah Stein, Dakota College at Bottineau, IMO Donna Lee Squires Etchart; Lachlan Vaira, University of North Dakota, IHO Christoffersen & Knierim, P.C.; Rachel Zeiger, Gillette College, IRO Ione & Phyliss Kleppin.

Second time recipients:

Travis Austin, North Dakota State College of Science, IMO Aaron “Chappy” Chatten; Danielle Belleau, Dakota College at Bottineau, IHO Everett & Elizabeth Breigenzer; Griffin Bengochea, Montana State University-Bozeman, IMO Verda Hoffarth Stewart; Kelsey Borgen, Montana State University-Billings, IHO James & Ailene Dokken Olk Family; Janine Chalmers, Brigham Young University-Idaho, IHO Gayle Wagenhals Sage; Alaina Cole, Montana State University-Bozeman, IHO Bill & Peggy Pattison; Debra Griebel, University of North Dakota – Grand Forks, IRO Tom & Flora Coghlan Family; Jami Johnson, Montana State University-Bozeman, IHO Sever & Esther Enkerud; Taylor Odenbach, Montana State University-Bozeman, IMO James “Jamie” Fewer; Alex Page, University of Montana – Skaggs School of Pharmacy, IMO Arthur & Audrey Parke; Rachel Pewitt, Minot State University, IHO Charlotte Bruce; Kristina Rauscher, University of Great Falls, IHO Charlotte Bruce; Taylor Strommen, Western Governors University, IRO Herb & Lucille Friedl Family; Andrew Wageman, University of North Dakota, IMO Harold H. and Irene W. Smith; Laurel Wageman, Montana State University-Bozeman, IMO Wallace L. Johnson.

Third time recipients:

Devyn Bell, Gonzaga University, IMO L. J. & Jean Baker; Kirsten Bense, Montana State University-Northern, IHO O. E. & Lois Markle Family; Emily Etchart, University of Montana-Missoula, IMO Dr. F. M. & Bernice Knierim; Janice Griebel, Montana State University-Northern, IRO Willard & Charlotte Bruce Family; Joshua McIntyre, Carroll College, IMO Harry Rybock; Tyana Rasmusan, University of Montana – MT Tech., IHO Dorothy Kolstad ; Johanna Schultz, Montana State University – Bozeman, IMO Holly Wittmayer Kittleson; Samuel Smith, University of Utah, IRO Paul & Joyce Ruffcorn Jacobson; Shelby Stormer, University of Montana-Missoula, IMO Erik Walstad; Melissa Unger, University of Montana-Missoula, IMO Marsha Cotton Hall.

Fourth time recipients:

Sienna Dailey, Minot State University, IMO Leonard H. & Kathryn L. Langen; Jeffrey Irving, Montana State University-Bozeman, IRO Stannebein Family; Ethan Kliewer, Missoula College, IRO Beatrice Trites Family; Tiffany Wetzel, Montana State University-Billings, IRO John & Catherine Etchart Family.

Fifth time recipient:

Alacia Cole Miller, University of Montana – Skaggs School of Pharmacy, IRO LeRoy & Besss Lockwood Family.

The following gifts to GHS were also awarded:

Interactive Tech. Camera for the Science Department, IRO Vern & Edna Richardson Family; 6 Ipods for the Foreign Language Department, IMO Leonard & Margery Bollinger; Inquiry Based Units for the Social Studies Department, IMO Robert “Bob” Farrell; 3D printer for the Industrial Technology Department, IRO Glenn & Carolee Grina Wallem; Guitar Rack for the Music Department, IMO Diana Hedegaard; Sound System for the Music Department, IMO Cecil & Chloe Toftness; Library Learning Hub and supplies, IMO Esther Loomer.

Thursday, August 6th 2015
Montana Uninsured Population Decreases
HELENA – Montana saw a net increase of more than 23,000 people gaining health insurance coverage as of May 2015 according to preliminary statistics from the office of Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica J. Lindeen.

The percentage of Montanans continuing to lack health insurance has fallen to around 15 percent, down from about 20 percent two years ago. In total numbers, approximately 195,000 Montanans lacked health insurance in 2013, before the final changes required by the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Today, an estimated 151,000 Montanans lack health insurance.

“I’m glad we’re continuing to see our uninsured population decline,” Lindeen said. “But, I would have liked to see the number of uninsured Montanans drop even more.”

Lindeen’s office conducted a survey of Montana’s health insurance companies at the end of the national enrollment period, which concluded in April. As she did last year, Lindeen’s office collected data on the number of insured Montanans from all Montana health insurance companies that offered plans through Healthcare.gov and new enrollees in both the Montana Medicaid and Healthy Montana Kids programs. The data gives a more detailed picture of how changes in health insurance are reducing the number of Montanans who lack health insurance.

The total net gain of insured Montanans is estimated at 23,246, although the study cautions that insurance is complicated and it is impossible to peg with certainty the precise number of insured Montanans at any point in time.

Tuesday, August 4th 2015
Glasgow Woman Killed In One Vehicle Accident In Glasgow
44-year old Glasgow resident Brenda Cook was killed in a single vehicle accident on 1st Avenue North in Glasgow. The accident occurred at approximately 10pm Sunday evening according to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier.

The investigation revealed that Cook was the single occupant in a vehicle that skidded and rolled on its top near the Fossum Ready Mix Plant Sunday evening. The vehicle and victim were found on Monday morning. Sheriff Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 News that Cook was killed instantly in the accident.

The accident is being investigated by the Montana Highway Patrol, Glasgow Police Department and the Valley County Sheriff's Office.

Saturday, August 1st 2015
Disney’s TARZAN Swings into Fort Peck
Based on the hit Disney cartoon, the high flying Tarzan comes to life on the Fort Peck Summer Theatre stage: a perfect adventure for the entire family. The high energy stage musical features all the beloved Oscar winning music from the film, written by multi-Grammy winner Phil Collins.

EJ Dohring and Kaylin Poirier star as Tarzan, opposite Taylor Caprara as Jane. 12-year-old Poirier, who plays Young Tarzan, hails from Saskatchewan, Canada and is a 4 year veteran of FPST’s Performing Arts Camp. She says “playing Tarzan is really exciting and fun, but it takes lots of work to show the physicality and all the emotion”.

Also featured as ‘human cast members’ are Matthew Whitfield as Clayton, Jay Michael Roberts as Snipes, Jamie Parnell as Porter and Chae Clearwood & Andy Meyers as Tarzan’s parents.

The jungle is inhabited by Hailey Stone as Turk, Chanel Bragg as Kala, John Knispel as Kerchak and Tayte Prewett as the Leopard with Brittany Brook, Aurora Chappell, Daniel Dunn, Sydney Hayward, Ethan Henry, Kerry Hoffman, Lauren Kolstad, Morgan Phelps, Noah Schleimer and Cordell Youkin.

Making her FPST directorial debut is Megan Wiltshire, who served as choreographer for last season’s Buddy Holly and has toured internationally as an actor/director with Missoula Children’s Theatre. She leads the artistic team that also includes Artistic Director Andy Meyers as choreographer, with musical director Alicia Bullock-Muth and Scenic Designer Sara Gunderson, who previously designed the magical world of Willy Wonka a few seasons ago. “Tarzan Goes Green”: The set is created almost entirely from re-used, re-imagined and re-purposed materials, collected thru generous donations from the local community. A portion of funds saved from set budget by using recycled materials will be donated to the World Wildlife Foundation’s Adopt a Gorilla program.

The entire summer company is very excited and has risen to the challenge of creating the world of Tarzan. According to Wiltshire, “Audiences will experience the thrill of being completely immersed into the story as it is brought to life with the feel of a theme park attraction, beginning the moment they step into the lobby.”

Performances are July 31 – August 16: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm.

For tickets and information, call the Fort Peck Summer Theatre Box Office at (406) 526-9943
Following Tarzan, the 2015 season concludes with STEEL MAGNOLIAS: August 21 – September 6

Thursday, July 30th 2015
Nashua's Bud Geer Inducted into Montana Cowboy Hall Of Fame
Today the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) announced the eighth class of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The inductees were chosen from a field of candidates nominated by the general public. Inductees are honored for their notable contributions to the history and culture of Montana.

“The board of trustees, our volunteer network from around the state, has reviewed this year’s nominations and completed the voting process,” said Bill Galt, White Sulphur Springs rancher and MCHF & WHC president. “This process gives local communities a strong voice in who will represent them in the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame exists to honor those—famous cowboy or not—who have made an impact in their community and serve as a symbol of Montana’s authentic heritage for future generations.”

The MCHF & WHC board of directors has designated 12 trustee districts across the state from which up to 20 trustees may be appointed. Nomination criteria established by the board for the Class of 2015 inductions allowed the election of up to one Living Inductee and two Legacy Inductees from each of the 12 districts. In the case of a tie, winning nominees are jointly inducted.

The 2015 inductees into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame are:

District 1 (Daniels, Phillips, Roosevelt, Sheridan, & Valley Counties): Living Award – Miles “Bud” Geer, Nashua. Legacy Award – Circle C Ranch, Zortman and Montie Montana, Wolf Point.

District 2 (Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Prairie, Richland, & Wibaux Counties): Living Award – Marvin K. Ley, Glendive. Legacy Award – C.A. “Bud” Kramer, Jordan and Chappel Brothers Corporation (CBC’s), Prairie Elk.

District 3 (Carter, Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Rosebud, & Treasure Counties): Living Award – Jack L. “Slug” Mills, Boyes (tie) and Doug Wall, Miles City (tie). Legacy Award – Charles G. Patten, Broadus and Manly Anderson Moore, Sr., Broadus.

District 4 (Blaine, Chouteau, Hill, & Liberty Counties): Living Award – Robert “Bud” Boyce, Big Sandy. Legacy Award – Larry Kane, Big Sandy and Harry Stuart Green, Big Sandy (tie) and Miller Brothers Land and Livestock, Chinook (tie).

District 5 (Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton, & Toole Counties): Living Award – Jay Joseph Contway, Great Falls. Legacy Award – Alfred Bertram “Bud” Guthrie, Jr., Choteau and Mary “Stagecoach Mary” Fields, Cascade (tie) and Doctor Ernest Bigalow Maynard, Choteau (tie).

District 6 (Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum, & Wheatland Counties): Living Award – Eldon H. Snyder, Lewistown. Legacy Award – Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous, Lewistown and Merle J. Boyce, Winifred.

District 7 (Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, & Yellowstone Counties): Living Award – Henry Albert “Hank” Scobee, Hardin. Legacy Award – Malcolm S. Mackay, Roscoe and Charlotte “Rusty” Linderman Spaulding, Belfry.

District 8 (Broadwater, Jefferson, & Lewis and Clark Counties): Living Award – Joseph W. “Joe” Enger, Helena. Legacy Award – Auchard Creek School, Augusta.
District 9 (Gallatin, Meagher, & Park Counties): Legacy Award – Robert “Bob” Shiplet, Clyde Park and Thomas R. “Tom” Hunter, Clyde Park (tie) and Robert Anderson “Bob” Haugland, Belgrade (tie).
District 10 (Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, & Sanders Counties): Living Award – Richard B. “Dick” & Patricia B. “Tricia” Vinson, Thompson Falls. Legacy Award – C.R. Williams, Kalispell.
District 11 (Mineral, Missoula, & Ravalli Counties): Living Award – Frank R. Mason, Jr., Corvallis. Legacy Award – Vernon Woolsey, Stevensville and Clarence Barron “C.B.” Rich, Seeley Lake.
District 12 (Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Silver Bow, Granite, Madison, & Powell Counties): Living Award (three-way tie) Edward Francis “Butch” O’Connell, Butte, “Gunner” Gun Again, Dillon, and John W. “Jack” Briggs, Dell. Legacy Award – Melvin R. Icenoggle, Ennis.

Since the initial round of inductions to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2008, including this year’s inductions, 240 inductees have been honored. Full biographies for past inductees are available on the MCHF & WHC’s website, http://www.montanacowboyfame.org.

In July, the MCHF & WHC commenced its first phase of construction in the central location of Big Timber, Mont., with modifications to the Hall of Fame headquarters and the creation of a world-class outdoor arena. The arena’s programming will allow the MCHF & WHC to highlight and celebrate the many traditions of our western heritage and cowboy way of life through quality western sporting events.

For more information about the MCHF & WHC, or for more details on the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees, please contact Christy Stensland by calling (406) 653-3800, emailing Christy@montanacowboyfame.org, or visiting http://www.montanacowboyfame.org.

Wednesday, July 29th 2015
Lori Dailey and Taylor Strommen are the preschool teachers at First Lutheran Preschool. The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 1.
After 25 years of teaching at First Lutheran Preschool, our teacher Liz Schmitt has resigned. Taylor Strommen has been hired and will be teaching the 3-year-olds on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 4 year-olds on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The morning classes are from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and the afternoon classes are from 12:30 to 3:00 pm.

Miss Taylor attended Hinsdale and Glasgow schools and graduated in 2009. She is currently completing her degree in Elementary Education. Taylor has a passion for singing: she traveled in Europe with the Northern Ambassadors’ program as a choir member and was a longtime performer at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre. Her decision to pursue an education degree and join the staff at FLP was greatly influenced by two of her favorite teachers. Taylor and Nathan Hopstad have two children: Hank is 6 years old and will be attending kindergarten this fall and Porter, a newborn, 3 months old.

Lori Dailey teaches the 5-day a week class which meets from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, Monday through Friday. Miss Lori has been a teacher at FLP since 2000. Lori and her husband Mike have 2 daughters, Sienna and Megan, who both attend college in North Dakota studying elementary education. Miss Lori is also the Glasgow High School Volleyball coach.

If you are interested in being a substitute teacher at First Lutheran Preschool, please stop by the church office for an application.

First Lutheran Preschool is excited to welcome Taylor Strommen to the staff and welcome back Lori Dailey. We do have a couple classes that are not yet full. Please call or pickup an application soon. FLP is located at 641 2nd Ave. N., Glasgow, Montana and the phone number is 228-4862.

Tuesday, July 28th 2015
Malmstrom Air Force Base Team Arrives In Glasgow To Check Out Ordnance At Pioneer Museum
A piece of ordnance on display at the Pioneer Museum in Glasgow became the subject of some frantic activity on Monday as a team from Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls arrived to examine the ordnance.

The ordnance which was about 30 inches tall had been on display for years at the Pioneer Museum but on Monday a visitor to the museum alerted officials that they were concerned that the shell hadn't yet been exploded.

A crew from Malmstrom Air Force Base arrived and examined the ordnance and initially felt the weapon was from World War 1 and possibly contained mustard gas. But after further review the ordnance was verified to be from World War 2 and was inert.

The shell was placed back on display but other ordnance's from the museum will be taken back to Malmstrom Air Force Base for further examination.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier said the museum was closed for most of the day on Monday as the examination took place.

Monday, July 27th 2015
South Dakota Regulators To Hear Keystone Xl Arguments Again

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State regulators are considering whether to approve for the second time in just over five years construction through South Dakota of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, but it's unlikely a decision will come immediately.

The Public Utilities Commission hearing process starts Monday. The state authorized TransCanada Corp.'s project in 2010, but permits must be revisited if construction doesn't start within four years.

Commission Chairman Chris Nelson says it's unlikely the panel will come to a decision immediately.

He says TransCanada will present its case first, and then opponents will offer their side. Supporters say the pipeline will create jobs and tax revenues, while opponents argue it could contaminate water supplies.

The pipeline would transport oil from Canada to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines headed to the Gulf Coast.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Saturday, July 25th 2015
Public Comment Sought On Proposed 2015-16 Ice Fishing Contests
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on ice fishing contests proposed for the 2015-16 winter season.

Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Most contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish.

Applications for contests may be approved, approved with conditions, or denied. Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts, or require additional access site maintenance when needed.

Information on the proposed fishing contests can be found on FWP's webpage at fwp.mt.gov; click "Fishing" then click "Fishing Contests". Look for "2015-16 Proposed Ice Fishing Tournaments" at the bottom of the page.
Comments must be received by Aug. 20. Email comments to fwpfsh@mt.gov; or mail to FWP Fisheries Division;
Attn: Fishing Contests; P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59620-0701.

Proposed 2015-16 Ice Fishing Contests

Northwestern Montana, Region 1
Dec. 12, 2015
Perch Assault - Smith Lake
Dec. 13
Ice Duels Montana - Smith Lake
Dec. 20
Perch Masters - Lower Stillwater Lake
Dec. 26
Sunriser Lions Smith Lake Family Fishing Derby - Smith Lake
Jan. 23-24, 2016
Bull Lake Ice Fishing Derby - Bull Lake
Jan. 30-31
Fisher River Valley Winter Fishing Derby - Thompson Lake, et al
Feb. 1-28
Perch Pounder, 13th Annual - All Region 1 Waterbodies
Feb. 6
Snappy’s Lake Mary Family Derby, 16th Annual – Lake Mary Ronan
Feb. 13
Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Murphy Lake
Feb. 13-14
McGregor Lake Annual Fishing Derby - McGregor Lake
Feb. 20
Perch Assault - Middle Thompson Lake
Feb. 21
Ice Duels Montana - Echo Lake
Feb. 27
Canyon Kids Christmas Fund Derby - Lion Lake
March 5
Perch Assault - Lake Mary Ronan
March 12-13
Bitterroot Bash, 5th Annual - Bitterroot Lake

South Central Montana, Region 3
Jan. 17
Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifier - Hebgen Lake
Jan. 30
Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Clark Canyon Reservoir

North Central Montana, Region 4
Jan. 2
Scheels Ice Fishing Derby - Wadsworth Pond
Jan. 23
Western Bar Ice Fishing Derby - Willow Creek Reservoir
Jan. 23-24
Broadwater Lions Club Perch Derby - Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Northeastern Montana, Region 6
Jan. 30
Murph's 10th Annual Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament - Nelson Reservoir
Jan. 30-31
Fresno Ice Derby, 5th Annual - Fresno Reservoir
Feb. 20
19th Annual Glasgow Chamber Ice Fishing Derby - Fort Peck/Marina Bay
Feb. 20
Hell Creek Ice Fishing Tournament - Fort Peck/Hell Creek Bay

Saturday, July 25th 2015
AIS Inspections Station Numbers for Region 6
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have released information on the number of watercraft inspected at Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) stations and the number of failed inspections. FWP reminds folks recreating on Montana waters to continue to be aware of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), and to continue to stop at AIS inspections stations.

As of July 10, Fort Peck roving inspection stations have checked 489 watercraft. Of those, five watercraft failed inspections. At the Culbertson inspection station, 76 boats have been inspected and 15 have failed inspections. Failed inspections were due to illegal bait or containing standing water.

AIS roving inspection stations will continue to move around to various locations around the region. Also, inspection stations will be randomly set up at water-access points. All watercraft, including boats, canoes, kayaks, and jet skis, ARE REQUIRED to stop at the inspection stations as directed by the designated signs. Tickets can be issued for watercraft that do not stop.

The focus of these efforts are to assist boaters with self inspection procedures and educate them about the importance of cleaning watercraft, checking live wells, and to ensure that any watercraft moving to another water body is completely clean and dry of AIS.

Saturday, July 25th 2015
Last Hunter Education Class Offered in the Glasgow Area for 2015
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Glasgow area, August 14-16. This will be the last hunter education class offered in the Glasgow area for this year’s hunting season. To be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2015 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16th, 2016.

The hunter education class will be held in the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow. Classes will run from 4:30-9:00 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. on Sunday.

For the Hunter Education classes, please go to the FWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov to register. 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 necessary material, 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. If workbooks are not complete, students will not be able to take the course. If you have any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.
Friday, July 24th 2015
State Wildlife Officials To Host Bison Impact Study Hearings
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State wildlife officials will host five public hearings in August on a draft environmental impact statement for bison conservation and management in Montana.

The draft report prepared by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks considers the possibility of restoring bison somewhere in the state where the animals could be managed as a native species.

The hearings for discussion and public comment will take place at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman on Aug. 4; the Holiday Inn Grand in Billings on Aug. 5; Great Falls College Montana State University in Great Falls on Aug. 18; Malta High School in Malta on Aug. 19; and at the Bureau of Land Management Office in Miles City on Aug. 26.

All meetings will take place from 6-9 p.m.

For more information, or to comment online, visit http://www.fwp.mt.gov.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Friday, July 24th 2015
Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Lesley Robinson of Dodson
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today honored Phillips County Commissioner Lesley Robinson of Dodson, Montana for her service to Montana and counties in several other western states.

Mrs. Robinson was recently elected as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Counties (NACo) during the Committee’s 80th Annual Conference. She will now serve as regional representative for the entire western region of the United States.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/content/contact-steve.

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015
Relay for Life Just Around the Corner
Relay for Life is more than just an event. It's an experience. It's powerful. It's uplifting. It's HOPE. The Relay began in May 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran around a track in Tacoma, WA. for 24 hours. He ultimately raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society and inspired others to join the movement. To date, Relay for Life has raised over $5 billion to fight cancer. Northeast Montana's Relay for Life will be held at the Valley County fairgrounds in Glasgow beginning August 14 at 7 p.m. and continuing until 9 a.m. on August 15. Team registration and survivor registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the survivor dinner scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. Survivors are encouraged to contact Doris Ozark with any questions at 406-230-0663.

Each year, Relay for Life invites cancer survivors to share their experiences with the community. This year, Carol Neufeld will be speaking at the survivor dinner, and Megan Shaefer will share her experience during the opening ceremonies. You can expect entertainment, activities, and music throughout the event. In addition to various food vendors, a midnight meal and a Saturday morning breakfast will be provided.

The always inspirational and moving luminaria ceremony will be held at 10:00 p.m. Friday. The luminaria ceremony is traditionally held after dark. Candles are lit inside personalized bags and placed around the walking area and are meant to honor, remember, and support those affected by cancer. It will literally and figuratively cast a light on cancer's menacing touch. I am confident that every reader knows at least one person who has been touched by cancer. Luminaria forms can be picked up at multiple locations around town, including the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. For questions, contact Jamie Seyfert at 406-230-0137 or mail your completed forms to 109 Kilty Drive, Glasgow, MT 59230. For team members tasked with staying awake throughout the night, the fan favorite Amazing Race begins at 2:00 a.m. To wind down from the marathon of fun, or to gather yourself for the day ahead, participants are invited to join Toni Marie Lagree from the Yoga Wellness Center Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. for an instructional yoga class. Closing ceremonies for the annual event are scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.

It's not too late to join the fight. If you want to register a team, contact Andi Buckley at 406-478-4117. If you've never attended a Relay for Life event, mark your calendar for August 14 and 15 and plan to attend.

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015
Valley County Community Foundation Scholarship Winners
Two students, one studying art education and the other studying diesel mechanics and business, are recipients of the 2015 Clarence and Charlotte Fuhrman Scholarships, announced Ken Oster, chairman of the Valley County Community Foundation, which administers the scholarship.

The two exemplify attributes the Fuhrmans set when they established the scholarship, he said, adding that each will receive $1,750.

Recipient Melissa Unger begins her senior year at the University of Montana at Missoula this fall, graduating next spring with an art degree and licensure to teach kindergarten through 12th grade. She is a 2012 Glasgow High School graduate. Arlie Armbrister returns to Montana State University Northern in Havre this fall for his third year. The Hinsdale High School graduate plans a future in agriculture implement repair and business management.

The Fuhrmans, who farmed near Opheim, provided the scholarship to benefit graduates of all Valley County high schools. Scholarships are given annually and applications for 2016 will be available next spring. Notice of the due date is given through the VCCF website, http://www.valleycountycf.net, local media and high school guidance counselors. Among the requirements for the scholarship are completion of at least one year of study beyond the high school level and a 2.8 scholastic average.

Tuesday, July 21st 2015
Track Reopened After Derailment
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Travel restrictions have been lifted for a northeastern Montana highway where an oil train derailed last week and leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil.

The state Department of Transportation said Monday that U.S. Highway 2, the region's main artery, had returned to full operation after the wreckage site was cleared about five miles east of Culbertson.

The highway closed following Thursday's derailment and re-opened Friday with speed and lane restrictions.

Twenty-two cars of a BNSF train hauling fuel from North Dakota to the Cherry Point refinery in Washington state, derailed.

Nearby residents were temporarily evacuated, but no one was hurt and no fire or explosion occurred.

Oil leaked from four of the cars.

Federal Railroad Administration spokesman Matthew Lehner says the accident remains under investigation with agency officials still on the scene Monday.

Friday, July 17th 2015
Oil Train Derails Near Culbertson With At Least Two Cars Leaking Oil
CULBERTSON, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say an oil train derailed in rural northeastern Montana, prompting the evacuation of some homes and leaving at least two of the cars leaking oil.

Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick says there are no reports of injury or fire, but of the 21 cars that derailed only two remained upright.

BNSF spokesman Michael Trevino says the train was pulling 106 loaded crude oil cars when it derailed near Culbertson near the North Dakota border just after 6 p.m. Thursday.

Police and fire crews are at the site of the derailment, which has forced the closure of federal Highway 2, the region's main artery.

Frederick tells The Associated Press that crews are not going too close to the leaking cars until a BNSF hazardous materials team, enroute from Texas, reaches the scene. But he said that there was no immediate threat to public safety.

The sheriff didn't know how many homes were evacuated but described area as a rural setting with ranch homes spread apart.
Wednesday, July 15th 2015
New Irle Elementary School Ribbon Cutting Set For August 20th
The brand new Irle Elementary School which will serve K-5 students in the Glasgow School District will have its official ribbon cutting ceremony on August 20th.

The new school which took 2 years to construct is basically done but just minor finishing touches are being done now.

The new school will house K-5 students making it the largest school in the Glasgow School District.

The old Irle School is currently being demolished to make way for a parking lot, playground and grassy area for the new school.

Tuesday, July 14th 2015
Governor Bullock Announces Economic Development Funds for Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes
Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary today announced the recent award of $65,000 to support economic development efforts by the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes. The funds will support a Business Development Manager position, which will manage several projects critical to economic success on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

“This grant will support efforts by the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes to continue to build and strengthen their regional economy,” said Bullock. “We are pleased to be able to support tribal entrepreneurial ventures, create and retain jobs, and further develop infrastructure on reservations.”

Available through the Indian Country Economic Development (ICED) program, Director O’Leary said the funds will help the tribes bring new and existing projects to fruition.

“The ICED program allows tribes to focus on economic development projects that will bring the greatest benefit to their regions,” she said. “This position will continue to work on local projects that the tribes have determined are the highest priority for their area. The Department of Commerce is pleased to help with this effort.”

Projects the Business Development Manager will focus on include development of the old airport area with housing and commercial development, work on the Wellness Center, rail spur planning, analysis and development of tribal water usage, specialty crop feasibility, and progress toward a hotel and travel plaza.

“The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes hereby express our sincere thanks to Montana Governor Steve Bullock and his staff…for their award to the Fort Peck Tribes,” said A.T. Stafne, Tribal Chairman. “Economic development projects developed and grown on this site will have a major impact on the future of our Tribes, the community of Poplar and the entire economy of Northeast Montana.”

The state-funded ICED program is designed to promote economic growth on Montana’s Indian reservations. For more information on the ICED program, contact Program Manager Heather Sobrepena-George at (406) 841-2775 or visit www.iced.mt.gov.

Tuesday, July 14th 2015
Fire South Of Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge Has Been Contained
Wildland Firefighters achieved 100 percent containment of the The Alex Camp Road Fire by the end of the day July 10, 2015.

The 5,700-acre fire, first reported July 2, burned in an area five miles northwest of Crooked Creek Camp Ground in Petroleum County, Mont., south of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service Montana Department of Natural Resources, and contracted crews, including Arden Solutions Inc., cooperated to send 156 personnel to battle the lightning-caused fire, according to BLM Incident Commander Dennis Crawford.

To report wildfires, call 911 or the Lewistown Interagency Dispatch Center at (406) 538-1072. For more information on this wildfire, go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4370/. For information on fire restrictions, visit the fire restrictions website at www.firerestrictions.us.
Tuesday, July 14th 2015
Bow-Fishermen Urged to Properly Dispose of Fish & Related Waste
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is asking bow-fisherman to properly dispose of unwanted fish and related wastes. It’s summertime, and lots of people are out recreating on area waters, including bow-fisherman who are pursuing paddlefish and non-game fish with bows and arrows.

Warm summer evenings, calm weather and the July 1st opener of the Dredge Cut archery paddlefish season brings in hundreds of bow fisherman that participate in this unique fishery. Bow-fishing is the only means by which paddlefish can be harvested (i.e. no snagging is allowed), and a valid “blue” paddlefish tag is required. The bow-and-arrow harvest season for paddlefish in the Fort Peck Dredge Cuts runs from July 1 to Aug. 31.

Archers also shoot carp and other non-game fish while pursuing paddlefish. FWP is encouraging bow fisherman to either take these fish home (they make great garden fertilizer) or dispose of fish in areas that will not create problems for other recreationists. Disposal for fish should include being in deep water, well away from boat ramps, docks and swimming areas, and popping the balloon-like air bladder and letting the discarded fish sink to the bottom.

“The most unfortunate scenario is when fish are disposed of and left to rot near boat ramps,” said Steve Dalbey, Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6 Fisheries Program Manager. “Fish that are shot and still floating will eventually wash up on shore and potentially create a smelly mess that someone else has to deal with. Please try and dispose of your fish in an ethical manner.”

Dalbey said this is the busiest time of the year on our area waters, and there are all types of recreationists out enjoying the summer and the sun. In respect to all of these other users, bow-fishermen are asked to take the time to properly dispose of their harvested fish and related waste.

Tuesday, July 14th 2015
Parents: New vaccines added to school attendance requirement for 2015
The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) reminds parents that it is not too early to start thinking about back-to-school immunizations.

Parents need to be aware that the immunization requirements in Montana have been changed.

During the 2015 Legislative session, Governor Bullock signed into law House Bill 158 that added two more vaccines a student needs for school attendance. The law is effective October 1, 2015.

For the coming school year, students will need to be vaccinated against varicella disease, more commonly known as chickenpox. All students in kindergarten through 12th grade will need to have two doses of varicella vaccine. Students attending a preschool or prekindergarten will need one dose of varicella. If a student has already had a case of chickenpox, documentation from a physician can be accepted in lieu of the vaccine. Additionally, students who already had two doses of the vaccine do not need to repeat it.

According to DPHHS officials, many students may already be current on their immunizations. “National surveys show that many students are already in compliance with the new law,” said Jim Murphy, chief of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Bureau. “Parents may just need to check their child’s immunization status and provide an update to the school.”

Students in 7th -12th grades will also be required to have one dose of pertussis (whooping cough) containing vaccine. In previous years, only a Td, or tetanus/diphtheria, shot was required. The new law adds the pertussis component.

As long as a student has received at least one vaccine in the required series, that student may qualify for a conditional attendance as allowed by current regulations. A conditional attendance provision allows the student to stay in school while they finish the required shots.

The changes to the law were made to bring Montana’s immunization requirements more in line with the most current immunization recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP). Of note, Montana was the only state that did not require the varicella series and one of five not requiring a pertussis booster at middle school for attendance.

Additionally, the new requirements are intended to reduce the incidence of diseases like chickenpox and whooping cough both in school settings and in the community. Montana’s rates for both of these diseases are typically higher than any other state in the region.

DPHHS encourages parents to talk to their family physician or local health department should they have questions about whether or not their child has the necessary shots for school.

Thursday, July 9th 2015
Fire Restrictions Take Effect on FWP properties in Blaine, Hill Counties
In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and wildlife management areas (WMAs) are under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Blaine and Hill counties.

Officials in Blaine and Hill counties enacted the Stage I Restrictions, which ban campfires except where specifically exempted. Stage 1 Restrictions also prohibit smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, and in areas at least three feet in diameter that are cleared of all flammable materials.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for FWP sites in Blaine County will be in effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, July 9. Campfires will be prohibited at the Faber Reservoir FAS.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Hill County will be in effect as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 10. Campfires will be prohibited at Fresno Tailwater and Bailey Reservoir FASs, and also at the Rookery, Lost River, Fresno Tailwater, and Fresno Reservoir WMAs. Campfires will still be allowed, within steel campfire rings, at Bearpaw Lake FAS.

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

Thursday, July 9th 2015
FSA Looking For Committee Candidates
The Valley County Farm Service Agency is looking for farmers or ranchers interested in serving on the local FSA County Committee. From June 15 through August 3, you can nominate a candidate for your local committee. Almost anyone participating or cooperating in an FSA program - and of legal voting age - can be nominated.

FSA county committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Through the county committee system, farmers and ranchers have a voice and their opinions and ideas are heard. So make a difference by nominating a fellow farmer or rancher.

Download the nomination form from the FSA website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections or pick one up at the Valley County FSA office in Glasgow. Remember, forms must be postmarked or delivered back to the county office by the August 3 deadline. Voting will take place this fall.

Tuesday, July 7th 2015
Filing Period Closes For Municipal Elections
The filing period closed for municipal elections in Valley County on July 2nd. Elections are set for November 3rd. Here are the filings for municipalities in Valley County.

Glasgow:

Ward 1- Nancy Schoenfelder

Ward 2- Doug Nistler and Butch Heitman

Ward 3- Rod Karst

Opheim:

Ward 1- Michael Roberton

Ward 2- Les Redfield

Nashua: 2 positions available

Robert Zeluff
Michael Stingley
Judy Boyum

Fort Peck:

Mayor- John Jones

3 positions available on Town Council

Justin Schaaf
Kirsten Marie Holte
Mark Sullivan

Tuesday, July 7th 2015
City Of Glasgow Moves Forward With Purchase Of New Ladder Fire Truck
The Glasgow City Council moved forward with the purchase of a ladder fire truck for the Glasgow Fire Department.

The City Council gave Fire Chief Brandon Brunelle the go ahead to start looking for a used ladder truck for the GFD. The expected cost of the truck is $500,000. The Fire Department currently has saved $145,000 for the purchase of a truck.

The City of Glasgow will look into the formation of a Special Assessment District to pay for the purchase of the truck. This Special Assessment District will levy an assessment on every property in the city.

There are concerns that if the Glasgow Fire Department doesn't get a ladder truck in its inventory that insurance premiums could increase for Glasgow residents because of a lack of fire coverage.

Monday, July 6th 2015
American Classic Comes to Life at Fort Peck Summer Theatre

Texas Has a Whorehouse in It! Fort Peck Summer Theatre is pleased to continue the 46th season with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the lively musical, is based on the true story of the legendary brothel known as The Chicken Ranch in Gilbert, TX, which operated from 1840 to 1973, until a crusading, Houston radio commentator Melvin P. Thorpe (played by Morgan Phelps) forced it to shut its doors.

Audience favorite Shannon McMillan, whose Fort Peck credits include Roxie in Chicago, Penny in Hairspray and Rusty in Footloose, stars as Miss Mona, a role immortalized on screen by Dolly Parton. In her time away from Fort Peck, McMillan’s diverse resume includes headlining as a vocalist on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Matthew Whitfield tackles the Burt Reynolds role, Sheriff Ed Earl.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a directed and choreographed by Fort Peck Artistic Director Andy Meyers, with musical direction by Luree Green-Chappell. Quinn Vaira serves as Assistant Director.

The large cast also features Becky Johnson, Chanel Bragg, Brittany Brook, Lily Helland, Taylor Caprara, Chae Clearwood, Megan Wiltshire, Ellen Walstad, Rachel Lynn Pewitt, Hailey Stone, Dan Hance and Jon Svingen, as well as a live band.

The Aggie’s Football Team, which is challenged with the musical’s famous 7 minute dance break (and includes many local actors making their FPST debuts) is: Jacoby Collins, Nick Dirkes, Joe Doney, Daniel Dunn, Chaz Gordon, Ethan Henry, John Knispel, Jamie Parnell, Noah Schleimer and Harlan Taylor.

Performances are July 10 – July 26: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm. For tickets and information, call the Fort Peck Summer Theatre Box Office at (406) 526-9943

Following The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the 2015 season continues with:
DISNEY’S TARZAN: July 31 – August 16
STEEL MAGNOLIAS: August 21 – September 6

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