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Wednesday, July 1st 2015
Relay Madness Begins
The first round of the Independence Bank Relay Madness officially kicks off on July 1st! This event sponsored by the Independence Bank branches in Glasgow, Malta, Scobey and Poplar features teams that are registered for the 2015 Northeast Montana Relay For Life in a competition to sell luminaria. Relay For Life participants and donors remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those battling the disease by dedicating luminaria bags. Luminaria bags are transformed and illuminated after dark at every local Relay For Life event. Each luminaria is personalized with a name, photo, message or drawing in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer. Each luminaria candle represents a person. They are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, coworkers, and so many others. Luminaria can be purchased for a $10 donation or $15 for a picture luminaria.

The first round of teams competing are: Team Farverfarms.com vs. Team Independence Bank with the winner moving on to face Team Deb. Team Equine Connection vs. Team Glasgow Albertsons with the winner moving on to face Team Scottie Cross Country. Team Crafter's Haven vs. Team United Transportation Union with the winner moving on to face Team Opheim Cares. The final match-up is Team Strides of Hope vs. Team Sheridan Electric with the winner moving on to face Team GHS Student Council. Round one will run from July 1st to noon on July 10th. Round two will run from July 11th to noon on July 20th, round three from July 21st to noon on July 28th; and the final will run from July 29th to August 7th. Prize money will be added to the team total of the top selling team each round. The top selling team will be announced at the 2015 Northeast Montana Relay For Life on August 14th.
Tuesday, June 30th 2015
Smoke Info From The National Weather Service
from Tanja Fransen
Acting Meteorologist in Charge/Warning Coordination Meteorologist
NOAA/National Weather Service Glasgow

1. The fire source region is in the Boreal Forest in Northern Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northwest Territories. There are multiple fires burning, with acreage as of yesterday at 148,000 acres or 231 square miles. http://www.ciffc.ca/firewire/current.php

2. Air quality at the two eastern Montana stations in Malta and near Sidney is "Hazardous" according to the sensors that MT DEQ has there. This is the first time in 14.5 years here that I have ever seen it at Hazardous. http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/

3. Visibilities have been as low as 3/4 of a mile at stations that have observing equipment. We are getting reports of a quarter mile in some places and off the web cams as well.

4. A cold front is going to be moving through today and winds will be fairly strong from the northwest. That will help much of the area have improvement. But, with that amount of fire to our north, we can shift back into a pattern that could bring the smoke back into the region.

5. Health precautions include staying inside an air conditioned building with windows closed. If you have to be outside, an N95 mask is recommended. Cloth masks or the ones you may use from the hardware store for painting are not going to help. If traveling, use the recirculate air option in your vehicle.

6. Smoke is being reported as far south as Oklahoma City and Little Rock, and as far east as into Minnesota and Illinois. The western extent has been into the Havre area with the southern extent in Montana down into Miles City.

Tuesday, June 30th 2015
FWP Reminds Boaters to Be Aware of AIS, and Be Safe This Holiday Weekend

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds folks recreating on Montana waters to continue to be aware of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), and to be safe and responsible this holiday weekend.

AIS roving inspection stations will continue to move around to various locations around the region. Also, inspection stations will be randomly set up at water-access points. All watercraft, including boats, canoes, kayaks, and jet skis, ARE REQUIRED to stop at the inspection stations as directed by the designated signs. Tickets can be issued for watercraft that do not stop. According to Glasgow area warden Todd Tryan, they are seeing many drive-bys. “If you see the AIS sign and you have some type of watercraft, regardless of your destination, you need to stop.”

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

The Eurasian watermilfoil plant has become established throughout Fort Peck Reservoir and the Dredge Cuts below Fort Peck Dam. According to Patricia Gilbert, Natural Resource Specialist for the Army Corp of Engineers on Fort Peck Reservoir, you can do your best to avoid spreading this invasive milfoil.

“Eurasian milfoil is found most commonly in less than nine feet of water in the Dredge Cuts, and in less than ten feet of water on Fort Peck Reservoir,” said Gilbert. “Basically, if you see it, avoid it. However, if you do come in contact with aquatic vegetation, make sure to inspect, clean, and dry your boat as soon as you get off of the water.”

FWP also reminds boaters to be safe this holiday weekend. Regarding personal floatation devices (PFDs): All children under 12 must wear a life jacket. Vessels less than 16 feet long (including canoes and kayaks) must have one life jacket for each person on board. Vessels 16 feet or longer must have one life jacket for each person on board, plus one Type IV (throwable) device. All persons towed by a boat; water skiers, wake boarders, knee boarders, tubers, etc, need to wear a PFD. All persons operating or riding a personal watercraft, such as a jet ski, must wear a PFD.

Please also be responsible in the operation of all watercraft. It is unlawful and dangerous to operate a motorboat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Follow all basic boating rules, such as observing all “no wake” and speed–limit signs, and respecting other boaters and non-boaters.

Lastly, owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get their free validation decals before launching their watercraft. The current validation decals are blue and are valid until February 28, 2017. You can obtain your boat validation decal online at http://fwp.mt.gov/recreation/permits/boatDecals.html or stop by your local FWP headquarters. In addition, for a copy of the 2015-2016 Montana Boating Laws, please stop by your local FWP headquarters for a free booklet.

Monday, June 29th 2015
4-Year Old Killed In Accidental Shooting In St. Marie
4-year old Summer Miller of St. Marie was killed in an accident involving a gun on Saturday in St. Marie.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier said the 4-year old girl was in her home Saturday morning when the accident occurred. Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 News that Miller was the only person involved in the incident.

Sheriff Meier said the death has been ruled accidental and the investigation is complete.

The Valley County Sheriff's Office was called to the St. Marie residence at 10am on Saturday.

Monday, June 29th 2015
FWP Removes Two Bighorn Sheep in Malta Area to Protect Breaks Herds
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks removed two young bighorn rams found commingling with domestic sheep last week. The bighorns were 28 miles south of Malta, well away from their normal habitat. The meat was donated to local families, and the horns will be used for educational purposes.

The two rams were found on private land along Beaver Creek in southern Phillips County. They were 22 miles from established populations in hunting district 622 in the Missouri River Breaks, and 25 miles from populations in the Little Rockies in hunting district 620. Neighbors alerted FWP about the rams after observing them in close proximity to domestic sheep, including within an enclosed pen. With landowner permission to access the property, FWP’s Malta area Wildlife Biologist Scott Thompson removed the bighorns on June 24.

“Bighorn sheep are managed pretty intensively,” said Thompson. “To keep a healthy population of bighorn sheep, more aggressive management may be used at times. Sometimes, that can mean removing bighorns that pose a health risk to the rest of the population.”

Pneumonia and other respiratory diseases in wild sheep are known to sometimes be transmitted by bacteria carried and tolerated by domestic sheep. There are currently no domestic sheep near established bighorn sheep populations in Region 6. “It is not out of the question for young rams to wander outside their typical habitat, as they did here, and come in contact with domestic sheep,” Thompson said. “This scenario is more likely when bighorn sheep populations are at higher levels, as is currently the case with some Missouri Breaks bighorn sheep herds.”

Last May, the Fish & Wildlife Commission approved a proposal to establish a "commingling management area" for the Missouri River Breaks population of bighorn sheep. That management action established boundaries to help prevent the possibility of commingling and disease transmission between wild and domestic sheep. The two bighorns removed last week were within the commingling management area, which encompasses land well outside of bighorn sheep habitat and in areas domestic sheep are known to occur. Wild sheep that wander into the exclusion zone can be removed by FWP to prevent the possibility of disease transmission from domestic herds back to existing wild bighorn populations.

Tissue samples were taken from the two rams, to test for respiratory diseases and determine overall health.

“Populations of bighorn sheep in our area are doing excellent,” said Thompson. “However, wild sheep have a high risk for major die-offs due to disease. Other bighorn populations across the state have had respiratory disease issues leading to die-offs of all age classes within the herd. We strive to keep our herds as healthy as we can to prevent this.”

Thompson noted that disease in bighorn sheep populations is a serious issue in other areas of the state. In the Tendoy Mountains near Lima, for instance, there are plans to remove the entire herd, and later restock it with healthy bighorns. Other recent bighorn sheep die offs resulted in the closure of hunting district 122 near Plains and hunting district 305 near Gardiner until the herds there recover.

“FWP appreciates when landowners, neighbors, and recreationist let us know when they see wild and domestic sheep in close proximity,” said Quentin Kujala, FWP Wildlife Management Section Chief in Helena. “Without early notice, this incidence may have gone undetected. The management area concept maintains wildlife populations along with different land uses and really needs everybody’s participation to succeed.”

FWP are asking for anyone who detects bighorn sheep and domestic sheep in close proximity to please contact their local biologist, warden, or regional headquarters.

Monday, June 29th 2015
Corps Releases Camping Info
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Fort Peck Project would like to welcome all the recreation visitors back for the 2015 summer season. We fully understand that camp site locations have become limited with increased use over the past few years, and are working hard to address this issue by reorganizing existing camping resources to expand overflow camping areas.
By reorganizing facilities, we have added sites at the following areas:
• Roundhouse Point – 8 camp sites.
• Flat Lake – 3 camp sites. Boat launch parking area has been expanded.
• Duck Creek – 4 camp sites. Group fire ring added at one site.
West End Shelters 2 and/or 3 are now available to reserve for Group Camping through http://www.recreation.gov. Included in the reservation is use of the vault toilet and shelter with grill.
• Shelter 2 costs $50/night, and is reservable up to 14 nights. There is limited space at Shelter 2 for no more than 5 campers and/or tents and 3 vehicles allowed. A minimum of 3 campers or tents must occupy this site under the reservation.
• Shelter 3 costs $75/night, and is reservable up to 14 nights. Eight designated sites with campfire rings and picnic tables are available. A minimum of 5 camp sites must be occupied under the reservation with no more than 16 vehicles and 100 people total allowed. Camping is allowed in the immediately mowed area.
With expanding opportunities, we need to remind users of the following rules and regulations governing camping at Corps Projects Nationwide:
• Within recreation areas, camping is permitted only at designated sites. Camping at one or more campsites in a recreation area for a period longer than 14 days during any 30-consecutive-day period is prohibited. Camp sites must be occupied daily.
• The placement of camping equipment or other items on a campsite for the purpose of reserving that campsite for future occupancy is prohibited.

Please remember that these recreation areas and facilities are available for all the public to enjoy. Everyone has a right to access unoccupied campsites on a first-come, first-serve basis, unless specifically reserved. Items, including vehicles or campers left at sites unattended are subject to removal and impoundment at the owner’s expense.

Copies of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rules and Regulations (Title 36) are available at the Administration building at Fort Peck. Questions regarding camping information or other recreation opportunities may be directed to the Natural Resources Staff at 406/526-3411.

Monday, June 29th 2015
New Fire Rings Added At Fort Peck Recreation Area
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Fort Peck Project would like to welcome all the recreation visitors back for the 2015 summer season. In reorganizing our camping resources, we have added several campsites with firerings at many locations in the Fort Peck Recreation Area.

With expanding opportunities, we need to remind users of the following rules and regulations governing fires at Corps Projects Nationwide:
• Fires shall be contained within fireplaces, grills, firerings, or other facilities designated for this purpose.
• Fires shall not be left unattended and must be completely extinguished before departure.
• The burning of materials that produce toxic fumes, including but not limited to: tires, plastic, floatation materials, and treated wood is prohibited.
• Nails and screws left inside and around firerings are a safety concern for future visitors at the site, as well as staff. Burning of pallets, construction debris or other materials with nails, screws, or hardware is prohibited.

Please remember that these recreation areas and facilities are available for all the public to enjoy. Areas burned outside of firerings are an eyesore and burning outside of firerings have the potential of starting a wildlife. Individuals inadvertently starting wildfires are subject to restitution for all expenses related to controlling the wildfire. Violators of the rules are subject to citation and fines.

Copies of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rules and Regulations (Title 36) are available at the Administration building at Fort Peck. Questions regarding camping information or other recreation opportunities may be directed to the Natural Resources Staff at 406/526-3411.

Monday, June 29th 2015
Reminder: Fireworks Prohibited on CMR
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Fort Peck Project and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge would like to welcome all the recreation visitors for the Fourth of July Holiday. It is an exciting time to celebrate the birth of our nation, and we all look forward to the long weekend to relax and spend time with our families and friends.

Fireworks are a traditional way to celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday; we need to remind users of the following rules and regulations governing fireworks at Corps Projects and National Wildlife Refuges Nationwide:

• Possession of explosives or igniting explosive devices of any kind, including fireworks or other pyrotechnics, is prohibited.

Please remember that these recreation areas and facilities are available for all the public to enjoy. Fireworks are an explicit danger to the surrounding public, wildlife, and habitat. Visitors and landowners within the Fort Peck Cabin Sites utilizing fireworks are subject to fines and other penalties. Individuals inadvertently starting wildfires are subject to restitution for all expenses related to controlling the wildfire.

Copies of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rules and Regulations (Title 36) are available at the Administration building at Fort Peck. Questions regarding camping information or other recreation opportunities may be directed to the Natural Resources Staff at 406/526-3411.

Monday, June 29th 2015
Off Road Info From U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Fort Peck Project and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge would like to welcome all the recreation and hunting visitors utilizing the area. We all enjoy the remoteness and ruggedness of the area. One reasons for the remoteness is the limited road network on the Refuge and Project. We want to remind users of the following rules and regulations governing vehicle use (including OHV, ATV’s, Motorcycles, and Passenger Vehicles) at Corps Projects and National Wildlife Refuges Nationwide:

• The operation and/or parking of a vehicle off authorized roadways (numbered roads) is prohibited.
• Taking any vehicle through, around or beyond a restrictive sign, recognizable barricade, fence, or traffic control barrier is prohibited.

We fully understand the roads can become impassable during and after inclement weather; however, this is not an excuse to drive around impassable areas. Furthermore, creating personal access points because it is easy or close is not an excuse to drive off numbered roads. Use of vehicles off designated roads causes damage to vegetation, spreads invasive species, and causes erosion. Vehicles driven in tall, dry vegetation can ignite the vegetation by way of their exhaust systems. Please remember that these recreation areas and facilities are available for all the public to enjoy; and many people do not enjoy seeing tire tracks or damages to vegetation resulting from off road travel. Visitors and easement holders driving any vehicle off numbered roads are subject to fines and other penalties. Individuals inadvertently starting wildfires are subject to restitution for all expenses related to controlling the wildfire.

Copies of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rules and Regulations (Title 36) are available at the Administration building at Fort Peck. Questions regarding camping information or other recreation opportunities may be directed to the Natural Resources Staff at 406/526-3411.

Copies of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rules and Regulations (50CFR) are available at Field Offices in Fort Peck, Jordan, Sand Creek, or Lewistown. Questions regarding public use on Refuge Lands may be directed to the Lewistown Office at 406/538-8706

Monday, June 29th 2015
Williston Continues To Grow Despite Downturn In Oil Industry
A downturn in the oil industry isn't having much of an effect on construction in the North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston.

The value of private enterprise building permits issued through March is $26.5 million. And there are numerous publicly funded projects under way or in the works.

They include a $50 million high school, $122 million in city and county road improvements, a $162 million state-funded truck bypass project, and a $250 million airport relocation.

Local Job Service office manager Cindy Sanford says construction jobs are taking the edge off oil job losses. Williston Economic Development Director Shawn Wenko says Williston continues to grow, and he doesn't expect a slowdown anytime soon.

Thursday, June 25th 2015
Officials Identify 19-Year-Old Man Killed In Rollover Crash
(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Roosevelt County have released the name of a 19-year-old man who died in a rollover crash southwest of Brockton.

The coroner's office tells The Billings Gazette that Joseph Ryan Hanson of Culbertson died in the crash on BIA Route 1 on Sunday morning.

The Montana Highway Patrol says Hanson was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling eastbound when it went into the ditch on the left side of the road. The driver overcorrected and the vehicle went into the ditch on the right-hand side of the road and rolled several times.

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

Thursday, June 25th 2015
Montana Arts Council Grants Awarded To 44 Arts Organizations Across The State
The Montana Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Public Value Partnerships Grant Awards. Forty-four arts organizations representing every region of the state were awarded four-year grants for operating funds from the Montana Arts Council through this program designed to support the educational mission of Montana non-profit arts organizations.

Public Value Partnerships between Montana non-profit arts organizations and the Montana Arts Council champion the fact that the arts are of benefit to all the citizens of Montana and are worthy of state and federal investment. Public value is defined as making a positive difference to the individual and collective lives of the citizens of Montana through the arts.

Public Value Partnerships utilize three tools to expand the public value of the significant work being done by Montana’s non-profit arts organizations. Participating arts organizations build relationships with individuals and organizations in their communities in order to build greater participation in the arts. They also work to create greater relevance and connection between their programs and their participants or constituents. Finally, arts organizations develop return on investment, both in terms of personal significance to individuals and by building economic vitality for their community and the state.

The program funds general operating costs to support arts organizations with strong operations - including stable management, ongoing assessment and evaluation and high artistic quality for the communities being served. This cycle of 44 grants brings nine new organizations into Public Value Partnership with the Montana Arts Council and the state of Montana.

A five–member panel convened June 4, 2015 to evaluate the recipients from this cycle of applicants. Final funding decisions were made by the full Montana Arts Council at their June 6 meeting in Helena.

Funded Organizations and Award Amounts

Headquarters Organization Award

Bigfork Bigfork Playhouse Children's Theatre $2,620
Billings Yellowstone Art Museum $10,000
Billings Billings Symphony Society $10,000
Billings Western Heritage Center $5,340
Billings Alberta Bair Theater $10,000
Bozeman Montana Shakespeare in the Parks $10,000
Bozeman Montana Ballet Company $2,410
Bozeman Verge Theater $2,000
Bozeman Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture $6,640
Bozeman Intermountain Opera Association $4,540
Butte Butte Symphony Association $2,000
Conrad Pondera Arts Council $2,000
Darby Irwin & Florence Rosten Foundation $2,340
Dillon Art Mobile of Montana $2,000
Dillon Southwest Montana Arts Council $2,000
Eureka Sunburst Foundation $2,000
Fort Peck Fort Peck Fine Arts Council, Inc. $5,220
Great Falls Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art $7,110
Great Falls Russell Museum $10,000
Great Falls Great Falls Symphony $8,700
Hamilton Bitterroot Performing Arts Council $2,270
Helena Helena Symphony $9,260
Helena Archie Bray Foundation $10,000
Helena Grandstreet Broadwater Productions, Inc. $7,630
Helena Helena Presents/Myrna Loy Center $6,260
Kalispell Hockaday Museum of Art $4,000
Kalispell Glacier Symphony and Chorale $8,090
Miles City WaterWorks Art Museum $2,010
Missoula MCT, Inc. $10,000
Missoula Missoula Writing Collaborative $3,170
Missoula Missoula Art Museum $10,000
Missoula Clay Studio of Missoula $2,000
Missoula Missoula Cultural Council $2,250
Missoula CoMotion Dance Project $2,000
Missoula Montana Repertory Theatre $8,340
Missoula Montana Museum of Art & Culture $4,260
Missoula Zootown Arts Community Center $2,000
Missoula Living Art of Montana $2,000
Red Lodge Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery $2,300
Seeley Lake Alpine Artisans, Inc. $2,000
Whitefish Alpine Theatre Project, Inc. $9,510
Whitefish North Valley Music School $3,130
Whitefish Stumptown Art Studio $2,520
Whitefish Whitefish Theatre Company $4,400
Thursday, June 25th 2015
Montana Governor's Cup Fills At 200 Teams
The 28th Annual Montana Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament is now full with 200 two-person teams competing for nearly $100,000 in cash and prizes.

The tourney is set for Fort Peck Lake on July 9th, 10th and 11th. With a 100% payback on all entry fees, day money and big fish contests, this year’s tournament will be the biggest in history.

The winning team will take home a $15,000 first place prize making the Governor’s Cup the most lucrative walleye tournament in Montana.

It’s been since 2002 that the Governor’s Cup has reached the limit of 200 teams. There was a stretch from 1998-2002 that the tournament was filled at the 200 maximum amount of teams.
The tourney hit hard times and entries fell as low as 70 in 2007 but has been rebounding in recent years. Last year’s tourney had 142 teams entered.

A waiting list is being comprised by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture for this year’s tourney. If you are interested in being on the waiting list you need to contact the Glasgow Chamber at 406-228-2222 or by email at chamber@nemont.net. A deposit of $150 is required to be put on the waiting list for the Governor’s Cup.

The tourney starts on Thursday, July 9th with a rules meeting and the actual tourney fishing is set for July 10th and 11th based out of the Fort Peck Marina.

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015
First Community Bank Launches New Project To Help Local Business
Sam Waters, president of First Community Bank in Glasgow, recently launched the Pride in Our Community Project to help local businesses improve storefronts and enhance the appearance of the community.

First Community Bank launched the program as an incentive for business owners in the Glasgow and the surrounding area to give their businesses a face lift and to spark outdoor improvements. The bank is offering unsecured loans of up to $5,000 with zero percent interest, no fees and a flexible, four-year payment schedule. The bank is dedicating $100,000 to fund the program, Waters said. “The founders of this bank started it to help people build a community on the frontier. Today we continue to work hard in promoting and improving our community.”

Officials said the project will let local businesses work on improvements -- like landscaping or renovations -- to increase the appeal of the area visible to customers, neighboring merchants, residents and tourists. The hope for the program is to help leverage private improvements and make revitalization affordable.

Interested business owners may stop by the Glasgow or Hinsdale office of First Community Bank, the City of Glasgow office or the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce office for a simple one page application. Additionally, applications are available via email at fcbg@fcbank.net or by phone at 228-8231.

First Community Bank is locally owned and operated. It has served Montana communities since 1891. Branches are located in Glasgow, Hinsdale, Culbertson, Froid, Wolf Point, Ashland, Three Forks and Helena. First Community has over 85 employees providing a full range of financial services with pride, knowledge, experience and friendliness.

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015
Longest Dam Race Wrap-up
The 21st Annual Longest Dam Race was held June 20, 2015 at Fort Peck Dam, Fort Peck MT.

A beautiful green, sun-filled morning at Kiwanis Park was the atmosphere for a record breaking 443 individuals who participated in the five events.

The youngest participants were three year olds and the oldest was 84. All 21 participants from the Milk River Activity Center completed the one mile walk.

The 443 participants represented 11 states including Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Washington, and Wyoming, plus the province of Saskatchewan.

195 of the 443 were from Glasgow and the surrounding area.

The races offered something for everyone. The day began with the 10k run across the Dam and ended with the one mile walk/run on the Nature Trail at Kiwanis Park. A record breaking 46 runners participated in the 10k.

Twenty five individuals participated in the 10 mile bike route on Hwy #117. The number race participants were up from 412 in 2014 to 443 for this year. Prizes provided by Big Valley Water and medals were given to the top two finishers in each age group and overall race prizes in each category. The races were assisted by FMDH EMT’s, McCone & Valley County Sheriff’s, the Montana Highway Patrol, Rock Solid Youth/Assembly of God Church, Glasgow Recreation Department, MDT, and dozens of volunteers.

The 2015 Longest Dam Race T-shirt was designed by Allison Neumiller of Glasgow. The first 75 entries received a free ticket for the Saturday June 20th performance of One Man Two Guvnors at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre.
The Longest Dam Race is sponsored by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture. The 2016 Longest Dam Race will be held Saturday June 18th, 2016. For more information call 406-228-2222 or http://www.glasgowchamber.net.

Monday, June 22nd 2015
Nashua And Opheim Continue Agreements For Valley County To Provide Law Enforcement Services
Mayors in Nashua and Opheim have both signed agreements which provide for the Valley County Sheriff's Office to provide law enforcement coverage to the municipalities.

The Valley County Sheriff's Office will provide 832 hours of general law enforcement services per year at a cost of $20,550 for the Town of Nashua.

In the Town of Opheim, the VCSO will provide 624 hours of law enforcement coverage at a cost of $15,336.

Monday, June 22nd 2015
Valley County Unemployment Rate Falls To Just 2.3%
Montana’s unemployment rate declined to 3.9 percent in May, down 0.1 percentage points from April. Employment levels in Montana are now over the half million threshold for the first time ever. The U.S. unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 5.5 percent. New data from the Montana Department of Labor & Industry also showed that the state’s average annual wage increased to $38,875 in 2014, a 3.5% increase over last year.

“Montana added roughly 1,500 more jobs last month,” Governor Steve Bullock said. “Our strong growth and low unemployment are driving up wages, meaning more Montanans are working and putting more money in their pockets on payday.”

“Strong employment growth in the first five months of 2015 has pushed Montana’s employment level to more than half a million jobs,” said Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy. “The Montana Department of Labor and Industry is committed to identifying and training more Montana workers to increase this number even further.”

Montana’s total employment levels continued to grow, increasing by 1,469 jobs in May, for a total of 11,989 jobs added over the last twelve months and total employment of 504,195. Total employment estimates include payroll employment, plus agricultural and self-employed workers. Payroll employment did not increase over the month, but posted a larger than average gain of 1,900 jobs in April.

Annual wage data for 2014 is now available, indicating that the average annual wage in Montana increased 3.5 percent last year to $38,875. Inflation in 2014 was only 1.6 percent, meaning that Montana workers experienced real wage growth above the rate of inflation.

The unemployment rate in Valley County fell to just 2.3% which is the lowest unemployment rate since before 1990. There is a labor force in Valley County of 4,464 which is an increase of 136 over this time last year.

Thursday, June 18th 2015
Gov. Bullock Encourages Montanans To Take Advantage Of Father's Day Free-fishing Weekend
Whether you cast a fly or bait a hook everyone can fish for free Saturday and Sunday as Montana invites friends and family statewide to kick back in celebration of Father's Day weekend, June 20-21.

"While many Montana anglers want to keep their favorite fishing hole a secret, one thing that isn’t a secret is that our state is home to some of the best rivers, lakes, and streams for fishing in the world," said Gov. Steve Bullock . "I encourage Montanans to take advantage of this free fishing weekend, and maybe even show off their secret fishing spot to a child or grandchild."

Bullock said there's no better way to enjoy Montana than to plan for a day of fishing with friends and family.

"Over Father's Day weekend everyone in Montana can fish for free—and without a license—just remember that everyone must follow all of Montana's other fishing regulations," Bullock said.

As Montana fishing soothes mind, body and soul, fishing recreation also provides jobs and spurs the state's economy. Each year about 230,000 residents and 160,000 nonresidents purchase a Montana fishing license. Montana anglers spend more than $900 million annually for things like equipment for the trip, transportation, food, beverages, lodging, guide fees and other expenses.

Montana's most popular fishing waters include the Madison, Bighorn, Missouri, Bitterroot and Gallatin rivers; and Canyon Ferry, Flathead, Georgetown, Hauser, and Fort Peck lakes.

The state's "fish for free" weekend was established in 2011 as the state's Father's Day gift to dads everywhere.

Bullock said he encourages everyone to have a fun time but also urged all to check conditions first and to always keep safety a top concern.

For water and boating safety tips, check the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; click "Recreation," then choose "Stay Safe Outdoors."

The free fishing promotion is set Saturday and Sunday over Father's Day weekend, June 20-21.

Thursday, June 18th 2015
Valley County Commissioners Vote To Remove Fair Commission Member
The Valley County Commissioners in a unanimous vote on Wednesday voted to remove Gene Hartsock as a member of the Valley County Fair Commission.

The Commissioners had received a letter from the Fair Commission stating that they had voted unanimously to remove Hartsock from the commission and they requested the Valley County Commission do the same.

The letter stated the Fair Commission had met on June 8th and on the agenda was an item to discuss the behavior of Gene Hartsock as a member of the Fair Commission. The commission developed a list of items that the commission felt was out of line and needed to be addressed in relation to Gene Hartsocks behavior. The items:

1. Foul language used during meetings
2. Threats toward others
3. Rude remarks to board members and public
4. 4. Budget/Spending- spending over budget amounts
5. Addressing all matters with the board prior to starting a project or telling someone what can and can’t be done
6. In general having respect for other board members.

Several Fair Commission members were present and spoke of Hartsocks’ behavior at commission meetings and stated he used foul language and threatened others at meetings. Most commission members commended the work that Hartsock had done on the grounds of the fairgrounds and said most of their complaints had to do with his behavior at meetings.

Hartsock spoke for himself at the meetings and said the allegations are without merit. He told the Valley County Commissioners that on the issue of respecting others that you don’t demand respect, you earn it.

Hartsock had supporters in the crowd. Roubie Younkin and Shelly Mills, representing Valley County 4-H, said that the fairgrounds are in great shape because of Gene Hartsock and all the work that he has done. Roubie Youknin stated that she believed the whole Fair Commission needed an overhaul in respect to attitude and not just Gene Hartsock.

After a lengthy discussion, and very little comment from the Valley County Commissioners, the Valley County Commissioners voted 3-0 to remove Hartsock from the Fair Commission.
Hartsock had been appointed to the Fair Commission in 2014.

Tuesday, June 16th 2015
Aquatic Invasive Species Inspections Continue at Fort Peck Reservoir and Surrounding Waters
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is continuing to conduct Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) inspections on Fort Peck Reservoir and other waters across Northeastern Montana, as we move into the summer season.

AIS roving inspection stations will move around to various locations around the region. In addition, the border-check station at Culbertson is up and running at the Department of Transportation weigh station. All watercraft, including boats, canoes, kayaks, and jet skis, ARE REQUIRED to stop at the inspection stations as directed by the designated signs. Tickets can be issued for watercraft that do not stop.

Also, Inspection stations will be randomly set up at water-access points across region. The focus of these efforts are to assist boaters with self inspection procedures and educate them about the importance of cleaning watercraft, checking live wells, and to ensure that any watercraft moving to another water body is completely clean and dry of AIS.

“The most important part of this effort is education,” says Region 6 Warden Captain Mike Herman. “We want all watercraft users to take it upon themselves to be concerned about the quality of their waters, and to do their part to stop the spread of invasive species. It only takes a few minutes to ensure that your boat is clean and dry, every time you leave the water.”

In addition, AIS inspectors will be educating anglers on legal bait use. No live minnows can be brought in from out of state. If leeches are brought in from out of state, a receipt is needed to verify that the leeches came from an approved, disease free source.

Aquatic Invasive Species, such as the Eurasian watermilfoil plant, have become established throughout Fort Peck Reservoir and the Dredge Cuts below Fort Peck Dam. AIS efforts are in place to reduce the risk of spreading this to other Montana waters. Zebra and quagga mussels and the New Zealand Mudsnails have not been discovered in the Fort Peck area, but New Zealand Mudsnails have been found in Montana.

The recreating public is asked to help prevent the movement of all AIS by ensuring that watercraft and trailers are clean and dry when they leave the reservoir and other areas. If you have any questions, please call the Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow at 406-228-3700. Remember: INSPECT. CLEAN. DRY.

Tuesday, June 16th 2015
Glasgow City Council Votes Down Proposed Pet Ordinance
The Glasgow City Council considered a proposed ordinance on Monday that would of allowed each household in Glasgow to only have 3 cats or dogs in their residence.

The proposed ordinance was tabled by the City Council after several members of the public voiced concern over the limits of pets per household. There was also concern over homes in Glasgow that currently house rescued dogs and cats. There is currently one house that holds rescued dogs and another that houses rescued cats. This issue wasn't addressed in the ordinance.

After much discussion the City Council tabled the ordinance and agreed to revisit the issue with input from the public. The pet ordinance had passed the City Council earlier this month.

Tuesday, June 16th 2015
FWP Region 6 Mule Deer & Whitetail Deer Aerial Survey Findings Released
Photo: Mule deer, photographed by FWP technician Ken Plourde

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists have completed their 2015 winter and spring aerial surveys of deer populations across Region 6 in northeastern Montana. The surveys indicate a continuing increase in numbers for mule deer, and mostly unchanging populations of whitetail deer across the region.
Mule deer
For mule deer, 11 trend areas in Region 6 are typically examined each year from the air. The winter “post-season survey” was completed in January, and the “spring survey” was completed in late March and April. While total deer counts tend to be variable, FWP Biologist Scott Thompson of Malta said the 2015 surveys indicate mule deer are above average. “The trend still shows an ongoing, gradual recovery across the region since the high winter mortality in 2010-2011,” Thompson said.
The post-hunting-season surveys showed the region-wide mule deer population at 20 percent above average, and 50 percent above the 2014 surveys. The spring surveys showed region-wide populations at 13 percent above average, and 28 percent above the 2014 survey.
While regional numbers indicate above average mule deer levels overall, differences are seen across the region and in isolated areas as well. According to Thompson, mule deer trend area numbers in the eastern half of the region (Glasgow area and east) are at or above the average. The western half of the region (Malta and Havre area), however, is at or below average. This same trend was seen in the deer fawn-to-adult ratios that are also conducted during the spring survey.

“Fawn to adult ratio is an indicator of over-winter survival as well as new recruitment into the population,” Thompson said. “The 2015 survey showed 55 fawns to 100 adults across the region, which is slightly above the average of 53 fawns to 100 adults. The eastern half of Region 6 saw the higher number of fawns to adults, with 63 fawns to 100 adults, while the western half was at 42 fawns to 100 adults, indicating a slower-growing mule deer population.”

“Figures taken from our deer surveys are only one factor in deer management recommendations,” Thompson further explained. “Season-setting and quota-setting decisions made by the Fish & Wildlife Commission also consider prior year’s harvest, weather and habitat factors, as well as additional input gathered from landowners, hunters, the general public and other agencies.”

Another pressing factor in managing deer populations is the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD) that is moving further south in Alberta and Saskatchewan toward the Montana border. Last winter, FWP initiated a mule deer telemetry study north of Chinook in Hunting District 600 to gather data on the movement of deer between the U.S. and Canada.

For 2015, most Region 6 hunting districts will be managed under the standard regulation for mule deer, which includes either-sex for a general deer license (A-tag), but no additional doe/B-licenses. “The exception to this are hunting districts that were trailing behind in mule deer recovery, according to our surveys,” Thompson said. “These include hunting districts 600, 611, 621, and 622, which will remain as a mule deer buck only for a general deer license, with no doe licenses.” In 2014, all of Montana, including Region 6, restricted mule deer hunting to bucks only.

Whitetail deer

In regards to whitetails, Thompson said surveys have been completed in six areas across Region 6. Due to more uniform habitat, the whitetail surveys tend to look at deer density, as opposed to total numbers, for trends. This year’s surveys show that whitetail populations are approximately 47 percent below average, which is an average of six deer per square mile in the trend areas. This is nearly the same as the 2014 survey. “Densities in the eastern section of the region are 41 percent below average, while the western portion of the region is 46 percent below the average,” Thompson said.

A large peak in the Region 6 whitetail population was observed between 2008 and 2010, when numbers were observed to be 25 percent above the average. At the time, whitetail densities were as high as 40 – 50 deer per square mile in some areas. “This was an unsustainable level that was causing problems for landowners and also degrading habitat conditions,” Thompson said. “EHD outbreaks and other factors trimmed those numbers back considerably. Nearly all of the Milk River and Missouri River bottoms have experienced at least one, if not two, EHD die-offs in the last three years.” According to past records, current levels of whitetail are similar to what was experienced in the late 1980s.

With whitetail numbers still relatively low, and in accordance with recent Fish and Wildlife Commission rule-setting, no antlerless “B” licenses will be available to hunters anywhere in Region 6 this fall. All whitetail hunting in Region 6 will continue to be either-sex on a general deer license.

Monday, June 15th 2015
Summer Sailing Event Is Saturday June 20th
FORT PECK LAKE SAILING CLUB PARTICIPATES IN GLOBAL SAILING EVENT ON JUNE 20th 2015

FORT PECK LAKE SAILORS are participating in annual celebration to increase awareness of sailing.

Fort Peck Montana – As part of the 15th annual worldwide Summer Sailstice the Fort Peck Lake Sailing Club will join sailors around the world with sailing event as part of this global celebration of sailing. We’ll be joining ‘together’ with sailors everywhere who will be sailing on the weekend of June 20th, the weekend closest to the summer solstice. The Fort Peck Lake Sailing Club will celebrate by hosting a fun afternoon of free sailing at the Fort Peck Marina, by inviting current or prospective sailors down to their docks to get on the water under sail or to contribute by demonstrating the best of the sailing world.

The Summer Sailstice sailing holiday invites all sailors to join together by hoisting their sails wherever they are, aboard whatever they sail and showcasing to the world the “who, what, where, why and how” of sailing. While just one weekend in the life of sailing, Summer Sailstice is the only time all sailors and the vast variety of sailing styles can all sail and celebrate ‘together’. 2014 saw the largest Summer Sailstice celebration yet with sailors in all 50 US states and over 40 countries participating.

SUMMER SAILSTICE EVENT DETAILS
Who: Sailors and non-sailors worldwide
When: June 20, 2015
Where: Fort Peck Marina (where there’s wind, water and sails)
How: Come to the Marina for Free Sailboat rides and information on Fort Peck Lake Sailing Club
DON’T FORGET—AUGUST 15-16 2015
2ND ANNUAL FORT PECK LAKE SAILING REGATTA
To learn more about Worldwide Summer Sailstice, visit www.summersailstice.com.

About Summer Sailstice
Summer Sailstice is the global sailing holiday celebrated on the weekend closest to the summer solstice. This international event was founded in 2001 to connect the global sailing community in a fun, creative, multifaceted, multi-location sailing celebration. Every year, Summer Sailstice connects more than 19,000 sailors all over the world—cruisers, racers and recreational—to celebrate and showcase life under sail. The event has expanded to include participants from Asia, across the Americas and Europe. Visit www.SummerSailstice.com or contact john@summersailstice.com.

Thursday, June 11th 2015
MDT proposes a major rehabilitation project for MT 24 in Valley County
Fort Peck - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to rehabilitate about 14 miles of MT 24, west of Fort Peck and south of Glasgow within Valley County. The project begins at reference post 59.6 and extends northwest for 13.8 miles ending at reference post 73.3.

Proposed work includes rehabilitating the existing pavement, new plant mix surfacing, installing rumble strips and finishing with a seal & cover (chip seal), upgraded pavement marking, signage and guardrail.

A target construction date will be determined upon completion of design activities and as funding becomes available.

No new Right-of-Way or utility relocations will be needed.

For more information, please contact Glendive District Administrator Shane Mintz at (406) 345-8212 or Project Design Engineer Kevin Gilbert at (406) 444 6230. For the hearing impaired, the TTY number is (406) 444 7696 or 1-800-335-7592, or call the Montana Relay at 711. Members of the public may submit written comments to the Montana Department of Transportation Glendive office at PO Box 890, Glendive MT 59330-0890, or online at

Wednesday, June 10th 2015
Hunters Charged with Hunting Without Licenses and Unlawful Possession of Buck in Roosevelt County
A group of hunters from Texas, Michigan and Montana were charged for several crimes in Roosevelt County, including hunting without licenses and possessing and transporting an unlawfully killed mule deer buck. The incident took place in 2009.

The men were hunting on Block Management land along Big Muddy Creek in Roosevelt County when
they fired upon a mule deer buck. Two of the men involved in shooting at the deer did not have licenses, including the man who initially wounded it.

Walter Pawlowski (53) of Bellville, Texas, was charged with hunting without a valid license. Pawlowski
agreed to a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Roosevelt County Attorney’s office before Justice of the Peace Penny Hendrickson, for hunting and wounding a mule deer buck without a license. As part of the deferred prosecution agreement, Pawlowski was assessed $500 in restitution and must be law-abiding for 6 months.

Michael Alber (47) of Wyoming, Michigan, was charged with hunting without a valid license and fined $535. Alber was also given a written warning for possessing and transporting an unlawfully killed mule deer buck.

Three other men in the group, two from Texas and one from Montana, were given written warnings for possessing and transporting an unlawfully killed mule deer buck.

This case also involved teamwork and collaboration with other state agencies. According to Lennie Buhmann, the FWP investigator involved with the case, “We wouldn’t have been able to conclude the case and complete a successful investigation without the assistance from five Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens in the Houston area.”

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

Wednesday, June 10th 2015
Glasgow Girl Among Miss Montana Outstanding Teen Contestants
GLENDIVE -Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen contestants started and ended Tuesday with rehearsals for the Scholarship Pageant June 11-12 at the DCHS auditorium in Glendive. In between they had a photo shoot in Makoshika State Park with Bohle Images of Plevna, enjoyed a pulled pork luncheon served by the Glendive Lions Club at their A-frame in the park with a panoramic view of the badlands. The Miss and Teen contestants were inspired by entrepreneurs Laura Gluekert and Myrna Qualey, owners of The Enchanted Room and Enchanted Living, who shared the trials and joys of owning your own business. The Enchanted Room is rated one of the best ten quilt shops in the USA over a 15-year period.

Then it was back to rehearsals followed by a five-course etiquette dinner at the Yellowstone River Inn, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Glendive, with etiquette advice from Lisa and A ‘Lynn Shields. The evening ended at 11 after dress rehearsal. Wednesday they each will meet their little princess, a six-year-old who will greet them onstage with a flower.
It‘s a full week of activities in Glendive for the 14 Miss Montana and eight Outstanding Teen contestants. Contestants are treated like royalty during the week as local organizations and restaurants prepare meals for the contestants and local families host them and volunteer drivers escort them. The Chamber of Commerce sponsors a “Show us Your Shoes” parade Friday at 1PM followed by an ice cream social with Wilcoxson’s ice cream donated by Cross Petroleum. The contestants also perform community service during their busy week and each have a little princess to greet them on stage.

Contestants compete June 11, 12 and 13 at 7PM at the DCHS Auditorium for scholarships with each Miss Montana contestant receiving at least $850 and a chance to represent Montana at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. Montana’s chosen teen advances to the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando in August.

Miss Montana contestants, age 17-24, are Toby-Jeanne Almy of Miles City; Olivia Dowler of Bozeman; Justiss Firemoon of Poplar, Paige Kauffman, Glendive; Karalie Mangus of Missoula; Deborah Lawson, Forsyth; Mary Kaercher of Havre; Savanah Leidholt of Miles City; Taylor McDermott of Forsyth; Katie Rehbein of Missoula; Katherine Sizemore, Billings; Danielle Wineman of Cut Bank; Toriana Zander, Glendive and Hailey Zinne of Rygate.

Miss Montana’s Outstanding Teen Contestants (age 13-17) are Autumn Gault of Glasgow, Emily Kuehn, Glendive; Taylor McDermott, Forsyth; Madison Paige Murray, Corvallis; Abby Hill, Glendive; Quinn Motichka, Polson; Chandra Schwarzbach, Big Sandy; Katee Orr, Missoula; Vanesa Van Vleet of Wibaux

The crowning of Montana's Outstanding Teen is Friday night and Miss Montana on Saturday evening. Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Olivia McMillan of Georgia will perform all three nights and at the Royal Tea Saturday at 1 at the EPEC. Tickets are available at http://www.missmontana.com and at the door as contestants vie for $300,000 in cash and scholarships.

Wednesday, June 10th 2015
Pioneer Museum Open House Is Sunday
The Friends Of The Pioneer Museum will be hosting an open house at the museum this Sunday, June 14th from 1 - 5 p.m.

They'll be serving refreshments, and showing the new gift shop.

Everyone is invited to view the many exhibits that house the heritage of northeast Montana.

Tuesday, June 9th 2015
Landowners on reservations get government buyback offers
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. government has made offers worth more than $230 million to nearly 12,000 landowners on the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap reservations to buy fractionated parcels of land and turn them over to tribal governments.

The nationwide land buyback program is the second phase of a $3.4 billion class-action lawsuit settlement over the mismanagement of royalties held in trust for Indian landowners by the government.

The program aims to buy land parcels owned by multiple individuals — sometimes hundreds or thousands of people — and turn them over to tribal governments.

Department of Interior officials said Monday they were expanding the effort to include properties with buildings, homes and other structures.

Fort Peck landowners have until July 18 to accept offers. Fort Belknap landowners have until July 30.

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

Tuesday, June 9th 2015
FWP “Kids to Fish” Program Allows Youths to Borrow Gear & Tackle for Free
Pictured: Gene Moore, from the Lakeridge Motel and Tackle Shop in Fort Peck, is shown with FWP Region 6 staff Marc Kloker and summer intern Randy Hopkins. The Lakeridge is one location where poles and tackle are available. Photo taken by James Walling of the Glasgow Courier.
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A popular Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 program that allows children and their families to check out free fishing rods and tackle is in full swing again this year.

Just in time for summer fishing, FWP staff is in the process of restocking the 49 (and counting) different location sites across Montana’s Hi-Line. The “Kids to Fish” program lets youngsters check out fishing rods and reels and basic tackle, such as hooks, bobbers, and sinkers. Typically, eight rods are at each location, and a tackle box is available to borrow/use the available tackle.

Nationally known rod and reel manufacturers and tackle retailers, D & G Sports & Western in Glasgow, and Stromberg’s Sinclair and the North 40 Outfitters store in Havre give FWP substantial discounts that help keep the program sustainable.

FWP Region 6 Information and Education intern Randy Hopkins, a senior at Montana State University in Bozeman, has been busy maintaining the gear and helping resupply the sites this month. “Just because someone doesn’t have a fishing rod doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to go fishing,” Randy said. “Whether it’s a cousin in town that wants to go fishing, or just an extra pole is needed for catfishing on the Milk River, we want as many kids as possible to be able to go out and fish.”
“The many business owners and other folks who participate in the program deserve special thanks,” adds Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager. “They’re helping a lot of kids have fun on the water this summer.”
The sturdy loaner rods come already rigged with bobbers, split-shot and hooks. Youngsters are required to sign out the equipment at the site and return it in good working order within a reasonable amount of time. Please remember that these rods are to be BROUGHT BACK to the loaner location, even if damaged. If poles are continually lost or stolen, the program will need to make the necessary changes and location sites may be removed.
More than 400 fishing rods are available to be checked out from the outlets by individuals, families, organizations, church groups and schools. If you have any questions about the program, or are interested in having poles available at other locations in your community, please contact Kloker at 406-228-3704.
Fishing rods and tackle are currently available to check out at these locations:
BAINVILLE
Bainville School
BIG SANDY
The Grocery Store
BOX ELDER
Jitter Bugs store
BROCKTON
B & S Quick Stop
CHINOOK
Finley’s Food Farm
CIRCLE
Circle Country Market
CULBERTSON
Culbertson Public Library
DODSON
Al’s Town & Country Store
FLAXVILLE
Grain Growers Oil Company
FORT BELKNAP AGENCY
Kwik Stop
FORT PECK
Downstream (Kiwanis) Campground
Fort Peck Fish Hatchery
Lakeridge Motel & Tackle Shop
Fort Peck Marina
Fort Peck Interpretive Center
Rock Creek Marina
FRAZER
School
FROID
Froid Grocery
GILDFORD
Gildford Mercantile
GLASGOW
FWP Region 6 headquarters
City-County Library
Cottonwood Inn
Ezzie’s West End Conoco
Glasgow Recreation Department
Shady Rest RV Park
HARLEM
EZ Mart store
HAVRE AREA
FWP Havre Office
Stromberg’s Sinclair
Hill County Library
The Walleye Tavern (near Fresno Reservoir)
HINGHAM
Spencer’s Hi-Way Bar & Grill
HINSDALE
Gouse Engraving & Gun Sales
LOMA
Midway Mercantile (Across from Ma’s Loma Cafe)
MALTA
Phillips County Library
Westside Conoco Convenience Store
MEDICINE LAKE
Lake Pit Stop store
NASHUA
B&B Foods
Bergie’s
NELSON RESERVOIR
(Planned locations in process)
OPHEIM
Pro Co-Op
PEERLESS
Dutch Henry’s Club
PLENTYWOOD
Sheridan County Library
Ace Hardware
POPLAR
Tribal Express store
ROCKY BOY AGENCY
Chippewa-Cree Tribal TANF office
RUDYARD
Toner’s Tire-Rama
SACO
(Planned locations in process)
SCOBEY
Grain Growers Oil Company
TruValue Hardware
WOLF POINT
Cenex West
AG Land CO-OP

Tuesday, June 9th 2015
One Man, Two Guv'nors Opens This Weekend
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS!
The laugh-out-loud Musical Comedy debuts at Fort Peck Summer Theatre

The run-away hit of the 2012 Broadway season, this musical farce, making its Northwest premier, features everything that audiences love: physical comedy, mistaken identity, gender-bending disguises, stage combat and a love story, all underscored with Beattle’s style music performed by a live skiffle band (Evan Goldhahn, John Knispel, Haley Owens, Morgan Phelps and Luree Green-Chappell).

FPST Artistic Director Andy Meyers plays Francis Henshall (The titular One Man), a role created by James Corden, current host of CBS’ The Late Late Show. Meyers has recruited guest director Trey Compton to navigate him and the rest of the cast through the demanding roles. The two first worked together in Monty Python’s Spamalot in Sanibel Island, FL.

Regarding Compton, Meyers says, “I can’t imagine anyone else as our director. This is the most demanding role I have tackled: it’s scary to be so far out of my box and throwing any inhibitions out the window. I am grateful and thrilled to have Trey here, as we have a great mutual respect and working relationship. I trust him 100%, leading us with his amazing talent, patience, knowledge and creativity.”

That admiration is echoed by Compton, who says, “Andy’s comedy is brutally honest and he has an incredible understanding of the timing and physicality. This role demands that exact skill set. I am thrilled to work with Andy on this show and so excited for the audiences here to see him showcase his incredible talent for comedy.”

The production also stars Michelle Chin and FPST favorite Jamie Parnell as the Two Guvnors, along with Chanel Bragg, Taylor Caprara, Chea Clearwood, Dan Hance, Ethan Henry, Ryan Luwe, Jay Michael Roberts, Megan Wiltshire and Glasgow’s Nick Dirkes, Ethan Jamba, Hailey Stone and Harlan Taylor.

Performances are June 12 – June 28: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm. For tickets and information, call the Fort Peck Summer Theatre Box Office at (406) 526-9943
Following One Man Two Guvnors, the 2015 season continues with:
• 6th Annual DAM Cabaret: July 1
• Missoula Children’s Theatres RAPUNZEL: July 3 & 4
• THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS: July 10 – July 26
• DISNEY’S TARZAN: July 31 – August 16
• STEEL MAGNOLIAS: August 21 – September 6

Monday, June 8th 2015
Valley County Extension Issues Warning On Dicamba In High Temps
The use of dicamba for control of broadleaved weeds in grassy crops such as wheat is a common occurrence in the spring. However, caution is necessary when using products with this active ingredient.

Trade names for dicamba include Banvel, Clarity, Diablo, Sterling, Vanquish and Vision. Brand names of products with dicamba as one of the main ingredients include: Escalade, Marksmen, One-Time, Q4, Quincept, Status, Weedmaster, and Yukon.

Dicamba is highly volatile at temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If temperatures reach 85 degrees or more at any time during the three to four days following application, the product will volatilize and may move up to 5 miles and injure susceptible crops. Crop injury can occur on peas, lentils, chickpeas, canola, alfalfa, mustard, flax, and many other broad leaved crops.

With the warmer temperatures this week, growers are urges to use caution with use of dicamba products at this time as volatilization drift may occur, resulting in crop injury.

Monday, June 8th 2015
2015-2016 School Year Set To Start September 1st For Glasgow Public Schools
The school calendar for the Glasgow Public Schools shows that school will start September 1st this year with the last day of school set for June 3rd.

Graduation will be held on Sunday, May 29th which is Memorial Day weekend.

The full school calendar may be accessed here:

http://glasgow.k12.mt.us/files/user/1/file/SCHOOL%20CALENDAR%2015-16%20revised%205_19_15.pdf

Monday, June 8th 2015
Latest Filings For Municipal Offices In Valley County
Filing for municipal offices in Valley County started on May 4th and will continue until July 2nd. The city of Glasgow along with Opheim, Nashua and Fort Peck all have elections scheduled this year for their respective local governments.

In the City of Glasgow there are 3 positions available on the City Council.

4 year term in Ward#1- Nancy Schoenfelder-Filed

4-year term in Ward #2- Daniel Durell

4-year term in Ward #3- Rod Karst

In the Town of Opheim there are 2 positions available on the Town Council

4 year term Ward#1- Michael Roberton

4 year term Ward #2- Les Redfield

In the Town of Nashua there are 3 positions available on the Town Council

4 year term- Robert Zeluff-Filed

4 year term- Michael Stingley(inc)
Judy Boyum-Filed

In the Town of Fort Peck there are 3 positions available on the Town Council plus the position of Mayor is up for election.

Mayor- John Jones-Filed

Town Council:

4-year term- Justin Schaaf
4-year term- Kirsten Marie Holte-Filed
2-year term- Mark Sullivan-Filed

Thursday, June 4th 2015
Valley County Chosen For New Heart Disease Prevention Research Study
Valley County Extension has been selected as one of twelve rural locations in Montana to participate in an exciting collaborative research study, Strong Hearts for Montana, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this study, we will be examining the effects of two different programs on the prevention of cardiovascular disease in rural communities. The leading cause of death among adults in Montana, including women, is heart disease. Therefore we are very pleased to be able to be part of this important research.

Valley County will be randomly selected to offer one of two following programs.

Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities
This program will meet twice per week at a time determined by participants for one hour each time, for approximately 6 months plus monthly community meetings and events.
Participants will learn and practice good nutrition and physical activity for improved individual, family, and community health.

Strong Hearts, Healthy Women
This program will meet 1 time per month for 6 months at a time determined by participants for an hour each time.
Participants will learn and discuss techniques and strategies to improve personal health.

We are seeking women aged 40 and over, who would like to be more active and achieve a healthier weight. Participants can earn up to $250 for completing the study, and will be given free blood draws, bone density scans, and nutrition and physical activity assessments before and after the study. To see if you qualify or to learn more about the study, call Leanne or Roubie at the Valley County Extension Office at 228-6241.

Strong Hearts for Montana is a research study developed by Cornell University funded specifically by NIH’s Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Cornell has partnered with Montana State University and county Extension educators to deliver one of the two programs at no cost to the community. If the study shows beneficial results, not only will the program be available to the wider community, it will be made available to other rural communities around the nation. Montana and your community are helping lead the way in what could prove to be a very exciting breakthrough in cardiovascular disease prevention in rural areas throughout the country.

Thursday, June 4th 2015
"Bring Our Families Back" Tour Stops In Glasgow June 11
Glasgow Area Businesses and all interested persons are invited by Two Rivers Economic Growth to a roundtable event at the Cottonwood Inn & Suites at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 11th.

Greg Gianforte will discuss his 30-event “Bring our Families Back” tour to discuss the opportunity of telecommuting from Montana.
Wednesday, June 3rd 2015
Northwestern Energy Electrical Rates Could Be Going Down
HAMILTON (AP) – Montana’s Northwestern Energy customers may pay a little less for electricity in July.

The Ravalli Republic reports the utility company’s annual supply cost report filed with the Montana Public Service Commission predicts rates for the average residential customer could decrease by $3.10 per month.

NorthWestern Energy spokesman Butch Larcombe says lower bills are being influenced by the recent low market price of electricity and savings from the company’s increased ownership of its power-producing facilities.

The utility also is paying solar customers less for power they contribute to the grid, savings that customers are going to benefit from.

Northwestern Energy’s service territory covers about 73 percent of the land area in Montana.

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015
Region 6 Citizens Advisory Council Meets June 9 at Fort Peck Hatchery
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6 Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9 at the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery, located at 277 Montana Highway 117, just north of Fort Peck, MT.

The meeting is open to the public and will include department updates, a summary of deer surveys, 2015 hunting season projections and season-setting processes, a review of the breaks cow elk collar study, updates on 2016-2019 fishing regulations and changes, current Aquatic Invasive Species information, and a CAC member roundtable discussion.

Each of FWP’s seven administrative regions has a volunteer CAC to help guide policies and programs. The Region 6 group meets three times a year, and will be recruiting for new CAC members in the summer of 2015. For more information about the Region 6 Citizens’ Advisory Committee, visit the FWP Web site at http://www.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, June 2nd 2015
Mother Nature Delivers Lots Of Moisture
Mother Nature dumped lots of moisture throughout eastern and northern Montana on Tuesday.

A flash flood warning was issued for Sidney, Montana, for a few hours this morning. Two vehicles reportedly stalled and floated in the waters on 3rd avenue northwest in Sidney. Flood waters had receded as of 11 a.m., with reports of 2.5 to 2.6 inches of rainfall reported by noon.

Glasgow reported well over an inch, while trained spotters in Culbertson reported 1.45 inches of rain, and 1.5 inches of rain near Duck Creek Fishing Area in Valley County.

The rain was starting to taper off early this afternoon, though some areas of northeast Montana were still receiving heavy rainfall at times.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015
May Weather Summary
May was drier and a little cooler than normal. The month ended with a total of 1.32 inches of rain. That was 0.60 inches below the normal monthly rainfall of 1.92 inches. Most of the rain came in a system spanning the 15th through the 17th, with a total of 0.73 inches during that time frame.

The average temperature for May was 53.7 degrees. that was 1.4 degrees cooler than normal. the average high for the month was 67.0 degrees, with an average low of 40.4 degrees. The high for the month was 80 degrees on the 5th, while the lowest reading was 29 degrees on the 18th. Five mornings dipped to 32 degrees or colder, with the latest occurring the 19th.

The wind gusted to 30 mph or greater on seventeen days in May. The peak wind was 39 mph, occurring on both the 15th and 16th.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015
Inaugural 24-hour “Giving Day” will support those in need in communities across the country.
The American Red Cross is launching its first Giving Day today. The 24-hour national campaign will support the work the Red Cross does each and every day to help hundreds of thousands of people across the country and around the world. The theme of Giving Day is “All in One Day” because the Red Cross is “All in,” every day, helping people to get back on their feet after a disaster or emergency situation.

“Right now the Red Cross is helping hundreds of people in Texas and Oklahoma who have lost everything from severe weather and flooding. But even when there is no disaster in the news, the Red Cross is still working hard – every day – to help people whenever and wherever they need it. The Red Cross wouldn’t be there to help without the generous support of the American public,” said American Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern. “We will rally the American public in support of the 134-year-old Red Cross mission to deliver help and hope to people in our communities when they need it most.”
6 Ways the Red Cross Helps People Every Day:
• Disasters: Nearly 200 times a day, the Red Cross helps a family affected by a home fire or other disaster.
• Blood: Nearly 5,600 times a day, someone receives a Red Cross blood transfusion.
• Military Families: Every day the Red Cross provides nearly 1,000 services to military members and their families.
• Vaccines: With the help of partners, the Red Cross helps vaccinate 308,000 children a day, globally, against measles or rubella.
• Lifesaving Education: On average, 15,500 people a day learn how to save a life through Red Cross health and safety training and mobile app downloads.
• Floods: Or that on this past Memorial Day, more than 220 people spent their Memorial Day in Red Cross shelters in Texas and Oklahoma.
• “Life can change in one day, leaving someone with nothing – without a home, without their belongings, and without hope,” added McGovern. “For so many of these people, the American Red Cross is the answer. We need the public’s support.”
To participate in Giving Day and support the work of the American Red Cross, visit www. redcross.org/givingday. You can schedule your donation for June 2 at www.redcross.org/givingday.

You can also help people affected by disasters like floods and wildfires, as well as countless other crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, and other emergency assistance in response to disasters. To donate, please visit www.redcross.org/montana, call 1-800-ARC-MONT (1-800-272-6668) or send a check to the American Red Cross of Montana, 1300 28th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405.

Monday, June 1st 2015
“406 Hospitality” Customer Service Training Coming To Glasgow June 8
Glasgow, Mont. -- Representatives of local convenience stores, lodging properties, visitor information centers, museums, outfitters, restaurants and any business greeting visitors to the area are invited, free of charge, to attend the new “406 Hospitality” seminar in Glasgow. Business owners, managers, and front-line staff are encouraged to attend together. The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce will host the training at Cottonwood, Hwy 2 East, Glasgow on Monday, June 8, 2015 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Brought to your community by the Montana Office of Tourism and the Montana Superhost Program, this fast-paced customer service and tourism training program is custom-designed for Montana hospitality providers. The focus of “406 Hospitality” is for us all to ENGAGE our guests; PROMOTE our community, region and state; MEND guest concerns; and REFRESH ourselves and our organizations. Combining efforts to prioritize excellent customer service ensures the viability of Montana’s economic success and its $4 billion tourism industry.

Attendees are encouraged to bring brochures, flyers, or information to share about area businesses and attractions. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Lisa Olk at 406.228.2222.

Seminar trainer Tami Burke is passionate about Montana and Montana hospitality. She is a talented facilitator who will motivate attendees to value their role in our tourism industry, expand their knowledge, connect with customers and take a fresh look at ways your business can not only attain rave reviews from visitors, but also keep them returning again and again. With strong connections to the Montana tourism industry, her service examples and suggestions will prompt thoughtful discussions and provide practical skills and tips which can be put to use immediately. Previous participants appreciated learning about the wealth of travel resources available, hearing stories to share from others in their community, obtaining new customer service perspectives and tactics, and experiencing the group interaction.

For anyone unable to attend “406 Hospitality,” a free online, self-paced program, “Lost and Found in Montana,” is also available. For more information, visit http://www.montanasuperhost.com.
Monday, June 1st 2015
Apply now for GHS Educational Trust Awards
Glasgow High School graduates who are attending college or vocational/technical school are reminded that the deadline for financial assistance from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust for both semesters of the 2015-2016 school year is July 1, 2015. The deadline for assistance for Spring 2016 semester only is October 15, 2015.

All GHS graduates who are pursuing higher education at an accredited school full time (12 credit minimum) and who are in good academic standing may be eligible for a financial gift if they have completed one year of college or one semester of vocational school. This includes non-traditional students who are enrolled full time in online or other correspondence courses. The application and an explanation of the other requirements are available on the trust’s website at http://www.ghsedutrust.org. All applications must be complete and submitted on time to be considered.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was established by the GHS Class of 1938 in 1964 to help GHS graduates finance their educational dreams. Interest on the trust’s corpus, which now totals over $4.2 million dollars, is used to make student gifts through a semi-annual application process administered by the trustees. To date, 2030 grants valued at $1.7 million dollars have been awarded to hundreds of different GHS alumni. Students may reapply and may be awarded gifts for succeeding terms after an initial award, and 89% of recipients have done so.

With educational costs rising significantly each year, every eligible GHS alumni is encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to minimize student debt and promote access to a brighter future through higher education.
Friday, May 29th 2015
U.S. officials revive oil train safety order after complaints
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. transportation officials are extending an order for railroads to notify states about shipments of hazardous crude oil shipments.

Emergency responders had raised worries over a new rule that did away with the requirement.

Trains hauling crude from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana have been involved in multiple fiery derailments in recent years, including a 2013 derailment that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

Thursday's action revives a 2014 order for railroads to give emergency officials oil train routing and volume information to better prepare for accidents.

The Transportation Department had moved this month to replace the mandate with a rule that would require states to request the information.

Agency spokeswoman Artealia Gilliard says federal regulators "heard loud and clear" the concerns raised by emergency responders.
(Copyright 2015 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Friday, May 29th 2015
Rules aim to protect imperiled bird's habitat in 10 states
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has revealed plans to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government's biggest land-planning effort to date for conservation of a single species.

The proposal announced Thursday would affect energy development. The regulations include locating oil and gas wells and power lines to avoid disrupting habitat for the greater sage grouse.

The chicken-sized birds are found from California to the Dakotas, but their numbers have declined sharply in recent decades. Some warn they're at risk of extinction.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service faces a court-ordered deadline of Sept. 30 to decide whether the greater sage grouse needs protection as a threatened or endangered species.

The new measures would apply to federal lands only. U.S. officials expect to adopt them by late summer.
(Copyright 2015 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Friday, May 29th 2015
Valley County Detention Center Now Holding Inmates From Yellowstone County
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 News that Valley County is now holding inmates for Yellowstone County.

Sheriff Meier said that he was contacted by Yellowstone County who wanted to send 4 female inmates to Glasgow to be detained at the Valley County Detention Center.

The Yellowstone County Jail is full of inmates and officials are trying to lessen the number of long term inmates so new prisoners can be held at the jail.

Yellowstone County will pay Valley County $60 per day per inmate to hold the prisoners.

Meier said the Valley County Detention Center is full now with the 4 inmates from Yellowstone County.

Wednesday, May 27th 2015
Teen hospitalized in good condition after weekend shooting
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A northeastern Montana girl who was shot in the head by her father, who then shot and killed himself, is recovering at a Billings hospital.

A spokeswoman at Billings Clinic says the 16-year-old girl was listed in good condition Tuesday, meaning she is conscious, comfortable and her prognosis for recovery are good to excellent.

Valley County Sheriff Glenn Meier says 62-year-old Raymond Rahn shot his daughter Rebecca in the head Sunday morning at their home northwest of Frazer. He then fatally shot himself.

The two were the only ones in the house at the time of the shooting. Meier says Rahn's wife was in Seattle undergoing medical treatment.
Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Tuesday, May 26th 2015
Father Kills Himself After Wounding Daughter In Head
GREAT FALLS — Authorities in northeast Montana say a father shot his teenage daughter in the head and then shot and killed himself.

Valley County Sheriff Glenn Meier says the girl is hospitalized.

Meier said the shooting occurred early Sunday near the town of Lustre.

Meier says a 16-year-old girl said her father, 62-year-old Raymond Rahn, shot her in the head and then shot himself in the head.

He says the father died en route to the hospital and the daughter is at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.

The two were the only occupants of the home at the time.

Meier says the man's wife is in Seattle being treated for a disease.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Meier did not release the name of the girl.

Tuesday, May 26th 2015
3 Individuals Arrested After Allegedly Stealing Vehicle In Minot, ND
3 individuals were arrested in Glasgow on May 21st after allegedly stealing a pickup in Minot, North Dakota.

Law Enforcement Dispatch was notified at 4:51pm that there was a black extended cab pickup that was traveling westbound on Highway #2.

At 5:10pm, dispatch was notified that the pickup might of been stolen out of a Minot, North Dakota after a traveler noticed the pickup and thought he had seen it on Facebook that it had been stolen.

The Glasgow Police Department found the pickup and stopped it on Highway #2 in Glasgow. The pickup was determined to be stolen and arrested were 22-year old Joseph Malinowski of Martin City, Montana. 30-year old Sara Dauphinais of Fargo, North Dakota and 23-year old Ciera Carr of Bend, Oregon.

The pickup had been stolen earlier that morning in Minot.

The Glasgow Police also obtained a search warrant and searched the vehicle. The GPD found an amount of methamphetamine and also stolen credit cards.

Additional charges are pending against the 3 individuals. The 3 are currently facing charges of possession of stolen property.

Wednesday, May 20th 2015
Glasgow Man Fined For Illegally Killing Golden Eagle
A 60-year-old man who acknowledged killing a golden eagle near Glasgow must pay a $3,000 fine and $3,000 in restitution.

Keith Morehouse, of Glasgow, was sentenced in federal court Tuesday after he pleaded guilty. The restitution will go to Bozeman's Montana Raptor Conservation Center, which rehabilitates injured birds and engages in community education, conservation and research.

Prosecutors say Morehouse violated state trapping regulations when he killed the eagle with a snare about 5 feet from the bait station. The state requires a 30-foot setback from bait stations visible from above.

An examination of the eagle revealed that it had been strangled to death by a loop of wire around its neck.
Wednesday, May 20th 2015
Hinsdale Man Dies In Accident At Hinsdale School
The Valley County Sheriff's Office is reporting at a Hinsdale man died while working underneath a mower deck at approximately 12pm Tuesday.

Sheriff Glen Meier reports that Bradley Palmer was working underneath a mower deck Tuesday when the mower deck fell on him, killing him immediately.

Palmer was working on the mower deck at the Hinsdale School when the accident happened according to Sheriff Meier.

Meier said the fatality was a tragic accident.

Wednesday, May 20th 2015
Brian Wiese Arrested In Opheim And Charged With Drug Offenses
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier said Brian Wiese was arrested in Opheim and charged with felony possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Sheriff Meier said said the felony charged involved methamphetamine and the misdemeanor charge had to do with marijuana.

Law Enforcement authorities were called to Opheim on Monday after residents reported a man was walking throughout the town with a weapon and was acting strangely.

The Valley County Sheriff's Office responded and arrested former Malta resident Brian Wiese. According to Sheriff Meier, Wiese was working in the Opheim area.

Wiese was arrested and taken to the Valley County Detention Center where he is still incarcerated.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015
Paddlefish Harvest Ends From Fort Benton To Fort Peck Dam
The 2015 paddlefish harvest season on the Upper Missouri River section from Fort Benton to Fort Peck Dam will close at 12 noon on Tuesday May 19th, 2015, state officials said Sunday.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 Fisheries Program Manager Steve Dalbey said the 24-hour harvest closure notice issued Monday at noon means that in the Upper Missouri River, paddlefish can only be caught and released for the remainder of the 2015 season.

The catch-and-release season will remain open through June 15, 2015. Proof of purchase of a white paddlefish tag on the angler’s fishing license is required for catch-and-release fishing in this section. Legal hours for catch-and-release fishing for paddlefish are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

The 2015 paddlefish harvest target for this population in the Upper Missouri River is 500 fish. As of May 18th, a total of 465 paddlefish had been harvested. Since the season opened on May 1, harvest has been slow relative to prior years due to low river flows. FWP staff report that the number of anglers pursuing paddlefish remains high. FWP has the authority to close the paddlefish harvest season within 24 hours if it appears the harvest target may be exceeded.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015
Glasgow City Council Considers Ordinances Dealing With Pets And Parking
The Glasgow City Council is considering 3 new ordinances dealing with pets, parking and fences.

The pet ordinance would limit the amount of pets for each household in the City of Glasgow. The ordinance being considered by the Glasgow City Council would limit each household to a total number of 3 dogs and cats. Those household currently with more then 3 pets would be grandfathered and would be able to keep their current number of pets. But as the number of dogs or cats decreased through attrition over time, the owner must then abide by the limit of 3 dogs or cats.

The proposed ordinance would also allow households who have litters of dogs or cats a total of 60 days to dispose of the number of pets in excess of 3 dogs or cats, or any combination of thereof.

Another ordinance currently considered by the Glasgow City Council would increase the amount of time residents can park vehicles on city streets or city alleys. The current ordinance allows 60 hours that a vehicle can be parked without being moved. The proposed ordinance would move that to 5 days.

The final ordinance being considered would limit the height, setbacks and materials for fences, walls and hedges in the City of Glasgow.

The Glasgow City Council took no action on the proposed ordinances at their regular meeting on May 18th.

Friday, May 15th 2015
Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park Groundbreaking
The Board of Directors of the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park, Inc. is proud to announce that all preparations are in place for construction to begin at the Fort Peck site after Memorial Day and be completed before Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2015.

LSC Construction Inc. of Fort Peck was awarded the contract for all work. The Fort Peck office of Interstate Engineering will oversee construction, Steve Page, co-chairman of the project announced this week. A construction coordinator from the Memorial committee will regularly monitor the work and coordinate with LSC until the work is completed. Page also noted that former Glasgow resident Don Baker, DBA Architects, Oakdale, MN, provided architectural work.
This is Phase #1 of plans and when construction is completed this fall, the Memorial will be fully accessible and functional. This work will include Walls of Honor, the main monument, a grand entry with an identification sign, one vigil site, concrete walkways, an ADA entry from the south and extensive flag displays. There will be room for benches and other amenities as determined and approved by the planning committee.

The Memorial Park Board began meeting five years ago setting as a goal to build with private donations, using no government funding. “We have kept expenses to a bare minimum, paid no salaries or administration fees and worked hard to dedicate all donations to the Memorial,” Co-Chairman Tom Markle said. “To date, all funding has been private. A grant-writing plan is currently underway which includes public funding alternatives. Funding support has come from each of the nine counties in Northeast Montana,” he emphasized.

Sale of tiles for the Walls of Honor, a major fundraiser for the Memorial, exemplifies the depth of this support. The walls will feature 4-inch by 8-inch, polished, black granite tiles, each engraved with the name of a veteran and their branch of service. All veterans can be honored with a tile.

To date, over 400 tiles have been purchased to honor loved ones who served in all branches of the military. Through Memorial Day of 2015, the cost of a tile is $225 and by request, names of family and friends may be grouped together on the Walls. After this date, tiles will be added as sold. Order forms are available at most banks, VFW or Legion Clubs, online at www.veteransmt.org or by calling 406-228-2223. Tile purchases are deductible donations. The Memorial is a 501 c 19 non-profit organization, eligible to receipt tax-deductible donations.
“While this first phase will not complete the project, we feel it provides a solid footprint for future enhancements, pending additional donations and tile sales, which will enable our team to pay as we go,” Page said.

On behalf of the Board, Page extended heartfelt gratitude for the generosity of individuals, businesses, institutions and organizations that have supported this effort. “We are grateful for the work and encouragement of so many over the years, and to our dedicated team of volunteers assisting in helping this project move along,” he said.

The site work that began in April prepared the ground for basic landscaping and electrical requirements for this and future needs. The planning committee plans to address these future needs soon, Page said. “Many ideas have been discussed including KIA and family vigil areas, sculptures, benches, monuments to various conflicts, branches of service, special operations, Wall of Honor legends and landscaping enhancements. The committee welcomes ideas, he added.
Page also expressed appreciation for everyone’s patience in seeing this project become a reality after so many years. “It is a privilege to work on a project that honors the courage, sacrifice and duty of the thousands of Northeast Montana veterans who stepped up with uncommon patriotism in defense of our freedom whenever they were called to do so.”

Tuesday, May 12th 2015
Former Glasgow Man Facing Felony Charges In Wyoming
CASPER, Wyo. — Authorities added another charge against a 30-year-old man accused of trying to solicit children for an inappropriate training class in Casper, Wyo.

Darren William Cornell, who is a registered sex offender, now faces one count of attempted third-degree sexual abuse in addition to sexual exploitation of children.

Cornell, who is being represented by public defender Rob Oldham, waived his preliminary hearing Thursday in Natrona County Circuit Court. Cornell will enter pleas to the charges at a District Court arraignment. That hearing has not yet been scheduled. He is currently being held in the Natrona County Detention Center in lieu of $150,000 bond.

Police arrested Cornell on April 20 after an undercover officer arranged for him to drive to Casper from Rawlins to meet a 7-year-old girl and her aunt. Cornell said he would teach the girl how to fight off a rapist. He would act as the rapist and the girl would be asked to touch him.

Cornell admitted to being a sex offender and told officers he hoped to have his name removed from the registry by showing law enforcement he could help them. He was convicted in 2005 in Michigan of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor, according to the Wyoming sex offender registry.

Cornell posted an advertisement for the purported training program on a Facebook page named “Casper Confessionals.” A woman called police on April 13 to report she saw the post and had been contacted by Cornell.

The woman said Cornell spoke of having children ages 5 to 10 touch him inappropriately.

On Saturday, Cpt. Steve Freel acted undercover by using the woman’s Facebook account in order to converse with Cornell.

Cornell said he wanted to conduct the training in the privacy of the woman’s home. He said he would come to Casper and requested money for gas and food. He also said he could stay for two days and could sleep in a guest room in their home.

On Monday, Cornell contacted the woman via Facebook to confirm their meeting. The woman said she was stuck at work and that Cornell should meet her sister at a sandwich shop. Cornell asked if he would be met by police because that had happened to him in the past.

He went to the shop and spoke with an undercover cop acting as the woman’s sister. He told the woman he would not have pants on during the training and that the girl would be asked to touch him inappropriately.

Cornell was arrested and interviewed at the police department. He initially denied posting the ad on Facebook but later stated he did post it. He said he sent Facebook messages to the woman about the training but that he had not planned on following through with any of it.

Tuesday, May 12th 2015
Fort Peck Summer Theatre Ready to Open
Curtain for 2015 Season, featuring many returning Alums!

The Fort Peck Summer Theatre (FPST), now celebrating its 46th Season, is anxiously prepping for the 2015 Season, featuring popular, in-demand titles and some of the theatre’s most frequently requested musicals. Under the leadership of returning Artistic Director Andy Meyers, this season promises 5 great shows with something for the entire family: Always…Patsy Cline, One Man Two Guvnors, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Disney’s Tarzan and Steel Magnolias. The Annual DAM Cabaret will be performed on July 1, and FPST proudly hosts the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Rapunzel featuring nearly 50 local kids on July 3 & July 4.

Meyers returns for his forth summer as Artistic Director. In past seasons at Fort Peck he has directed the record breaking Buddy Holly Story, Ring of Fire and All Shook Up, and most recently appeared as Shrek in Shrek, Boolie in Driving Miss Daisy and Harold Hill in The Music Man. Since last summer, he has directed Peter Pan in Bigfork and The Last of the Dragons and The Winter Wonderettes in Missoula. He returns to Montana for summer from Arizona Broadway Theatre, where he directed The King and I and Pinocchio, served as Choreographer/Assistant Director for Les Miserables (in which he also played Grantaire) and performed as Oscar in Sweet Charity and The Emperor in The Emperor’s New Clothes.

Meyers welcomes a professional that boasts many audience favorites from past seasons: Debra Berger, Chanel Bragg, Alicia Bullock-Muth, Johanna Carlisle, EJ Dohring, Alexa Etchart, Evan Goldhahn, Luree Green-Chappell, Sydney Hayward, Ryan Luwe, John Knispel, Shannon McMillan, Jamie Parnell, Morgan Phelps, Jay Michael Roberts, Hailey Stone, Matthew Whitfield, Megan Wiltshire and Pam L. Veis. The returning company members will be joined by new talented artists from across the country.

2015 SEASON:

ALWAYS….PATSY CLINE
Run Dates: May 29 – June 7
Director: Heather Adams
Debra Berger and Pam L. Veis star in this musical, celebrating the famous singer through the eyes of her biggest fan. As Patsy Cline, Berger will perform dozens of the singer’s greatest hits!

ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS
Run Dates: June 12 – June 28
Director: Trey Compton
The run-away hit the 2012 Broadway season, this musical farce, making its Pacific Northwest premier, features everything that FPST audiences love: physical comedy, mistaken identity, gender-bending disguises and a classic love story, all underscored with lively music performed by a live skiffle band.

THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
Run Dates: July 10 – July 26
Director: Andy Meyers
In a role that Dolly Parton made famous, Shannon McMillan returns to star as Mona! Full of athletic dance numbers and rockin’ country music, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a hilarious romp sure to leave audiences tapping their toes and laughing in the aisles.

DISNEY’S TARZAN
Run Dates: July 31 – August 16
Director: Megan Wiltshire
A perfect evening for the entire family, Disney’s hit featuring a score by Phil Collins, comes to life as only Fort Peck Summer Theatre can do it. Get ready to swing from the vines and be transported to the jungles, joining Tarzan on all of his high flying adventures!

STEEL MAGNOLIAS
Run Dates: August 21 – September 6
Director: Andy Meyers
Before the iconic movie became a cult favorite, this stage play was a hit in New York. Inside Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in modern-day Louisiana, this touching comedy revolves around the lives of 6 close-knit friends. Glasgow native Alexa Etchart, recently seen on Grey’s Anatomy, returns home to star as Shelby.

TICKETS

To purchase pre-season tickets, contact the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce or the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council at (406) 228-9216.

Performance times are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm. For individual tickets or reservations, the Fort Peck Summer Theatre Box Office at (406) 526-9943 will open at the top of the season.

Monday, May 11th 2015
Bowhunter Education Class Offered in Glasgow, Begins Friday
A Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks bowhunter education class will take place this week in Glasgow, starting Friday. There are still several spots remaining, and this is the last chance to take the bowhunter education class in the Glasgow area.

All first time bowhunters, regardless of age, must complete a bowhunter education course to purchase an archery stamp in Montana. State law requires that anyone using an archery license, or hunting with archery equipment, must show either a previous year’s archery license or a certification from a bowhunter education course to buy a stamp. Students must be at least 11-years old on the first day of class to be eligible for certification. The course is free of charge.

The Glasgow course is set for May 15-17. Classes will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, 8-4 p.m. on Saturday, and from 3-5:30 p.m. on Sunday for the field day. The location for the classroom portion will be in Glasgow at the FWP Headquarters. Prospective students need to pick up their Bowhunter Education book “Today’s Bowhunter” at the FWP office in Glasgow by Thursday. Please read and answer the questions in the back of the book before the first day of class, and bring all necessary forms.

If you have any questions, contact course coordinator Carmen Corey at 406-230-1266.
To register for the Bowhunter Education classes, go to the FWP website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov. Look under the “Education” tab, go to the “Hunter Education” heading, and click on the “Hunter education programs” link. On the next screen, click on the “Find a class or field course”, click “Register for a Bowhunter education classroom course” and follow the directions from there. Make sure to print out all necessary material and sign all necessary forms!

If you have any questions, or do not have access to a computer, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.

Monday, May 11th 2015
Over $12.4 Million Expended On Glasgow School Building Project
The Glasgow School District has expended over $12.4 million on building projects since voters approved a $16.8 million bond for construction of a new K-5 elementary school and renovations to the other two schools in the district.

Through April 20th, the school district has paid Sletten Construction over $10.8 million. Sletten Construction is the general contractor for the project. The architect for the project has been paid alomst a million dollars and the construction manager has been paid over $331,000.

As of April 20th, there was still $4,860,367 remaining in the construction account.

Work at the Glasgow High School and East Side School has been completed and the new elementary school will be ready for the 2015/2016 school year.

The demolition of the current Irle Elementary school will occur this summer.

Friday, May 8th 2015
FWP Seeking Campground Host for Bear Paw Lake South of Havre
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking a campground host for Bear Paw Lake Fishing Access Site, located on the “second lake” in Beaver Creek Park, south of Havre.

This is a volunteer position. The camp host would be responsible, among other things, for checking fee compliance, general cleanup, and answering questions from campers. Volunteer must have their own personal RV or camping trailer. A “host pad” provides free electricity, water, telephone, sewage, and a picnic table.

The position is available from May 25-June 30, and from August 1-September 7. Currently, July already has a volunteer committed. It is preferred that the host is there for the time period of May-June and August-September, but other arrangements could be made for shorter durations.

For more information and details, please contact Kelly Compton at the FWP Havre Area Office at 265-6177 between 10 am and 2 pm daily, or contact BJ Kemp at the FWP Glasgow Office at 228-3705.

Friday, May 8th 2015
Governor Steve Bullock Signs Bill Making Scobey Soil Official State Soil of Montana
Bozeman, MT - Governor Steve Bullock on Thursday was joined by Sen. J.P. Pomnichowski, former Governor and soil scientist Brian Schweitzer, and students from Longfellow Elementary School, as he hosted a ceremonial signing of SB 176, making the Scobey Soil the official state soil of Montana. The bill was brought forward at the request of the students, and carried by Pomnichowski.

“Today we’re not only making the Scobey Soil the official state soil of Montana, we’re also showing these students that if they can make an impact on their state and community, regardless of how young they are,” Bullock said of the measure. “With future leaders of our state, like the students at Longfellow Elementary, our future is looking bright.”

In addition to bringing forward the bill, during the 2015 legislative session, students traveled to the capitol to lobby legislators and testify in committees in support of the measure. They also created a website (http://montanasoil.weebly.com/) to provide information about the soil and to collect petition signatures in support of the measure.

“These students worked long and hard for culmination of their lawmaking effort, and I commend them,” said Pomnichowski. “Because of their study, research, and diligence, as well as the guidance of a couple of crackerjack teachers, Debbie Nelson and Kristin Sigler, they have not only championed for our state a basic and solid new symbol but also have learned the intricacies of the state legislature first-hand. The Governor’s signature making it the law of the land was most gratifying for them and for me. School administrators, parents, and MSU scientists past and present deserve thanks for helping to shepherd this bill to completion.”

Scobey soil is most prevalent near Great Falls and the Hi-Line. It is known for its productivity for farming wheat and supporting ranching activities in Montana.
Friday, May 8th 2015
Freezing Temps Possible Near Border
Freezing temperatures will be possible the next couple of nights near the Canadian border. If you've already planted any flowers or plants, it may not be a bad idea to cover them tonight and Friday night.
Thursday, May 7th 2015
Montana Wilderness Association To Kick Off 2015 Wilderness Walks Program
The Montana Wilderness Association will kick off the 2015 Wilderness Walks program in Glasgow at the Sean R. Heavey Gallery, 529 2nd Ave South, Fri. May 8th from 5:30 - 7p.m.

The event provides outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to pick up a free copy of MWA’s 2015 Wilderness Walks book. Beverages & snacks will be provided. The event will also include a short presentation about the Wilderness Walks program & highlight some of the hikes in the Glasgow area.

The hikes are free & open to the public & the Walks program includes hikes for people of all ages & abilities.

Thursday, May 7th 2015
Representative Zinke To Hold Town Hall Meeting Today
Representative Ryan Zinke will be at Farm Equipment Sales for a Town Hall Meeting Thurs. May 7th from 2:30-3:30p.m. He will be discussing topics on small business, natural resources & agriculture. Everyone welcome.
Wednesday, May 6th 2015
Montana Supreme Court Rejects Barry Beach Appeal
HELENA (AP) – The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a re-sentencing request from a man convicted of killing his high-school classmate in 1979 when they both were teenagers.

Barry Beach had argued that his 100-year prison sentence should be ruled unconstitutional after a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision barred mandatory life sentences for juveniles and ordered judges to consider the youth of an offender before imposing a life sentence. That ruling reflected recent scientific findings that young criminals have the capacity to change.

Beach was convicted of deliberate homicide in 1984 in the beating death of Kimberly Nees. Both Beach and Nees were 17-year-old high school students in Poplar when she was killed.

Beach has previously denied killing Nees, saying his confession was coerced. His cause has been taken up by hundreds of supporters, including Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, former Gov. Brian Schweitzer and former Republican U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns.

Beach argued in his latest petition that the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision makes his prison term unconstitutional because his trial judge did not consider Beach's youth when handing down the sentence.

The Montana high court ruled 4-3 that the federal ruling does not apply to people who were convicted before the 2012 decision. U.S. Supreme Court decisions are retroactive only if they create a substantive or watershed rule, which the 2012 decision did not do, Justice Beth Baker wrote in the majority opinion.

"Montana has always permitted a sentencer to consider a juvenile offender's youth when sentencing that offender to a term of years with no possibility of parole," Baker wrote in the majority opinion. The 2012 court ruling "merely goes a step further by requiring that consideration," she added.

Justices Patricia Cotter, Mike Wheat and Jim Shea dissented, saying Beach's case should be sent back to district court for a new sentencing hearing.

Beach attorney Pete Camiel says he is disappointed in Tuesday's ruling. Beach plans to file a new appeal when a new law expanding the governor's clemency powers takes effect on Oct. 1, Camiel said.

The new law gives the governor final say on clemency decisions, even if the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole denies a clemency application. The bill was driven in part by the board's denial of Beach's clemency last year, Beach's fourth application.

Gov. Steve Bullock had told the board that he wanted to consider Beach's application, and that Beach should have an opportunity for rehabilitation outside of prison.

The Montana Department of Justice, which prosecuted Beach, did not have a comment on Tuesday's decision, agency spokesman John Barnes said.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015
Governor Vetoes Bison Bill
Story From www.greatfallstribune.com

Counties won't get veto power over transfers of bison by the state of Montana as Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday vetoed Senate Bill 284.

The bill would have required approval of county commissioners before wild bison are released into a county. It would not have included transfers to tribal land.

It prompted a government powers debate at the Legislature.

In a letter explaining the veto, Bullock, a Democrat, said the bill would set a dangerous precedent by supplanting the state's management of fish and wildlife with county regulation.

"Montana's wildlife is held in trust for all citizens of the state, not just those citizens of a particular county," Bullock wrote.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks already must follow a comprehensive and public process in determining if and where brucellosis-free bison could be transplanted, Bullock said.

Transmission of brucellosis from bison to cattle was a concern that prompted the bill.

Steve Forrest, a Defenders of Wildlife senior representative for Rockies and Plains, said the bill would have undercut efforts to restore bison in Montana by giving politicians authority to block wild bison restoration instead of leaving decisions to FWP biologists.

"We thank Governor Bullock for listening to the majority of Montanans who strongly support bringing bison back to their historic home on the Great Plains," Forrest said.

Nancy Ereaux, secretary of the Montana Community Preservation Alliance, which supported the bill, said she was angry the governor "doesn't have respect for the senators and representatives that we have elected."

The bill passed the House by 60 percent, and the Senate by 64 percent, she said. A similar bill was presented in 2013 and it passed the House by 63 percent and the Senate by 64 percent, she said.

"This bill would not have taken any management powers away from the FWP for those counties that wanted wild bison, it would not have impacted the tribes and reservations that want to have bison, it simply would have allowed for our county commissioners to have been able to say yes or no whether wild bison would be elsewhere in their county," Ereaux said. "We don't want the government telling us what we have to live with."

The state is creating a long-term management plan for bison restoration in Montana. That could include transfers of bison to locations in the state where they've been gone for decades, which is opposed by ranching interests and supported by wildlife groups that support restoring bison to the plains.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015
School Election Results
Valley County Schools their annual school elections today. Nashua and Lustre have cancelled their elections due to no levy requests and uncontested trustee elections. Here are the results for the rest of Valley County Schools:

Glasgow Public Schools

Trustee Election:

Alison Molvig-975
Nick Dirkes-740
Shawn Andersyn-390

General Fund levy in the amount of $18,271.65

Yes:655
No:556

Naming of the new K-5 Elementary School:

Irle Elementary: 759
Glasgow Elementary: 441

Frazer Public Schools

There are 4 candidates for 2 positions on the Frazer School Board.
Michael Cole- 33
Harry Beauchamp Jr.- 24
Jamie Smoker-Lilley -13
Grant Stafne-35

Voters will also vote on a mill levy for the elementary school. The levy is in the amount of $12,902.41.

For:62
Against:47

Hinsdale Public Schools

There are 2 candidates for 1 position on the Hinsdale School Board.

Ky Idler-95
Paul McColly-46

Hinsdale voters will also vote on a levy request in the amount of $20,123.25.

Yes:100
No:44

Opheim School District

There are 3 candidates for 2 positions on the Opheim School Board.

Mughetto Flickinger -26
Jeff Roberton-106
Twila Anderson-116

Tuesday, May 5th 2015
Malta man killed in weekend crash
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A 20-year-old man was killed in a weekend crash on U.S. Highway 191 near Malta.

The Montana Highway Patrol says the man was negotiating a right-hand curve that turned into a slight left-hand curve when he lost control of the vehicle on Saturday morning. The vehicle went off the road, rolled and the driver was partially ejected. He died at the scene.

The Phillips County coroner's office identified the driver as Ryan Michael Shaw of Malta.

An 18-year-old Malta man who was a passenger was injured.

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Monday, May 4th 2015
Fireworks Fundraiser Raises $4500
A total of $4500 was raised on Saturday for purchase of fireworks for the Glasgow area on July 4th.

Volunteer manned the two downtown intersections on Saturday to raise money for the fireworks display at the fairgrounds on July 4th.

The amount collected was down a bit from last year and if you would like to donate to the fireworks fund you may still do so at Valley Bank.

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