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Monday, September 26th 2016
Valley County Health Department is partnering with Care Van to offer mobile flu shot clinics throughout area
GLASGOW, MT — The Valley County Health Department is kicking off the 2016 flu shot season by partnering with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana Care Van program on mobile flu shot clinics in the Glasgow area.

The clinics will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Fort Peck Town (9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.), Nashua Senior Center (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Glasgow at Hwy 2 near Albertson’s (1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.) and the Hinsdale Legion Hall (3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Insurance is not required for the event, but the Health Department asks that if you have insurance to please bring your card, as well as wear a short-sleeved shirt.

Valley County Health Department and the Care Van program are working together in an effort to provide a convenient option for people to receive their annual flu shot. Valley County Health Department officials are urging individuals to receive their flu shot right away as the best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.

Valley County Health Department reports, last year in Valley County there were 23 reported cases of influenza. In Montana the season total include 4,734 cases, 433 hospitalizations, and 33 deaths attributed to influenza.

The Care Van is a mobile immunization unit that travels throughout Montana, partnering with local health departments and other providers to improve access to immunizations in rural and underserved areas. Care Van teams up with community health officials to administer vaccines at no cost, or low cost, to patients.

“The program is looking forward to working with Valley County for a second consecutive year to help improve access to care in the Glasgow area,” Care Van administrator Bryan Haines said. “Care Van is part of our commitment to invest in the health and wellness of all Montana communities.”

Please contact the Valley County Health Department at (406) 228-6261 for more information on the upcoming clinics or for more information on receiving immunizations at the health department.

Thursday, September 22nd 2016
Montana Missouri River Country
Tourism matters to Northeast Montana

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

The economic impact of tourism to the state continues to grow. Tourism is one of Montana’s leading industries with more than 11 million non-resident visitors in 2015 and supporting over 63,000 jobs. These non-resident visitors spent $3.66 billion and generated $201 million in state and local taxes, which lowered taxes on each Montana household by over $492.

Missouri River Country assists in bringing visitors to Northeast Montana by marketing our area as a destination for the outdoor adventurist, geotourist, history buffs, Native American Culturists, Dinosaur Trail followers, hunters, fishermen, and women and the overall recreationists. One of our marketing methods is to attend trade shows. We distribute information at these shows and assist attendees to plan a vacation or hunting or fishing trip to our northeast corner of the state. We are currently in the process of seeking out shows in our target market areas to bring more visitation to Northeast Montana.

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

As your Northeast Tourism Region we offer several ways to help you promote your business. We have a Cooperative Marketing Grant to non-profit, tourism related organizations and work with you through the process with funding and support. The application and guidelines can be found on our website.

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

Wednesday, September 21st 2016
Glasgow School Trustee, Mona Amundson, To Receive Award From Montana School Boards Association.
The Marvin Heintz Award is bestowed on those individuals who have reached the highest level of trustee certification through the School Board Academy Program for the training you have taken.

The Montana School Boards Association knows the dedication and commitment to public education involved to reach this level and are honored to give Mona Amundson of Glasgow this award.

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 8:00 a.m., immediately prior to the opening general session of the MCEL Conference.

Tuesday, September 20th 2016
Glasgow School Enrollment Sees Increase Of 25 Students
The Glasgow School District enrollment has increased 25 students compared to this time last year according to an enrollment comparison released by the district.

At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, Glasgow had an enrollment of 813 students. At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year the enrollment stood at 838.

There is an even bigger increase when compared to the enrollment at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Glasgow had an enrollment of just 792 in May of this year. This compares to the 838 students enrolled in August of this school year.

The largest increase is in the Kindergarten class which had a class of 46 at the end of the last school year but this years Kindergarten class is 68 students.

Tuesday, September 20th 2016
Gubernatorial Debate Now Online
Kltz and Farm Equipment Sales provided live coverage of the gubernatorial debate between Governor Steve Bullock and his challenger Greg Gianforte last night in Billings. If you missed the debate you can listen to an archived version of the debate here:

http://mtpr.org/post/gubernatorial-candidates-bullock-gianforte-debate-billings-tonight#stream/0

Monday, September 19th 2016
North Dakota oil production outlook poor for rest of 2016
North Dakota’s oil production was flat in July, a bit better than expected, but the outlook is still poor for the rest of 2016.

The nation’s second largest oil-producing state pumped out 1.03 million barrels per day during July, up 0.2 percent over June. “We were expecting there might be some decline,” Lynn Helms, head of North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources, told reporters in a web conference on Friday.

Enough new wells came online — North Dakota in July hit an all-time high for the number of producing wells — to keep production above 1 million barrels per day. “I think psychologically that’s a significant number,” Helms said.

But with oil prices in the doldrums — a condition expected to last through the year — Helms expects monthly production to dip below the 1 million barrel mark within the next couple of months.

Oil prices began plummeting in 2014, and the world has been awash in a supply glut since. The price of West Texas Intermediate Crude, the U.S. benchmark, closed at $43.03 a barrel on Friday, hitting a one-month low. Sustained prices must be in the $50 to $60 range to spark more activity in the Bakken range.

U.S. and world oil inventories are at levels that should keep oil in its current price range through the rest of the year, Helms said.

Not surprisingly, oil companies continue to contain investments in drilling rigs to scout new wells. North Dakota’s rig count today is 33, up from June’s mark of 28, but far below the all-time high of 218 in May 2012.

Oil companies “are making just the minimum amount of capital expenditures they need to make,” Helms said.

He said that the cost of completing a new well in North Dakota has fallen over the past few years from between $10 million and $11 million to the $6.5 million to $7.5 million range. That’s due to discounts from oil field service companies and lower costs for inputs like sand, a key ingredient in the fracking process, he said.

However, well costs in southern U.S. oil fracking regions are $5.5 million to $6.5 million. So, oil companies investment dollars are more likely to go there than to North Dakota.

“North Dakota operators are making deals in other [oil] basins,” Helms said. “We are seeing capital reallocated to the Permian [basin in Texas and southeastern New Mexico] and Oklahoma.”

Monday, September 19th 2016
Gubernatorial Debate Set To Be Broadcast Tonight On Kltz
Kltz will air the Montana Gubernatorial Debate tonight between Governor Steve Bullock and his challenger Greg Gianforte.

The debate will be held in Billings and is sponsored locally by Farm Equipment Sales.

The debate begins at 7pm.

Monday, September 19th 2016
Two Rivers Economic Growth’s Annual Membership & Planning Luncheon Is Tuesday
Two Rivers Economic Growth’s Annual Membership & Planning Luncheon will be Tuesday, September 20th from 12noon-1p.m. at the Cottonwood Inn.
Lunch will be a French Dip buffet for $10 per person.

Two Rivers invites the community & all Members to join in planning the 2017 Projects. They want to hear from YOU & what you would like to see/change/bring to Valley County.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Monday, September 19th 2016
Busted Knuckle Brewery To Receive Family Business Day Award From Montana State University
BOZEMAN — Six businesses based in Montana will receive Family Business Day awards at the 2016 Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance Family Business Day, set for Friday, Oct. 7, at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn in Bozeman.

The 2016 Family Business Day award winners are: Elliotts of Montana of Bozeman in the very small business category (fewer than 10 employees); MARS Stout of Missoula in the small business category (10-30 employees); Wild West Shirt Company of Bozeman in the medium business category (30-50 employees); General Distributing of Great Falls in the large business category (more than 50 employees); Cooper Hereford Ranch of Willow Creek in the old business category (operating at least 50 years); and Busted Knuckle Brewery of Glasgow in the new business category (operating 10 or fewer years).

Information about each winning family business will be shared during the awards reception.

Dan Rust, a State Farm Insurance agent based in Bozeman, will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon held prior to the award’s ceremony. Rust’s presentation, “Being a good neighbor is all about family,” will focus on the family history of the founders of State Farm Insurance. It will also include information about how he has personally observed family businesses succeed. Rust worked for a paper company before beginning his State Farm Agency in Bozeman in 1982. He graduated from Eastern Montana College in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in business and a minor in economics.

The public is invited to attend the keynote luncheon and awards ceremony, with check-in beginning at 11 a.m. A $20 registration is required. RSVPs are requested by Friday, Sept. 30. For more information or to register, contact Anna Reardon at 994-6195 or familybusiness@montana.edu.

The Montana Family Business program is in its 23nd year. The MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and State Farm Insurance, in honor of Robert Jaedicke, host the program. Additional support for the program has been provided by the Montana Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, September 16th 2016
Homecoming Parade
Homecoming Coronation at 1:00 PM GHS Auditorium
Parade lineup at 2:10 p.m. at the Civic Center/Fire Dept.
Parade starts at 2:30 p.m.

Download Parade Route Map

Wednesday, September 14th 2016
Hi-Line Technology Round-Up Coming To Malta
Can you think of an aspect of your life that is not impacted by technology? Whether at home, work, on the ranch or in school, we use technology daily. Rural life in Montana is no different, and the HiLine Technology Round Up, in Malta on September 22nd, wants to show you just that.

This one day, free event, includes panel discussions, concurrent sessions and trade show displays, all focused on technology and geared to inspire our rural future. The panel discussions focus on Technologies Impacting Agriculture, Business and Education, Youth in Technology and Living Remote in the New Rural Economy, with speakers from MT High Tech Business Alliance, Ranchlogs, AHEC, Girlzilla and others. Concurrent sessions showcase presentations from the Montana Cooperative Development Center, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Montana Manufacturing Extension, Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Big Sky Code Academy, HarlemUnitedF1 and Montana Telehealth. Trade show booths include the Google Advantage Lab, National Weather Service, and Setting Up Popular Apps.

The HiLine Technology Round Up will be held at the Malta Business Center from 12pm-6pm on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Admission is free, but RSVP is encouraged through our website below.

There are still sponsorship and trade show booths available. Please contact us at malta@itstriangle.com, 406-654-1776 or http://www.HiLineTechnology.com for more information or to advertise with us. Find us on Facebook at HiLine Technology Round Up.

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The HiLine Technology Round Up is sponsored by the Malta Technology Committee and funded through a grant by Triangle Communications. This committee is made up of business owners, non-profit leaders, government, education, agriculture, Chamber of Commerce and PhillCo Economic Development representatives with the mission to promote technology and new economies in the Malta and Phillips County area, that inspire our rural future.
Tuesday, September 13th 2016
Suspect In Pick-up Theft Tied To Other Area Burglaries
The Glasgow Police Department has linked a suspect in an auto theft with other area burglaries.

Adam Jacob Kelley, a 42 year old Glasgow man, originally from Yellowstone County was arrested for allegedly stealing a pick-up from a local ranch on Saturday night. It was driven to Jordan and another vehicle stolen there.

He was later arrested in Musselshell County.

The Glasgow Police Department has identified two other burglary victims who had tools stolen from their residences in north Glasgow.

The investigation is continuing and we'll have more details as they become available.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016
Glasgow Chamber Of Commerce To Honor Agriculture, Volunteers
Join the Chamber on October 1 for the Inaugural Appreciation Banquet and Night of Honors

GLASGOW, September 12, 2016 - Set amidst an agricultural powerhouse, Glasgow is a community made even better by the sheer willingness of its citizens to stand up and volunteer. In an effort to honor both, the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture (Chamber) will be hosting its inaugural Ag Appreciation Dinner and Night of Honors on October 1, 2016.

You are invited to join us for dinner at the Valley Event Center. Doors will open at 5:30 for a no-host waterhole and, at 6:30, dinner will be served. The night’s entertainment will include a program with emcee Haylie Shipp focusing on celebrating our agriculture industry and the countless volunteers that make so many of our area events possible. After dinner, attendees are welcome to dance the night away to Miles City’s “Yellowstone Drifters.”

This event replaces the Chamber’s Annual Banquet and is open to everyone. Businesses are encouraged to buy tables for the event, hosting their agricultural clients. Nonprofits are also encouraged to reserve tables and share the stage in honoring their volunteers. Individual tickets are for sale but, before purchasing their own, area farmers and ranchers are urged to contact the Chamber.

Tickets may be available to them, free of charge, courtesy of area businesses.

We hope you join us for a night of fun and fellowship as we honor area farmers, ranchers, and volunteers! Please contact the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce at 228-2222 for more details.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016
Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums Homecoming Weekend Schedule
Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums will play at all the following locations:

Friday, September 16:
2:30 p.m. Homecoming Parade, downtown Glasgow
6 p.m. Scottie Booster Club Tailgate Party @ GHS
7 p.m. Glasgow Homecoming Football Game & Half-Time Show @ GHS

Saturday, September 17:
7-11 a.m. Kiwanis Breakfast (band plays @ 9 a.m.)
10 a.m. Band playing @ Valley View Nursing Home
10:30 a.m. Band playing @ Nemont Manor
11 a.m. Band plays at Prairie Ridge & lunch
3 p.m. Varsity Volleyball Game @ GHS

Saturday's Pub Crawl:
4:30-5:15 p.m. Busted Knuckle Brewery
5:30-6:15 p.m. Sunnyside
6:30-7:15 p.m. Elks Club
7:20-8:05 p.m. Stockman Bar
8:10-8:55 p.m. Alley's Place
9:00-9:45 p.m. Montana
10-10:45 p.m. Durum Restaurant
11:00 p.m.-End Cottonwood Inn


Tuesday, September 13th 2016
Early Chill Hits Northeast Montana
Glasgow's low of 27 this morning is the coldest this early in the fall since 1989 when it fell to 26 degrees on September 11th.
Tuesday, September 13th 2016
Financial Planning Workshop in Wolf Point On Wednesday
The Northeast Montana Small Business Development Center & Great Northern Development Corporation will have a Financial Planning Workshop at Great Northern Development, 233 Cascade Street in Wolf Point Wed. Sept. 14th from 2 – 4p.m.

All businesses & entrepreneurs should take this opportunity to attend this FREE event.

SBA Economic Development Specialist, John Donavan, is an expert in developing financial projections. He will focus on showing entrepreneurs & existing businesses how to develop financial projections & plan a budget for their businesses.

Come with your questions, project cost & estimated expenses. Learn how to put your own numbers into your business spreadsheets.

There is NO cost for this workshop & all businesses in the area are invited to attend. This workshop will not be available in Northeast Montana again this year, so please take this opportunity!

Register at sbdc@gndc.org.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016
Missouri Basin Runoff Below Average In August; Corps To Hold Public Meetings In Early October
OMAHA, Neb. – August runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, was 1.0 million acre feet (MAF), 76 percent of average, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). This marks the third consecutive month with below average runoff in the upper basin. The 2016 calendar year runoff forecast is 22.4 MAF, which is 89 percent of the historic average.

The total volume of water stored in the Mainstem Reservoir System on September 1 was 58.1 MAF, occupying 2.0 MAF of the 16.3 MAF combined flood control storage zones. “Water that was captured in the reservoirs during the spring and summer is being released during the drier months to serve navigation, irrigation and other authorized purposes,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

System storage peaked on June 22 at 60.1 MAF, occupying 25 percent of the available flood storage. The Corps is providing a full 8-month navigation season with full service flow support based on the July 1 storage check. Full service flow support is generally sufficient to provide a navigation channel that is 9 feet deep and 300 feet wide. Flow support for navigation service at the mouth of the Missouri River will end on December 1.

Based on the September 1 system storage, Gavins Point Dam winter release will be at least 17,000 cfs. This release rate is generally sufficient to meet the needs of downstream water intakes during the winter, but may be increased slightly during periods of ice formation on the lower river. Winter releases are normally near 17,000 cfs.

“Full service navigation support and normal winter releases should be sufficient to evacuate all water stored in the flood zones of the reservoirs prior to the start of next year’s runoff season,” said Farhat. ”However, releases will be adjusted as needed in response to changing basin conditions throughout the fall and winter.”

Draft Annual Operating Plan and Fall Public Meetings

In mid-September, the Corps will post the 2016-2017 Draft Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System on its website at http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/aop.html. Fall public meetings will be held in five cities throughout the basin during the first week of October to discuss the draft report and take comments on the proposed AOP. The comment period on the draft AOP will close on November 11. The public meetings will include a presentation from the Corps regarding 2016 operations and plans for regulating the reservoir system in 2017, followed by a question and answer session.

The public meetings will be conducted at the times and locations listed below.

Wednesday, Oct. 5 – Smithville, MO
Start time: 11 a.m. (CDT)
Jerry Litton Visitor Center
16311 DD Hwy

Wednesday, Oct. 5 – Council Bluffs, IA
Start time: 5 p.m. (CDT)
Western Historic Trails Center
3434 Richard Downing Ave.

Thursday, Oct. 6 – Pierre, SD
Start time: 11 a.m. (CDT)
Cultural Heritage Center
900 Governors Drive

Thursday, Oct. 6 – Bismarck, ND
Start time: 6 p.m. (CDT)
Bismarck State College, National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE), Bldg. 15, Rm 335
1200 Schafer Street

Friday, Oct. 7 – Fort Peck, MT
Start time: 10 a.m. (MDT)
Fort Peck Interpretative Center
Lower Yellowstone Rd.

Reservoir Forecasts

Gavins Point releases averaged 25,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) during August. Releases were reduced to 23,000 cfs in early September, and will be adjusted throughout the fall to meet navigation targets in reaches with commercial traffic. The Gavins Point reservoir ended August at elevation 1206.6 feet and will rise to near elevation 1207.5 feet during September.

Fort Randall Dam releases averaged 24,200 cfs in August. Releases were reduced slightly in early September in response to the reduction in Gavins Point releases, and will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired reservoir elevation at Gavins Point Dam, but no significant changes in releases are expected at this time. The reservoir ended August at elevation 1355.1 feet, falling 0.1 feet during the month. The reservoir is expected to end September near elevation 1353.5 feet. The reservoir is normally drawn down to 1337.5 feet in the fall to provide space for winter hydropower generation at Oahe and Big Bend. The annual drawdown will continue in October and November.

Big Bend Dam releases averaged 22,700 cfs in August. Releases are expected to average 20,600 cfs this month. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420.0 feet during September.

Oahe Dam releases averaged 24,500 cfs during August. Releases are expected to average 20,800 cfs in September. The reservoir ended August at elevation 1610.5 feet, falling 1.1 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to fall approximately 1 foot during September.

Garrison Dam releases averaged 20,100 cfs during the month. Releases will be reduced from the current release rate of 20,000 cfs to the fall rate of 13,000 cfs starting around September 15. With this release reduction the river stage at Bismarck will drop approximately 1.5 to 2.0 feet. Garrison reservoir ended August at elevation 1839.3 feet, falling 2.0 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to fall approximately 1 foot during September.

Fort Peck Dam releases averaged 8,000 cfs during August. Releases will be reduced from 8,000 cfs to 4,500 cfs starting around September 15. The reservoir ended August at elevation 2233.9 feet, down 1.2 feet during the month. The reservoir level is forecast to fall an additional 0.5 feet during September ending the month near elevation 2233.4 feet.

The forecast reservoir releases and elevations discussed above are not definitive. Additional precipitation, lack of precipitation or other circumstances could cause adjustments to the reservoir release rates.

The six mainstem power plants generated 820 million kWh of electricity in August. Typical energy generation for August is 997 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 7.8 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the normal of 10 billion kWh.

To view the detailed three-week release forecast for the mainstem dams, go to http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/twregfcast.pdf

Monday, September 12th 2016
GHS Homecoming Schedule
2016 Homecoming THEME is "Shear the Sheep"

GHS Dress up days:
Monday - Animal Day
Tuesday - Tacky Tourism Day
Wednesday - Movie Day
Thursday - Kid Day
Friday - Red/White Day

Wednesday:
Car Parade/Bonfire
Lineup at El Cor Del @ 6:45 pm
Parade into town @ 7:00 pm
Bonfire to follow @ GHS
Homecoming Dance @ Scottie Field after Bonfire till 10:00 PM

Thursday:
Volleyball game vs. Malta C/JV/V starting at 4:00 p.m.

Friday:
Homecoming Coronation at 1:00 PM GHS Auditorium
Parade lineup at 2:10 p.m. at the Civic Center/Fire Dept.
Parade starts at 2:30 p.m.
Football game vs. Big Timber 7:00 p.m.

Saturday:
Volleyball game vs. Poplar C/JV/V starting at 1:00 p.m.


Monday, September 12th 2016
Pick-up And Other Items Stolen From Ranch: Suspect Name Released
According to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier, on Saturday night a local ranch was burglarized and a pick-up stolen. It was driven to Jordan and another vehicle stolen there.

The individual eventually was arrested in Musselshell County, and is currently incarcerated there.

According to Sheriff Meier, most of items taken have been recovered. The pick-up was brought back to Glasgow on Sunday.

Adam Jacob Kelley, a 42 year old Glasgow man is originally from Yellowstone County. Charges are pending; he has an extensive background of theft, drug & DUI offenses.

Monday, September 12th 2016
Panel Questions $57 Million Project Meant To Help Endangered Fish
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government-commissioned study says there's "substantial risk" that a $57 million dam and fish bypass proposed on the Yellowstone River won't meet its goal of helping an ancient, endangered fish species.

An independent panel of scientists and engineers conducted the study for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

They say the agency provided no evidence the proposed bypass near the Montana-North Dakota border would help pallid sturgeon reach upstream spawning grounds.

The dinosaur-like fish for decades have been prevented from moving upstream by a rock weir that diverts river water for irrigation.

A judge blocked construction of the dam and bypass last year following concerns raised by wildlife advocates.

A group of government biologists has said removing the weir is the best way to help pallid sturgeon avoid extinction.

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

Friday, September 9th 2016
Recent GHS Educational Trust Awards Include First in Memory of Bob Rennick, Jr.
For half a century, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust has been offering financial aid to GHS alumni pursuing higher education. With each award, the trust reminds the recipient that it is a “gift” made possible by the generosity of hundreds of donors who value education and love this community. Recipients are always encouraged to return the favor, to “pay it forward,” by contributing to the trust when they are in a position to do so. This spirit of philanthropy and commitment to others was beautifully illustrated recently by a bequest from Robert “Bob” E. Rennick, Jr., of $21,069. 32, from his Montana Teachers Retirement System fund on his passing last May.

Bob Rennick, Jr., was a 1985 graduate of Glasgow High School. Encouraged by his teachers to pursue higher education, among them Kitty Lou Rusher, who would become his mentor, colleague, and close friend, Bob enrolled in Northern Montana College (now MSU-Northern). As is the case for so many students, both then and now, Bob needed all the financial help he could get, and he applied to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust for assistance. He was awarded gifts in 1986 and 1987 in memory of Florence Friedlund, a long-time Glasgow resident and philanthropist. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Northern in 1989 and accepted a teaching position in Winifred, Montana, that fall. In 1998, he returned to Glasgow where he taught high school English and coached Speech and Drama until 2007, when he became a guidance counselor at GHS. His Master’s Degree in Counseling, also from MSU-Northern, enabled him to teach English and psychology courses through the outreach program at Fort Peck Community College as well. He retired in 2014.

Sensitive and compassionate, Bob encouraged and aided students in coping with the challenges of adolescence and assisted them in finding their post-secondary paths. He never forgot the help he had received from others, and he advised his students to seek out all sources of support just as he had done to achieve his goals. He was a strong advocate for the Glasgow High School Educational Trust, as evidenced by his generous legacy.

Whenever the trust receives donations in the name of a particular individual that total $500 or more, a gift to a student or GHS is given in honor, recognition, or memory of that individual. Donations of $10,000 or more in the name of a particular individual entitle the donor to an annual naming opportunity in perpetuity. The trust is honored and grateful to add Robert “Bob” E. Rennick, Jr., to its permanent list of faithful Scotty supporters.

All donations to the trust of stock, cash, or real estate are administered by its Board of Trustees. Interest earned on its investments is used to give financial assistance to eligible alumni who meet all of the application requirements. With assets now valued over $5 million dollars, the trust has the ability to help dozens of students each year, who may reapply for assistance for a total of eight semesters toward a first degree. For example, for the 2015-2016 academic year alone, the trust granted a total of $184,500 to 47 students. In the 50 years since its first award, the trust has given $1,836,500 in financial aid to hundreds of different students attending colleges and trade schools across the nation.

In addition to the grants given to students, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust also purchases equipment and programs for GHS that cannot be financed within the regular budget. A total of 111 gifts have been made to GHS across all departments. Recent trust purchases include 3-D printers to support the Drafting and Design class within the STEM curriculum and the Anatomy and Physiology class in the science department. Other trust purchases include extensive improvements in the lighting and sound system of the auditorium. These gifts benefit all students and the public at large when they attend events at GHS or use its facilities. The total dollar amount of the trust’s purchases for GHS to date is $221,217.52.

Financial grants to students from the GHS Educational Trust are based primarily on need. Trust applicants that also apply for federal student aid should be aware that new rules for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are now in effect. According to information recently released by Reach Higher Montana, the FAFSA for the 2017-18 academic year will now be available on Oct 1, 2016, rather than January 1, 2017, and will allow students and their families to use income tax information from 2015. This will allow all students applying to the GHS Educational Trust who have also completed the FAFSA to include a signed and dated copy of their financial aid award acceptance letter with their GHS Educational Trust application. This will be a trust requirement effective for the October 15, 2016, application deadline and henceforth to enable the trustees to make fair assessments of need.

The application for financial aid from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust and other relevant information is available at http://ghsedutrust.org/. Application deadlines are July 1st of each year for both semesters of the upcoming academic year, and October 15th for the spring semester only.

At its recent semi-annual meeting, the Glasgow High School Educational Trust made the following gifts to students in honor, memory, or recognition of the individuals listed by their names:

First-time recipients:

Josephine Braaten, Minnesota State University-Mankato, IMO Harold H. and Irene W. Smith; Amy K. Breigenzer, University of North Dakota, IMO Russell “Rusty” Smith; Kaleb A. Cole, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Aaron “Chappy” Chatten; Edwin E. Daggett, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Wallace L. Johnson; Gage J. Legare, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Lila Moen Sanders and IHO Phyllis Moen Sanguine; Abby R. Mehling, Northern Michigan University, IMO James F. and Anne Hoffman; Tamrah K. Pewitt, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Ardis Parke Fuhrman; Kelsi M. Schultz, Miles Community College, IHO Sever and Esther Enkerud; Samuel L. Schultz, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Donald “Don” J. Baker; Luke G. Zeiger, Chadron State College, IMO Robert “Bob” E. Rennick, Jr.

Second-time recipients:

Shyla R. Bergtoll, Weber State University, IMO Ivy and Millie Knight; Whitney Billing, Western Governors University, IHO Beryl Pehlke; Alexandre M. Daggett, Minot State University, IMO Horace O. and Emma C. Gamas; Emma R. Fewer, University of Montana, IHO James and Ailene Dokken Olk; Madison V. Hansen, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Erik Walstad; Abigail C. Helland, MSU-Bozeman, IRO Tom and Flora Coghlan Family; Lane V. Herbert, University of North Dakota, IRO LeRoy and Bess Lockwood Family; Kylie Heringer, University of Colorado-Denver, IRO Ione and Phyllis Kleppin; Grant L. Legare, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Cecil and Chloe Toftness; Rose M. Reyling, Purdue University, IMO Arthur and Audrey Parke; Skyler Sallee, Appalachian Bible College, IMO Maxine Fiedler; Mariah Stein, Black Hills State University, IHO Everett and Elizabeth Breigenzer; Chloe Sukut, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Les, Lillian, and Mary Margarette Hanson; Lachlan Vaira, University of North Dakota, IMO Leonard H. and Kathryn L. Langen; Ellen Walstad, University of North Dakota, IMO Marsha Cotton Hall; Rachel Zeiger, University of South Dakota, IMO David “Dave” J. Clowes;.

Third-time recipients:

Danielle Belleau, Minot State University, IHO Gayle Wagenhals Sage; Griffin Bengochea, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Verda Hoffarth Stewart; Alaina Cole, MSU-Bozeman, IHO Bill and Peggy Pattison; Jamie Johnson, MSU-Bozeman, IMO L.J. and Jean Baker; Rachel Pewitt, MSU-Bozeman, IMO Dean Rusher; Misty Raup, Liberty University, IMO James “Jamie” K. Fewer;
Kristina Rauscher, University of Great Falls, IHO Charlotte Bruce; Taylor Strommen, Western Governors University, IRO Herb and Lucille Friedl Family; Andrew Wageman, University of North Dakota, IMO Richard “Dick” and Mary Lou Alley Wagenhals; Laurel Wageman, MSU-Bozeman, IRO Stannebein Family;

Fourth-time recipient:

Tyana Rasmusan, Montana Tech-UM, IHO Dorothy Kolstad.

The following equipment and programs were purchased for Glasgow High School:

Sound System upgrades for the auditorium, Music Department, IHO O. E. and Lois Markle;

Pro Start Program Equipment, Family and Consumer Science Department, IMO Beatrice Trites and Family;

18 eight-foot tables and 6 six-foot tables, Math Department , IRO Paul and Joyce Ruffcorn Jacobson;

Two 3-D Printers, Industrial Technology Department, IMO Ronald Combs

Pro Plan for Coding, Business/Computer Science Department, IRO Willard and Charlotte Bruce Family
Friday, September 9th 2016
Valley County Day Of Service Is Saturday
Valley County’s “Day of Service” is Sat. Sept. 10th. This will take place at the Glasgow Senior Center from 10a.m. – 2p.m. with lunch being served from 10:30a.m. – 12noon. Free rides to this event, sponsored by Dave & Marie Pippin & Valley County Transit, will be available by calling 228-8747. Everyone is welcome to join local service providers & help remember Patriot Day. For more information, call 228-9500. Supplemental funding provided by Area 1 Agency of Aging & Thrivent Financial.
Wednesday, September 7th 2016
First West Nile Virus death for 2016 reported in McCone County
DPHHS officials remind Montanans to take precautions to prevent WNV

The McCone County Health Department and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services are reporting Montana’s first human death from West Nile Virus (WNV) for 2016.

This case brings the total number of West Nile Virus (WNV) cases reported in Montana to six for 2016. Previously, four cases were reported in Dawson County and one in Garfield County. Additionally, several horses and mosquito pools, predominately in eastern Montana, tested positive for WNV.

The deceased, an adult McCone County resident, passed away from complications related to West Nile Virus infection. The individual had no history of travel outside the state within the past month and the infection was believed to be locally acquired.

“This is an unfortunate reminder that infection from WNV can have serious consequences,” said DPHHS Director Richard Opper. “We want to remind people to take precautions and protect themselves.” Nationally, 406 human cases of WNV have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thus far in 2016, including ten deaths.

WNV is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitos through bites. Most, about 4 out of 5, people infected will experience no symptoms and become immune to the WNV infection. About 1 in 5 infected people develop a low grade fever, headache and muscle aches that begin a week or two after becoming infected. Generally, no treatment is needed.

However, in less than 1 percent of infected people, serious, life-threatening symptoms develop including headache, rash, high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, and other symptoms. Individuals who develop any of these symptoms should see their health-care provider immediately.

Mid to late summer is a high-risk period for WNV and public health officials encourage everyone to take steps to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infections. Public health officials want to remind the public that while local transmission WNV is a concern in Montana, local transmission of Zika virus is not. In fact, the mosquitos that carry Zika virus have not been found in Montana or neighboring states.

To minimize risk of WNV, experts recommend reducing mosquito populations by removing mosquito breeding areas in and around the home. Simple steps such as draining bird-baths, wading pools or any container with still water every few days will minimize breeding sites.

Because it is not possible to eliminate all breeding sites, people are reminded to follow specific recommendations to avoid being bitten. This includes wearing and safely using insect repellent when outdoors and wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts when possible.

The 4 D’s of West Nile Virus prevention should be followed to reduce the chance of mosquito bites.

Dusk / Dawn: Peak mosquitos biting hours are dusk to dawn. Limit outdoor activity during those times. If you must be outside, be sure to protect yourself from bites.
Dress: Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
DEET: Cover exposed skin with a repellant containing the chemical DEET, which is most effective against mosquito bites.
Drain: Empty any containers holding standing water because they can be excellent breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.

The number of WNV human cases in Montana varies from year to year. Over 200 cases were reported in 2003 and 2007, but generally the average is about 10 reported human infections each year. “No one can predict the severity of WNV season,” said Christine Mulgrew, DPHHS WNV Program Manager. “But we can protect ourselves from mosquito bites and eliminate breeding sites around your home.”
Tuesday, September 6th 2016
Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee Meets September 13 at Fort Peck Hatchery
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 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 the induction of the newest CAC members. There will also be department updates, details about FWP’s Vision and Guide document, and wildlife, comm.-ed., fisheries and law enforcement updates.

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. For more information about the Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee, visit the FWP Web site at http://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.

Tuesday, September 6th 2016
Lakewood, Washington Man Charged In Valley County With Drug Offense
A 41-year old Lakewood, Washington man, Justin Hanson, has been charged in Valley County with Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs.

According to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier, Hanson was stopped by the Montana Highway Patrol on U.S. Highway #2 between Nashua and Frazer on September 5th. The vehicle driven by Hanson was a rental car out of Tacoma, Washington. A drug sniffing dog used by the MHP had a positive hit on the vehicle and the vehicle was transported to Glasgow where the VCSO executed a search warrant on the rental vehicle.

A search of the vehicle found an estimated $500,000 in stolen goods ranging from jewelry, coins and baseball cards according to Sheriff Meier. The Valley County Sheriff's Office is alleging that much of the alleged stolen merchandise came from locations such as Williston, North Dakota and Great Falls, Montana.

In addition to the alleged stolen merchandise found in the vehicle, it is alleged that illegal drugs were found in the vehicle including drug paraphernalia, heroin and methamphetamine.

The FBI has joined the investigation along with the Valley County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Highway Patrol.

Hanson is currently facing the drug charge in Valley County and is incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center.

Friday, September 2nd 2016
Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale Stops By Kltz/Mix-93 Studios
Matt Rosendale, a candidate for Montana State Auditor stopped by the Kltz/Mix-93 Studios and visited with Haylie Shipp about his candidacy.

Matt Rosendale.

Thursday, September 1st 2016
Nashua School Superintendent, Bill Colter, talks about the new school year in Nashua.
Nashua has a new school superintendent and Stan Ozark had a chance to visit with Bill Colter about the new school year in Nashua.

Bill Colter.

Wednesday, August 31st 2016
Four Attorneys Pursue Upcoming District Judge Vacancy
Chief Justice Mike McGrath has notified the Judicial Nomination Commission that the Hon. John McKeon, district judge for the Seventeenth Judicial District (Blaine, Phillips, and Valley counties), will resign his position effective November 30, 2016.

The Commission is now accepting applications from any lawyer in good standing who has the qualifications set forth by law for holding the position of district court judge. The application form is available electronically at http://courts.mt.gov. Applications must be submitted electronically as well as in hard copy. The deadline for submitting applications was September 1, 2016.

There are 4 applicants for the position. Peter L. Helland of Glasgow, Dan Raymond O’Brien of Malta, Yvonne Laird of Chinook and Randy Randolph of Havre.

Peter Helland is a 1993 graduate of the University of Montana School of Law and currently is Managing Member/Attorney for Helland Law Firm, a position he has held since 2003. Helland is currently the Town Attorney for the Town of Nashua and represents the City of Glasgow in civil legal matters.

Dan O'Brien is also a graduate of the University of Montana School of Law and currently is a partner in the law firm of Cole, Amestoy and O'Brien. O'Brien who resides in Malta has been the Deputy County Attorney for Phillips County since 1994.

The public is encouraged to contact Commission members regarding the applicants during the public comment period, which will begin Friday, September 2, 2016, and close Monday, October 3, 2016.

The Commission will forward the names of three to five nominees to the governor for appointment after reviewing the applications, receiving public comment, and interviewing the applicants if necessary. The person appointed by the governor is subject to Senate confirmation during the 2017 legislative session. If confirmed, the appointee will serve for the remainder of Judge McKeon’s term, which expires January 2019. The annual salary for the position is $126,132.

Judicial Nomination Commission members are District Judge Richard Simonton of Glendive; Janice Bishop of Missoula, Karl Englund of Missoula, Elizabeth Halverson of Billings; Hal Harper of Helena; Lane Larson of Billings; and Nancy Zadick of Great Falls.

Wednesday, August 31st 2016
17-year-old killed in crash outside Saco
A 17-year-old male was killed in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning about 10 miles west of Saco, the Montana Highway Patrol reported.

At about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, on Secondary Highway 243, the driver of a Ford Aerostar van drifted off the right side of the road, and the driver overcorrected, causing the van to go off the roadway and roll several times, coming to a rest on the driver's side, the MHP said.

The passenger, a 17-year-old male from Phillips County, was pronounced dead at the scene, the MHP said. The driver of the van was also injured, but it is unknown to what extent.

Neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing seat belts, according to the MHP.

It is unknown whether speed or alcohol were factors, and the crash is still under investigation.

This is the 132nd fatality on Montana roadways this year.

Wednesday, August 31st 2016
Wheat Prices Fall to 10 Year Low
The price of wheat has dropped to its lowest level in a decade as huge harvests pile up from Russia to the US, cutting the cost of staple foods around the world. Extensive planting and benign weather have forced analysts to repeatedly raise crop outlooks.


Technical selling and grain handlers' efforts to move U.S. winter wheat supplies to buyers ahead of the corn harvest pressured wheat prices, said Roy Huckabay, executive vice-president of Linn & Associates, a Chicago brokerage.


The Financial Times reported that increasing supplies have exacerbated a broad washout in commodity markets and added additional pressure on farm economies. Excellent growing conditions for much of the United States, especially the Great Plains States of Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, contribute to U.S. winter wheat yields that are up nearly 3 bushels per acre from the May forecasts and up 8 bushels per acre above the 2015/16 estimate. The new crop U.S. winter wheat average yield is now projected to be record high at 50.5 million bushels and production is projected at 1.506 billion bushels despite an 8-percent year-to-year decline in area harvested.

Global wheat production was also up to a record. According to the August World Agricultural Supply
and Demand Estimates report, global wheat supplies for 2016/17 were raised 2.3 million tons on a 4.9-million production increase.

“The world can source wheat from the northern hemisphere or southern, eastern or western. That increases the food security of the world a whole heck of a lot,” said Ken Stein, co-manager of Kottke Commodity Capital in Chicago.

Tuesday, August 30th 2016
USDA Announces Town Hall Meetings to Gather Local Input
U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies will hold town hall meetings at 18 locations across Montana to discuss opportunities for and barriers to maximizing access to USDA programs and services.

In early 2016, 13 Montana counties were designated at "StrikeForce" counties, a rural growth and opportunity initiative launched by USDA in 2010 in economically challenged areas to improve USDA services by building partnerships to help challenged communities shape a future based on local assets and regional strengths.

Montana leaders from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Rural Development, and Food and Nutrition Service will listen to concerns from local citizens and community leaders at town hall meetings.

September 19, 2016
Culbertson County Building, 1:30PM
307 Broadway Avenue, Culbertson, MT

September 20, 2016
Fort Peck Community College, Greet the Dawn Building, 9AM
605 Indian Avenue, Poplar, MT

"Our goals and motivations are simple," said Lisa Coverdale, NRCS state conservationist for Montana and chair for the USDA Food and Agriculture Council. "We want to gain a better understanding for the current needs and challenges faced in rural Montana, while also exploring how to improve access to USDA's broad spectrum of program and technical assistance."

Contact
John George
(406) 449-5000 ext. 101
jonathan.george@mt.usda.gov

Tuesday, August 30th 2016
Scottie Homecoming 2016
Homecoming Schedule

The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture will once again be hosting the Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums during the 2016 Glasgow Scottie Homecoming Festival weekend. The band will be a part of the Scottie Homecoming Parade on Friday September 16th at 2:30pm, the Scottie Booster Club tailgate party at GHS at 6:00, and performing during half time of the Scottie vs. Big Timber football game.

On Saturday morning the Band will perform at the Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast at the Cottonwood Inn & Suites at 9AM, continue on to Valley View Home @ 10:00AM, Nemont Manor @ 10:30AM and to Prairie Ridge @ 11:00AM. They will also play at the start of the varsity volleyball game against Wolf Point at approximately 3:00pm.

At 5:30PM the annual Pub Crawl will begin at Sunnyside Golf Course.

The Pipe Band is sponsored by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottie Booster Club, Kiwanis Club & local area merchants.

Bring the family and enjoy one of the many opportunities to watch the Saskatoon Police Pipe Band perform and enjoy Scottie Homecoming 2016. Show your Scottie Pride and decorate your window.

Got Spirit? Prove It!

Tuesday, August 30th 2016
Listen: U.S. House Candidates Denise Juneau And Ryan Zinke Debate August 29, 2016
On Monday evening in Frazer the top 2 candidates vying for Montana's Congressional seat debated in Frazer. Thanks to Montana Public Radio for the link.

The full debate may be listened to here:

http://mtpr.org/post/listen-us-house-candidates-denise-juneau-and-ryan-zinke-debate-august-29-2016

Monday, August 29th 2016
Congressional Debate Set For Tonight In Frazer. Kltz Will Have Full Coverage Starting at 7pm.
The leading candidates for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat – Republican incumbent Ryan Zinke and Democratic challenger Denise Juneau – will square off in two debates this week, including one on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeast Montana.

Their first debate of the campaign is Monday, at the Frazer School in Frazer, and the second contest will be Thursday in Billings, at Montana State University-Billings.

Libertarian candidate Mike Fellows of Missoula is expected to attend the Billings debate.

The hour-long debates, which begin at 7 p.m., will be broadcast on Kltz-Glasgow, Yellowstone Public Radio, selected Northern Broadcasting System radio stations across Montana and Montana Public Radio.

Zinke, 54, elected to the U.S. House seat in 2014, is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL and former state senator from Whitefish.

Juneau, 49, has been the state’s superintendent of public instruction since 2009.

Monday’s debate will be moderated by Jackie Yamanaka of Yellowstone Public Radio. The two panelists who will ask questions are Grant Stafne, a member of the Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board, and Sierra Stoneberg-Holt of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation.

The candidates also will field questions from the audience and each other, chosen by the moderator or time-keeper James Walling of the Glasgow Courier.

Thursday’s debate, at the Petro Theater on the MSU-Billings campus, will be moderated by Greg LaMotte of KULR-TV. Candidates will answer questions from three panelists: Yamanaka, Tom Lutey of the Billings Gazette and Becky Hillier of Cowles Media “Wake up Montana.”

Monday, August 29th 2016
FWP Hosts Public Meeting in Vida to Discuss Redwater Fish Passage Project
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will host an open house at the Vida School to discuss the Redwater Fish Passage Enhancement Project on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 7-9 p.m.

FWP will present the project overview that plans to remove the existing culverts on the Nickwall Road and replace them with fish-friendly arched culverts. The project is scheduled to start on Sept. 19 and will take up to 45 days to complete. Citizens that may be affected by the construction are encouraged to attend. Please contact Steve Dalbey at 406-228-3706 with any questions.

Monday, August 29th 2016
Valley County Democratic Committee Offers Scholarship
The Valley County Democratic Committee is offering four $1000 scholarships is designed to provide financial assistance to Valley County students working toward their undergraduate educational goals. Applicants must be residents of Valley County and be enrolled in their second year or above of a college. Previous winners are not eligible for this scholarship. Students who applied for the Spring semester scholarship will be considered again for this fall’s scholarship without reapplying.

Applications are available at the Valley County Extension Office or by emailing Roubie Younkin at kry@montana.edu. Application deadline is Friday, September 16, 2016.

Thursday, August 25th 2016
FWP Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Land Acquisition in Hill County
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a proposal for the fee-title acquisition of a parcel of property in north Hill County. The proposed purchase contains approximately 640 acres of property about 45 miles northwest of Havre. This property is adjacent to the Lost River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), and if acquired, would be managed as a part of this WMA. The property is located along the Milk River and consists primarily of Milk River riparian habitats and associated uplands.

The primary purpose of this proposal is to conserve and enhance native habitats that that are important for wildlife species and to enhance public access to this property and the adjacent WMA. This habitat provides critical winter range for big game species. Protecting and enhancing the existing habitat is expected to maintain or increase use by game animals, including mule deer, elk, white-tailed deer, antelope, upland game birds, and waterfowl along with a variety of native nongame species of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals.

The Draft Environmental Assessment can be found on the on the FWP website by clicking on the tab for “Submit Public Comments” on the main page. Look under the “Fish and Wildlife” tab and under “Acquisitions, Trades & Leases.”

The comment period for this proposal will be from August 18 through 5 p.m. on September 16, 2016. A copy of the proposal can be requested by calling the Region 6 Headquarters at 406-228-3700.

A public meeting will be held at the Hill County Electric Hospitality Room in Havre on September 8th at 6:30 pm to provide information on the proposed acquisition and take public comment.

Please send all written comments to the following address:
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Attn: Lost River WMA Addition Proposal
2165 Hwy 2 East
Havre, MT 59501

Comments can also be emailed to Scott Hemmer at
shemmer@mt.gov. Additional information regarding this project can be obtained by contacting Hemmer at 406-265-6177, ext. 224.

Thursday, August 25th 2016
West Nile Virus Reported In Montana
State and local public health officials are reminding Montanans to avoid mosquito bites as the state’s first cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) were recently reported.

Four cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) have been reported, three from Dawson County and one from Garfield have been identified. In addition to the human cases, one equine case in Petroleum County and mosquitos in Lake, Prairie, Phillips and Valley counties have tested positive for the virus.

WNV is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitos through bites. Most, about 4 out of 5, people infected will experience no symptoms and develop immunity. About 1 in 5 infected people develop a low grade fever, headache and muscle aches that begin a week or two after becoming infected. Generally, no treatment is needed.

However, in less than 1 percent of infected people, serious, life-threatening symptoms develop including headache, rash, high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, and other symptoms. Individuals who develop any of these symptoms should see their health-care provider immediately.

Mid to late summer is prime time for transmission of WNV and public health officials encourage everyone to take steps to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infection with West Nile Virus (WNV). Public health officials want to remind the public that while WNV is a concern in Montana, Zika virus is not. In fact, the mosquitos that carry Zika virus have not been found in Montana or neighboring states.
To minimize risk of WNV, experts recommend reducing mosquito populations by removing mosquito breeding areas in and around the home. Simple steps such as draining bird-baths, wading pools or any container with still water every few days will minimize breeding sites.

Because it is not possible to eliminate all breeding sites, people are reminded to follow specific recommendations to avoid being bitten. This includes wearing and safely using insect repellent when outdoors and wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts when possible.

The 4 D’s of West Nile Virus prevention should be followed to reduce the chance of mosquito bites.
Dusk / Dawn: Peak mosquitos biting hours are dusk to dawn. Limit outdoor activity during those times. If you must be outside, be sure to protect yourself from bites.

Dress: Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.

DEET: Cover exposed skin with a repellant containing the chemical DEET, which is most effective against mosquito bites.

Drain: Empty any containers holding standing water because they can be excellent breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.

The number of WNV human cases in Montana varies from year to year. Over 200 cases were reported in 2003 and 2007, but generally the average is about 10 reported human infections each year. Cases reported are more likely to be those that are severe and about one-third of Montana cases required hospitalization.

“No one can predict the severity of WNV season,” said Christine Mulgrew, DPHHS WNV Program Manager. “But we can protect ourselves from mosquito bites and eliminate breeding sites around your home.”
For more information go to the DPHHS website at www.dphhs.mt.gov.

Wednesday, August 24th 2016
Missing North Dakota Man Found Dead After Montana Crash
(Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials have identified a motorcyclist found dead in northeastern Montana as a North Dakota man who went missing in June.

The Roosevelt County Coroner's Office says Zackary Baldwin, of Williston, died of blunt force trauma resulting from a motor vehicle crash. The 30-year-old man was found dead Friday and is believed to have died on June 26, the day he went missing.

The Billings Gazette reports that a road cleanup crew had spotted the man's motorcycle in a ditch off Highway 2. Authorities responded and discovered Baldwin's body nearby.

The Montana Highway Patrol says Baldwin had veered off the side of the road and rolled at least once down an embankment.

He had been wearing a helmet but it came off at some point.

The incident remains under investigation.

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

Wednesday, August 24th 2016
Daines Announces $348,357 For Library Services For Seven Montana Tribes

BOZEMAN, Mont. —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $348,357 in funding for seven Montana tribes to support their existing library operation and to maintain core library services.

“This funding will ensure that tribal libraries are up-to-date and properly serve Indian Country,” Daines stated. “The Native American Library Services Grant is important to improving libraries in Montana’s native communities.”

The Native American Library Services Basic Grant is distributed in equal amounts among eligible applicants. The funds were provided to following tribes throught the Native American Library Services.

The Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Chippewa Cree Tribe, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Crow Tribe of Indians, Fort Belknap Community Council, Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes and Northern Cheyenne Tribe each was awarded $7,000 in funding.

Additionally, the Fort Belknap Community Council and Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes both received over $149,000 in Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants that support projects that enhance existing library services or implement new ones.

Below is more information on the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants:

Institution: Fort Belknap Community Council
Award Amount: $149,830
Project Title: Promoting Lifelong Learning on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation through Engaging Library Outreach Programs
Project Description: The Fort Belknap Indian Community Council's Aaniiih Nakoda College Library (ANCL) will promote lifelong learning among residents of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation through outreach programs that address topics of identified community interest and feat.

Institution: Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes
Award Amount: $149,527
Project Title: Technology and Digitization Project
Project Description: The James E. Shanley Tribal Library at Fort Peck Community College, which performs the functions of academic library, tribal library and community library for Fort Peck Community College (FPCC), the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, and the Poplar community.

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016
2nd Annual Paint Run A Success
A total of 165 (up from 155 last year) registered for the 2nd Annual Paint Run.

It's anticipated that the Glasgow Student Council raised almost $4000 to give to the Montana Warriors on the Water program.

The goal was $5,000 but a local group that said that they would help the GHS Student Council to reach the goal, so they were happy with the tremendous support received for the event.

The $5,000 amount was selected because it cost the Warriors on the Water program $4,600 this summer to pay for the housing while the veterans were at Hell Creek in July.

The Student Council members wanted to cover that cost; we will just have to work a little harder next year. Thanks to all that participated in the run, whether you were a walker/runner or a paint thrower, or a sponsor,we couldn't have done it without you!

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016
Hi-Line Technology Round-Up Coming to Malta
Can you think of an aspect of your life that is not impacted by technology? Whether at home, work, on the ranch or in school, we use technology daily. Rural life in Montana is no different, and the HiLine Technology Round Up, in Malta on September 22nd, wants to show you just that.

This one day, free event, includes panel discussions, concurrent sessions and trade show displays, all focused on technology and geared to inspire our rural future. The panel discussions focus on Technologies Impacting Agriculture, Business and Education, Youth in Technology and Living Remote in the New Rural Economy, with speakers from MT High Tech Business Alliance, Ranchlogs, AHEC, Girlzilla and others. Concurrent sessions showcase presentations from the Montana Cooperative Development Center, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Montana Manufacturing Extension, Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Big Sky Code Academy, HarlemUnitedF1 and Montana Telehealth. Trade show booths include the Google Advantage Lab, National Weather Service, and Setting Up Popular Apps.

The HiLine Technology Round Up will be held at the Malta Business Center from 12pm-6pm on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Admission is free, but RSVP is encouraged through our website below.

There are still sponsorship and trade show booths available. Please contact us at malta@itstriangle.com, 406-654-1776 or http://www.HiLineTechnology.com for more information or to advertise with us. Find us on Facebook at HiLine Technology Round Up.
Tuesday, August 23rd 2016
Free Youth Outdoor Skills Event Scheduled Saturday, August 27 at the Glasgow Trap Club
A free youth outdoor skills event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Glasgow Trap Club. The event is organized and funded by donations and volunteers from the Hi-Line Sportsmen, Ducks Unlimited, The Glasgow Trap Club, D&G Sports and Western, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
The format for this year’s event will be different from previous years, mostly by splitting participants into two age groups. Youngsters under age 10 are scheduled from 2-3:00 p.m., and are invited to participate in activities including casting, binocular use/big game animal ID and pellet gun shooting. Registration for the first session will begin at 1:30 p.m., and parents/guardians need to be on hand to register and sign.

Youth ages 10-18 are scheduled from 3:30-5:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 3:00. For participants under age 18, parents/guardians need to be on hand to register and sign. The second session will include shooting shotguns (both at stationary and moving clay pigeons), archery shooting, and big-game shot selection.

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

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

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

Friday, August 19th 2016
Fort Peck Summer Theatre Concludes Season With The Woman In Black
Something new to the Fort Peck Theatre Stage: A Thriller! Recently turned into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe, two men enter a theatre with hopes of finding the identity of a mysterious Woman in Black. Often times very funny, (with lots of suspense but no gore), this play is sure to induce a few goosebumps, but no nightmares!

The Woman in Black stars Mace Archer and Jay Michael Roberts. Archer, a Montana native born in Butte and raised in Billings, was a founder and the Producing Artistic Director of Venture Theatre in Billings, MT, now the NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. He is currently the Artistic Director at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, a suburb of Portland.   Earlier this season, Roberts was scenic designer for The Last Five Years and My Way, and appeared as Padre in Man of LaMancha and Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins. He is also recently designed and a major new project at Glasgow’s Pioneer Museum.

The Woman in Black is directed by Andy Meyers, with special help from Megan Wiltshire. Costume design is by Corrine Schabile, Lighting Design is by Spencer Perry and Sound Design is by Connor Adams.

Friday, August 19th 2016
Glasgow Pool Shuts Down For 2016
According to Jorey Casterline, head of the Glasgow Recreation Department, they have been forced to close the city swimming pool for the year.

Casterline said mechanical issues are forcing the city of Glasgow to close the pool for 2016.

He stated that it was a safety issue as well.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016
Color Run Is Saturday
Glasgow's second annual color run is coming up this Saturday. It starts at 9 a.m. at the Glasgow Recreation Department.

The event is a fundraiser for the Warriors on the Water Project. The Run/Walk is a 2.5 mile untimed event, highlighted by participants being sprayed with powdered paint at various points along the course.

Entry fee is $25; participants are asked to enter as soon as possible at the Glasgow Recreation Department. Entry fee includes a Paint Run/Walk T-shirt.

Everyone is invited to come together as a community and help support our veterans!

Wednesday, August 17th 2016
Final Hump Day Of The Summer
Today (Wednesday) marks the final Hump Day of the summer for area businesses.

This year, businesses have been offering special deals on the third Wednesday of each month, in June, July and August. Many businesses will have extra discounts between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today.

The event is put on by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016
Hi-Line Homes To Hold Open House
Hi-Line Home Programs, Inc., is celebrating 40 years of working with children & families in N.E. Montana. They will have an Open House Celebration at the Glasgow Office, 605 3rd Ave. South, Thurs. Aug. 18th from 1-4p.m. Everyone is welcome to come meet the staff & learn about the work they do.
Wednesday, August 17th 2016
Sailing Weekend Coming Up
The 2016 Can-Am Fort Peck Sailing Regatta will take place at the Fort Peck Marina Aug. 19th – 21st.

Events begin Fri. Aug. 19th at 2p.m. with a Dry-Land Presentation, followed by “On the Water Practices” & dinner at 6p.m.

Registration/Breakfast is 8-9a.m. Saturday, followed by Competitors meeting; races will take place through 5p.m. & dinner will be at 6p.m.

Races begin at 10a.m. Sunday with the last race at 2:30p.m. followed by the awards ceremony.

Volunteers & spectators are welcome. For more information, contact Rafe at 263-2468 or Julie at 939-0280.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016
Family Appreciation Day, Street Dance & Fair Set For Friday Night
A family appreciation day will be held this Friday, August 19th from 5-8 p.m. at the west parking lot of Prairie Ridge.

Over a dozen businesses will be participating with prizes, games and other activities. Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital will have a basketball hoop set up, and other games include blackjack and redneck horseshoes.

A free dinner will be served from 5-6:30 p.m.

3 Amigos and friends will be playing music for the street dance. The Flatland Cruisers Car Club will have a car show. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, August 17th 2016
Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame announces 2016 inductions
Today the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) announced the ninth 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.

“Our volunteer trustees around Montana vote on nominations that come from the district in which they reside,” said Jeff Bolstad, Helena State Farm agent and MCHF&WHC President. “It gives the 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 who have made an impact in their part of the state and represent 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 2016 inductions allowed the election of up to one Living Inductee and two Legacy Inductees from each of the 12 districts.

The 2016 inductees into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame are:

District 1 (Daniels, Phillips, Roosevelt, Sheridan, & Valley Counties): Living Award – Edgar Richardson, Scobey. Legacy Award – Fire Bear - William Standing, Oswego and Tande Ranch, Scobey.

District 2 (Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Prairie, Richland, & Wibaux Counties): Living Award – Lawrence C. “Buck” Roberts, Wibaux. Legacy Award – William James “Bill” Brown, Sr., Sand Springs and Paul Kasten, Brockway.

District 3 (Carter, Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Rosebud, & Treasure Counties): Living Award – William Jr. “Chuck” Hubing, Miles City. Legacy Award – Gary Grant Gatlin, Broadus and Johnny Morris, Broadus.

District 4 (Blaine, Chouteau, Hill, & Liberty Counties): Living Award – Aaron “Duke” Pursley, Big Sandy. Legacy Award – Gordon Charles “Buck” Boyce, Havre.

District 5 (Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton, & Toole Counties): Living Award – Donald Patrick Hogan, Great Falls. Legacy Award – Hattie Maria (Webb) Dear, Cascade and Jules Klint “Duke” Gustafson, Great Falls.

District 6 (Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum, & Wheatland Counties): Living Award – Clinton H. “Clint” & Sharon E. (Henderson) Martin, Lewistown. Legacy Award – George R. “Sonny” Smith, Grass Range and William “Bill” Skelton, Stanford.

District 7 (Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, & Yellowstone Counties): Living Award – Henry & Lorraine Valgamore, Big Timber. Legacy Award – Ella Maude (Daylong) Huntington, Billings and High Bird - Dr. Joseph “Joe” Medicine Crow, Crow Agency.

District 8 (Broadwater, Jefferson, & Lewis and Clark Counties): Living Award – Jack Leroy “Doc” Rea, Helena. Legacy Award – Frank James “Gary” Cooper, Helena and Robert F. “Bob” Morgan, Helena.

District 9 (Gallatin, Meagher, & Park Counties): Living Award – James Earl “Jimmy” Sarrazin, Wilsall. Legacy Award – Gerard “Bud” Story Burkhart, Bozeman and “Indian Jack” Hart, Livingston.

District 10 (Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, & Sanders Counties): Legacy Award – Lester P. “Les” Baldwin, Polson and The Park Saddle Horse Company, Glacier National Park.

District 11 (Mineral, Missoula, & Ravalli Counties): Living Award – Arnold D. “Smoke” Elser, Missoula. Legacy Award – Charles James “Charlie” Yerian, Corvallis and Elton Vanleir Brechbill, Stevensville.
District 12 (Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Silver Bow, Granite, Madison, & Powell Counties): Living Award – Paul Irving Greany, Drummond. Legacy Award – Donald Philip “Don” Harrington, Dillon and Samuel Russel “Sam” McDowell, Wisdom.

Since the initial round of inductions to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2008, including this year’s inductions, 274 inductees have been honored. Full biographies for past inductees are available on the MCHF & WHC’s website, http://www.montanacowboyfame.org.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016
Montana Tribes' Request For Bison Hits Hurdle
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A proposal to transfer wild bison from Yellowstone National Park to a Montana American Indian reservation is meeting resistance from state livestock officials.

Leaders of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes on Monday asked the state Board of Livestock to support moving 49 bison captured last winter.

Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure says a $500,000 facility has been built on the reservation to keep the animals from escaping.

But state veterinarian Marty Zaluski told livestock board members that state law prohibits moving the bison until they are certified as disease-free.

Zaluski says the animals need to remain in quarantine inside or near Yellowstone for up to two-and-a-half years to be certain they're not infected.

Many Yellowstone bison carry the disease brucellosis. There have been no recorded transmissions from bison to livestock.

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

Tuesday, August 16th 2016
Meth Addiction Devastates Fort Peck Reservation
(From KTVQ)

Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick said methamphetamine is the big problem on the Fort Peck Reservation.

“During the day, Poplar, Wolf Point, Frazier, Oswego, Brockton they’re all great places,” said Detective Ken Trottier, who works for the Fort Peck Justice Department. “Great people out, I call them the working class people. At night, when everyone is off work and it’s time to go to bed, the good people go to bed and our criminal element comes out at night.”

The drug itself breaks into homes and infiltrates families, destroying hope.

“We’ve had 70 year-olds test positive and kids as young as 12 and 13 test positive for meth,” said Trottier.

Trottier estimates that about 60 percent of Roosevelt County residents are addicted to methamphetamine, opioids, or both.

And those are the addicts who choose to use the drug.

On the Fort Peck Reservation, babies are born just as addicted as those who can actually walk the streets in search of their next fix.

Fort Peck Chief Judge Stacie Crawford Smith grew up on the reservation and said she’s witnessed the methamphetamine epidemic develop over the years.

Smith is at the head of the tribe’s inundated justice system, which she says sees on average 15 methamphetamine cases each week.

That’s 45 percent more cases than Yellowstone County, which has 10 times the population.

Trottier and Frederick say methamphetamine has played a direct role in four murders this year.

Monday, August 15th 2016
Another Successful Relay For Life
It was another successful Relay For Life on Saturday at the Valley County fairgrounds.

Estimates as of this morning were at $57,000 raised so far. The goal is $65,000 by the end of August. The event in Glasgow typically raises as much or more than many other larger communities. Numbers from other cities included Missoula with $57,500 Great Falls with $35,000 and Havre with $9000.

Over 75 survivors and over 200 people turned out on Saturday. 1,029 luminaria were lit in honor or memory of loved ones.

Monday, August 15th 2016
Highway 2 Expansion Unlikely
(From the Billings Gazette)
Havre Bob Sivertsen has devoted much of his life to the expansion of U.S. Highway 2 into a modern four-lane highway running the entire 667 miles across the top of the state. 

"We have become the bottleneck for trade and free flow of traffic," Sivertsen said. "The problem is the Montana Highway 2 is the only segment of the Highway 2 system that is not four lanes, yet we are the connectivity."

Sivertsen thinks a modern four-lane road would bring more truck traffic to the top of the state and promote a robust economy through a part of Montana that is losing businesses and population. He believes it strongly enough he’s spent his golden years doing things like hand-delivering surveys to every business along the road from Bainville to Troy.

He’s not alone in his quest. His Highway 2 Association has several hundred members. Their signs calling for “4 for 2” dot the region, mostly hung on or near buildings with boarded-up windows and peeling siding, structures that used to house now-closed businesses Sivertsen argues could be thriving if towns only saw the volume of traffic a four-lane road would bring.

But despite his best efforts, an expanded U.S. 2 isn’t happening in the near or distant future because there just isn’t a way to pay for it.

A bill passed in 2001 and sponsored by former state Sen. Sam Kitzenberg of Glasgow called for Montana make U.S. 2 four lanes across the state but did not set aside money. It only directed the state to pursue funding and even limited the Department of Transportation to not spend resources on the highway that would jeopardize other state highway projects.

Daily vehicle counts on the road are nowhere near what they need to be to justify an expansion, according to the DOT. Though the road is four lanes through North Dakota, there it runs through bigger towns with traffic that supported an expansion process started decades ago. But Sivertsen says the population won't grow without a bigger road.

U.S. 2 is part of the national highway system and improvements to the road are mostly funded by the federal government. This fiscal year the state of Montana has about $105 million to spend on all its national highways. State law says that money must be split between five highway districts; U.S. 2 runs through three of them.

"That’s a lot of money, but when you think about it, that’s a lot of highway," Tooley said. "If you split that up now you’re down to maybe $60 million that you could spend on every national highway in all three of those districts" U.S. 2 passes through.

There are 667 miles of U.S. 2 through Montana and the average cost per mile for reconstruction is about $1 million.

"We could put every dollar we have just into U.S. 2 and it’s not really going to get anywhere as far as rebuilding that highway," Tooley said.

It would cost $16 billion to handle all the highway transportation improvements Montana needs over the next decade, according to the DOT. And state and federal resources will only generate $4.5 billion.

Data kept by the DOT tracks traffic on the road. The busiest segment, where U.S. 2 goes through Kalispell, sees an average of 16,397 vehicles a day. But the next heaviest-traveled stretch of road sees 56 percent less daily traffic, with 9,149 vehicles running through where U.S. 87 meets U.S. 2 outside Havre. And other segments of the road, like near Shelby or between Havre 

Monday, August 15th 2016
Tribes To Request Transfer Of Bison Today
(From NBC Montana)BILLINGS, Mont. - Leaders of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes want livestock officials to support the transfer of 49 wild bison from Yellowstone National Park to their northeastern Montana reservation.

Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure said he will make the request to the Montana Board of Livestock today.

The bison were captured last winter under a program that restricts the animals' seasonal migration into Montana.

Many Yellowstone bison carry brucellosis. That's a disease feared by the livestock industry because it can cause cattle to abort their young.

Azure says the bison have been tested to ensure they are not infected.

State veterinarian Marty Zaluski says brucellosis testing protocols call for the animals to be held in quarantine for up to two-and-a-half years. He says that only then would they be considered disease-free.

Friday, August 12th 2016
Logan Gunderson Talks With Stan Ozark About Paint Run To Benefit Warriors On The Water
Stan Ozark visited with Logan Gunderson about the upcoming Paint Run to benefit Warriors on the Water.


Logan Gunderson.

Thursday, August 11th 2016
Valley County Commissioners Approve 2% Salary Increase For Elected Officials And County Employees
The Valley County Commissioners have approved a 2% increase in pay for all elected officials and county employees.

The salary increase will cost Valley County nearly $80,000 for fiscal year 2016-2017.

The 2% increase will increase elected official salaries to this level:

Valley County Commissioner- $45,816.80
Clerk of District Court- $45,816.80
Treasurer- $45,816.80
Clerk and Recorder/Assessor/Superintendent of Schools- $52,389.32
Justice of the Peace- $27,490.08
Sheriff/Coroner- $49,370.90
County Attorney- $108,908.14

Thursday, August 11th 2016
Rod Karst And Mona Amundson Talk About This Weekends Northeast Montana Relay For Life
Stan Ozark visited with Mona Amundson and Rod Karst about this weekends Northeast Montana Relay For Life at the Northeast Montana Fairgrounds. Here is the full interview:


Relay For Life.

Wednesday, August 10th 2016
Culbertson Man Dies In Crash Near Fort Kipp
FORT KIPP, Mont. (AP) — A 63-year-old Culbertson man was killed in a one-vehicle crash near Fort Kipp, on the southeastern corner of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

The Montana Highway Patrol reports the man was eastbound on BIA Route 1 just before 7:30 p.m. Monday when his minivan went into the ditch. It traveled in the ditch for a distance, struck an approach and flipped end over end, landing on its roof.

The man died at the scene. His name has not been released.

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

Monday, August 8th 2016
MSU Extension Meeting Set For Tuesday On New Veterinary Feed Directive
MSU Extension beef cattle specialists will host a meeting Tues. Aug. 9th at the Cottonwood Inn from 1-5p.m. to help livestock producers understand a new ruling by the US Food & Drug Administration concerning feed-grade antibiotics.

The veterinary feed directive, or VFD, was developed by the USFDA & will impact how producers feed their livestock. The VFD impacts feed-grade antibiotics that are medically important, which are antibiotics used in both human & animal medicine. The VFD rule will be implemented on Jan. 1, 2017.

In preparation for the rule, MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialists Megan Van Emon & Rachel Endecott & Montana Veterinary Medical Association President-Elect Katie Rein will present the meeting which will focus on the VFD basics, label changes, veterinary-client-patient-relationships, required information on a VFD form, impacts on minor species & other information. The goal of the meetings is to provide information that will help attendees aid in the ease of implementation of the VFD rule.

Meeting attendees will be given information in a binder, courtesy of the Western Extension Risk Management Education Center.

Please RSVP to Shelly Mills, 228-6241 or smills@montana.edu. 

Monday, August 8th 2016
Women's Kayaking Class Is Full
The Becoming an Outdoor Woman Beginning Kayaking Class Offered Near Fort Peck is Full

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Beginning Kayaking Class offered near Fort Peck on August 13 is full.

Due to the overwhelming interest, plans are already in the works to hold additional classes in the summer of 2017. Please keep a lookout for future classes offered. If there are any questions, contact Marc Kloker at 406-228-3704.

Monday, August 8th 2016
Last Hunter Education Classes Offered in Glasgow, for Youth and Adults
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the last hunter education courses in the Glasgow area for this year. There will be an adult online “field day” course on August 23, and a regular youth classroom course August 25-27.

For the adult online field course, adults must pass the online hunter education course and receive a Field Day Qualifier Certificate. This Field Day Qualifier Certificate and a picture ID are necessary to obtain entrance into the field course.
The adult field course will be held from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, at the Quonset building at the FWP Headquarters in Glasgow.

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

The youth classroom course will also be held in the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow. Classes will run from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26, and from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, August 27.
Classroom students need to pick up the Hunter Education Manual from the FWP office in Glasgow. Before students can pick up a manual, however, they must be registered and have printed and signed all necessary forms.

Students are to read each chapter and complete all review sections before class on Thursday, August 25. If workbooks are not complete, students will not be able to continue the course.

To register and learn more about the hunter education classes offered, please go to the FWP website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov and look under the “Education” tab. If there are any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.

Monday, August 8th 2016
Missing Fishermen Found On Missouri River Below Fort Peck Dam
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 News that the VCSO and Valley County Search and Rescue spent a large portion of Sunday evening searching for 3 missing fishermen on the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam.

The 3 fishermen finally were able to make contact with authorities late Sunday evening near Wiota on the Missouri River. The search took almost 6 hours before the men made contact with authorities after their fishing boat ran out of gas. Sheriff Meier said the men put their boat on the river about 2pm and were expected back at their cabin around 6pm. When they didn't return at the expected time, authorities were contacted.

Sheriff Meier said that Valley County Search and Rescue and the VCSO have been busy on the Missouri River as more and more people are floating the river with kayaks, rafts and boats.

Meier reminds people to plan your float and have your cell phone handy or a way to communicate with someone if something out of the ordinary occurs.

The saying is "Plan your float and float your plan".

Friday, August 5th 2016
District Court Judge John McKeon To Retire November 30th
Chief Justice Mike McGrath has notified the Judicial Nomination Commission that the Hon. John McKeon, district judge for the Seventeenth Judicial District (Blaine, Phillips, and Valley counties), will resign his position effective November 30, 2016.

The Commission is now accepting applications from any lawyer in good standing who has the qualifications set forth by law for holding the position of district court judge. The application form is available electronically at http://courts.mt.gov. Applications must be submitted electronically as well as in hard copy. The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 1, 2016. The Commission will announce the names of the applicants thereafter.

The public is encouraged to contact Commission members regarding the applicants during the public comment period, which will begin Friday, September 2, 2016, and close Monday, October 3, 2016.

The Commission will forward the names of three to five nominees to the governor for appointment after reviewing the applications, receiving public comment, and interviewing the applicants if necessary. The person appointed by the governor is subject to Senate confirmation during the 2017 legislative session. If confirmed, the appointee will serve for the remainder of Judge McKeon’s term, which expires January 2019. The annual salary for the position is $126,132.

Judicial Nomination Commission members are District Judge Richard Simonton of Glendive; Janice Bishop of Missoula, Karl Englund of Missoula, Elizabeth Halverson of Billings; Hal Harper of Helena; Lane Larson of Billings; and Nancy Zadick of Great Falls.

Thursday, August 4th 2016
Missouri Basin Runoff Below Average in July
July runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, was 2.3 million acre feet (MAF), 69 percent of average, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). This follows a June runoff that was 74 percent of average. The 2016 calendar year runoff forecast is 22.7 MAF, which is 89 percent of the historic average.

The total volume of water stored in the Mainstem Reservoir System is currently 59.4 MAF, occupying 3.3 MAF of the 16.3 MAF combined flood control storage zones. “System storage peaked on June 22 at 60.1 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 Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

The September 1 system storage check will determine the winter releases from Gavins Point. 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.

The Corps will continue to monitor basin conditions and will adjust the regulation of the reservoir system based on the most up-to-date information.

Reservoir Forecasts

Gavins Point releases averaged 25,000 cfs during July. Releases currently remain at 25,000 cfs and may be gradually increased later in August if needed to meet navigation targets in reaches with commercial traffic as flows on tributaries in the lower basin recede. The reservoir behind Gavins Point Dam ended July at elevation 1206.2 feet and will remain near elevation 1206.0 feet during August.

Fort Randall Dam releases averaged 23,900 cfs in July. Releases will be adjusted as necessary to maintain the desired elevation at Gavins Point Dam. The reservoir ended July at elevation 1355.2 feet, falling 1.1 feet during the month. The reservoir is expected to remain near elevation 1355.2 feet during August.

Big Bend Dam releases averaged 20,900 cfs in July. Releases are expected to average 24,900 cfs this month. The reservoir will remain near its normal elevation of 1420.0 feet during August.
Oahe Dam releases averaged 23,500 cfs during July. Releases are expected to average 24,700 cfs in August. The reservoir ended July at elevation 1611.6 feet, falling 0.6 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to fall approximately 1 foot during August.

Garrison Dam releases were reduced from 21,000 cfs to 20,000 cfs in mid-July, averaging 20,300 cfs during the month. Releases will be remain near 20,000 cfs during August. Garrison ended July at elevation 1841.3 feet, falling 0.7 feet during the month. The reservoir level is expected to fall less than 2 feet during August.

Fort Peck Dam releases were reduced from 9,000 cfs to 8,000 cfs in July, averaging 8,300 cfs for the month. Releases will be remain near 8,000 cfs in August. The reservoir ended July at elevation 2235.1 feet, down 0.7 feet during the month. The reservoir level is forecast to fall less than 2 feet during August ending the month near elevation 2233.4 feet.

The forecast reservoir releases and elevations discussed above are not definitive. Additional precipitation, lack of precipitation or other circumstances could cause adjustments to the reservoir release rates.

The six mainstem power plants generated 810 million kWh of electricity in July. Typical energy generation for July is 942 million kWh. The power plants are projected to generate 8.0 billion kWh of electricity this year, compared to the normal of 10 billion kWh.

To view the detailed three-week release forecast for the mainstem dams, go to http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/twregfcast.pdf

Thursday, August 4th 2016
Congressional Debate To Be Held In Frazer
The campaigns of Rep. Ryan Zinke and State Superintendent Denise Juneau are pleased to announce that the candidates have agreed to at least a series of four debates statewide with Montana media partners.

Juneau and Zinke are running for Montana’s lone congressional seat. Debates will be held in both urban and rural areas of the state. Dates, times and venues are still being negotiated, but the candidates have agreed to the following:

• Billings debate, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m., Petro Theater, Montana State University-Billings campus. Panelists: Tom Lutey of The Billings Gazette, Jackie Yamanaka of Yellowstone Public Radio and KULR8.


• Fort Peck Reservation (Frazer), Aug. 29 at 7 p.m., Frazer School, sponsored by the McCone, Roosevelt, and Valley Montana Farm Bureaus, moderated by the Glasgow Courier and Yellowstone Public Radio.

• Great Falls, Oct. 5, Heritage Hall at Great Falls College MSU, debate to be hosted by the Montana Farmers Union and the Great Falls Tribune.

Both campaigns would like to hold a debate on the Crow Nation and are committed to working with tribal leaders to help facilitate such an event. Media partners KULR8, Billings Gazette and Yellowstone Public Radio have also agreed to help moderate, publicize and cover the event.

Libertarian candidate Mike Fellows will also be invited to participate as a candidate in each debate.

Yellowstone Public Radio is planning to carry the Billings and Great Falls debates “live” and will make a feed available to other state media.

Wednesday, August 3rd 2016
Glasgow City Council Votes Unanimously To Approve Pet Ordinance For Glasgow Residents
The Glasgow City Council voted unanimously on Monday to limit the number of dogs and cats per household in the City of Glasgow.

The new ordinance would put a limit of 3 dogs and 3 cats in each household in Glasgow. If a household would be in possession of more then 3 dogs and 3 cats then they must be removed from the household within 10 days and failure to comply with this order would result in a citation.

There is a grandfather clause in the ordinance which will allow residents with more then 3 dogs or 3 cats to register with the Glasgow Police Department under the grandfather clause.

Registered owners my keep their current number of pets, but as the number of dogs or cats decreases through attrition over time, the owner must then abide by the limit of three dogs and three cats per household.

The new pet ordinance will have another vote at the next Glasgow City Council meeting and is expected to go into effect later this year.

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016
Relay For Life Looking For Mr. Geezer Pageant Participants
The Northeast Montana Relay For Life is looking for some mature gentlemen from around Valley County to participate in their 2nd Annual Mr. Geezer Relay Pageant. The pageant will take place on Saturday, August 13th at the Valley County Fairgrounds as part of the Northeast Montana Relay For Life. They are looking for one entrant from each of the following communities: Glasgow, Hinsdale, Nashua, Opheim and St. Marie (we will take other community representatives too).

Fort Peck will be represented by Marvin Johnson. The contest is sponsored by 5th Ave. Pharmacy. The entire pageant only takes thirty minutes and there are prizes for each of the participants. Last year's winner of the title (Ken Kautz won a S.U.V. for his efforts (socks, underwear and Viagra!). If you would like to represent your community, then contact Rod Karst at 263-8757.

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016
Sweet Spots to Take a Selfie in #GlasgowMT & #FtPeckMT
The selfie, come on we all do it. From gorgeous vacation spots to Friday night drinks with friends, these self-portraits are a social media mainstay.

Make no mistake you do not need to be on an incredible vacation to take a sweet solo snap. Take a staycation in #GlasgowMT and #FtPeckMT and journal your adventure with killer selfies at these awesome spots with that magical device- your cellphone.

It’s about time you said, “Cheese” at one of these iconic spots.
Ft Peck-#ftpeckmt
Kiwanis Park
Ft Peck Interpretive Center
Ft Peck Summer Theater
Ft Peck Hotel
Ft Peck Marina
Lewis & Clark overlook
Spillway
Memorial overlook
Milk River overlook

Glasgow- #glasgowmt
Home Run Pond
Sullivan Park Trail
Centennial Park
Sunnyside Golf Course
Downtown Glasgow
Children’s Museum
World Wildlife Exhibit
Pioneer Museum
Busted Knuckle
Glasgow High School
Glasgow International Airport
Loaded Toad

Monday, August 1st 2016
Prosecutor won’t pursue felony charges against Beach
BILLINGS — A Montana prosecutor said Friday that he’s not pursuing felony charges at this time against a man accused of sexually propositioning a 12-year-old girl two months after he was granted clemency in a 1979 murder.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said Friday that he’s sent the complaint involving Barry Beach to Billings City Attorney Brent Brooks and corrections officials for their review.

That means the matter still could be considered for potential misdemeanor charges or as grounds for revocation of Beach’s probation.

Twito said he outlined his rationale for not seeking criminal charges in memos he sent to the city and probation officials with the Department of Corrections. He declined to discuss the contents or provide further details on the results of his office’s investigation.

Beach declined to talk about the case when reached by The Associated Press.

“I think it’s just too delicate on everybody’s behalf,” he said.

Brooks said his office would be reviewing the case and make a decision in the next several weeks.

Beach was placed on probation for 10 years as a condition of the clemency granted him by Gov. Steve Bullock in November.

He was convicted in 1983 and sentenced to 100 years prison for killing Kimberly Nees of Poplar, but had long denied any involvement.

The accusation involving the 12-year-old girl was first publicly reported in late June, more than five months after the alleged victim’s mother filed a complaint with police.

According to that report, Beach picked up the girl in his vehicle late at night on Jan. 10 along a road in Billings. The girl had run away from a center for troubled youth, according to the girl’s mother.

The woman told police that Beach asked her daughter if he could touch her and if she would touch him. The girl told him no, according to the report.

Beach later dropped the girl off about a half block from her house, according to the woman.

The girl’s mother could not be reached for comment Friday. A telephone number she previously used was no longer in service.

Beach’s mother, Bobbi Clincher, said she does not believe any crime occurred.

“He said, ‘I could look at her and tell she was just a little girl. Why would I want to touch her?’” Clincher recalled Beach telling her.

Even if any of it were true, she said, the girl said she said “no” and it didn’t happen, so no crime occurred.

Under the conditions of his release, Beach would not have to be convicted or even charged with a new crime for authorities to revoke his probation.

Potential sanctions could range from more stringent probation conditions or jail time, to a return to prison for Beach to serve out the remainder of his 100-year original sentence.

A final determination would be up to a judge.

Monday, August 1st 2016
Montana economy shrinks for second straight quarter
BILLINGS (AP) — The Montana economy has shrunk for the second straight quarter as oil and gas, timber, mining, agriculture and transportation all reported losses.

The Billings Gazette reports that according to a Bureau of Economic Analysis report issued this week, drops in industry pulled Montana’s gross domestic product into negative figures for the last three months of 2015 as well as the first quarter of 2016.

Bureau of Economic Analysis spokesman Thomas Dale says Montana was particularly affected by dips in transportation and mining.

In the final quarter of 2015, the state’s gross domestic product shrank 1 percent. It contracted 0.9 percent in the first three months of 2016.

According to the report, transportation declined as a result of slowing coal production. In Montana, coal is 71 percent of BNSF’s shipments.

Monday, August 1st 2016
Glasgow City Council To Consider Pet Ordinance And Water And Sewer Rate Increases At Monday Meeting
The Glasgow city Council will consider a new pet ordinance for city residents that will limit each residence to no more then 3 dogs or no more then 3 cats.

The City Council will vote on 2nd reading the new pet ordinance that is being proposed.

The City Council will also hold a public hearing on a proposed 2% increase on the base rates for water and sewer customers in the city.

The meeting begins at 5:30pm tonight.

Thursday, July 28th 2016
52-Year Old Glasgow Woman Charged With Distribution Of Dangerous Drugs
The Valley County Sheriff's Office arrested 52-year old Andrea Gardner on Wednesday and charged her with 4 counts of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs-prescription drugs.

Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 that Gardner was arrested at her residence in Glasgow at 520 8th Street North on Wednesday.

She was incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center and was expected to appear in front of Justice of the Peace on Thursday. Her charges are expected to be remanded to District Court where she will have to make an appearance in front of Judge John McKeon.

Sheriff Meier said the investigation was conducted by the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force along with the Valley County Sheriff's Office and the DEA.

Thursday, July 28th 2016
Update On Phillips County Deputy
A Phillips County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man during a confrontation Wednesday along U.S. Highway 191 southwest of Malta.

Early Wednesday morning, Phillips County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Guderjahn responded to a call about a suspicious male walking along U.S. 191 near mile marker 122, according to the Montana Department of Justice.

When confronted, the suspect attacked and stabbed Guderjahn multiple times. The deputy discharged his firearm, killing the suspect.

Dan O’Brien, deputy county attorney for Phillips County, said Guderjahn is a veteran law enforcement officer who has worked for the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 20 years. Guderjahn is in Great Falls for treatment and observation.

On Wednesday afternoon, Guderjahn’s status was listed as “good,” according to Benefis Health System spokeswoman Keri Garman. A “good” status means his vital signs are in normal range, he is conscious and comfortable and his outlook for recovery is good to excellence.

The Phillips County Sheriff’s Office has asked the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation to investigate the incident. The Montana Highway Patrol is also assisting with incident scene management.

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