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Pioneer Museum Spring Cleaning Is This Saturday
Wednesday, April 23rd 2014
Press Release:
Once again it is time for the Annual Cleaning at the Pioneer Museum. We really look forward to this every spring. It kind of lets us know that spring is really here and today sure felt like it.

We will start the cleaning on Saturday, April 26th at 8:30 A.M. and go until we are done.

Of course like always the more helping hands we get the sooner we are done. We also invite you to join us for refreshments while you are there. We have some very special cookies made by the Senior Citizens Center. Like the ones your mother or grandma used to make for you. Come and enjoy!

Upper Missouri River Paddlefish Season Opens May 1, But Expect Access Issues
Wednesday, April 23rd 2014
GLASGOW, Mont. -- This year’s Montana paddlefish seasons will again kick off on May 1 with the opening of the Missouri River section from Fort Benton downstream to Fort Peck Dam.

But the public needs to be aware that camping and other access will be limited at the James Kipp Recreation Area at the Fred Robinson Bridge south of Malta due to recent ice-jam related flooding. The area is a popular location for many paddlefish anglers and their families to base.

“Anglers need to be aware that camping sites will be limited at Kipp” said Bureau of Land Management Supervisory Outdoor Recreation Planner Mark Schaefer. “There’s also been substantial water-related damage to other roads in the area, including on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and on other public lands managed by BLM. People may not be able to go to all of the places they’ve been accustomed to getting to in past years. But the public boat ramp at the Kipp Recreation Area is fully open.”

For questions about the recreation area and other surrounding federal lands, contact Schaefer at 406-622-4015 or the BLM’s Lewistown office at BLM_MT_Central_DO@blm.gov or 406-538-1945. CMR officials can also be reached at cmr@fws.gov or by calling 406-538-8706.

The paddlefish snagging season on the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam and in the Yellowstone River below the mouth of the Bighorn River opens May 15. The archery fishing season for paddlefish in the Fort Peck Dredge Cuts below Fort Peck Dam opens July 1.

“Anglers will need to keep a close eye on river runoff this year,” said Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Fisheries Biologist Cody Nagel of Havre. “Snowpack in the Upper Missouri is roughly 130 percent of average and could produce high flows that will trigger paddlefish to move upstream and affect distribution of the fish.”

All paddlefish anglers should obtain a copy of the Montana 2014 paddlefish regulations, which contain specific rules for each of the different seasons and river stretches. There have been no changes in any of the regulations from last year’s rules. Some of the regulation highlights are:

Upper Missouri River
On the upper Missouri River section (upstream from Fort Peck Dam to Fort Benton) the season opens May 1. A white paddlefish tag is required for this stretch of river, and all paddlefish captured must be either tagged and kept or immediately released.
The fishery will again be managed with a 500-fish harvest cap, and the harvest season will close on a 24-hour notice if harvest is approaching the cap limit.
If the 500-fish harvest cap is reached, catch-and-release fishing will continue until June 15. Specific fishing hours apply (6 a.m. – 9 p.m., MST), and there is no night snagging allowed.
Anglers should call the Missouri River Hotline at 406-464-2169 for current information on harvest status.
Catch-and-release snagging is open May 1 to June 15.
Anglers are reminded that all catch-and-release paddlefish must be released immediately and may not be gaffed or lifted out of the water.

Other selected paddlefish regulations include:
An 8/0 maximum hook-size restriction for all river stretches that are open to paddlefishing;
Only one paddlefish can be harvested per season per angler;
Special handling and transporting rules apply;
The color coding on paddlefish tags is: yellow for the Yellowstone River and lower Missouri River; white for the upper Missouri River above Fort Peck Dam; and blue for the Dredge Cuts area below Fort Peck Dam for archery paddlefishing. The appropriate tag is required to fish for paddlefish in each of these river sections, and anglers must choose only one stretch of river to fish;
All harvested fish must be properly tagged and should be reported to FWP creel clerks working onsite as quickly as possible;
When a paddlefish is captured and tagged, the fish must be removed from the river by the end of that day (9 p.m. MST).

“Because river conditions and fishing pressure from anglers can change quickly, anglers are advised to check on paddlefish harvest status before they leave home,” said FWP Region 6 Fisheries Program Manager Steve Dalbey. “That one call could save a lot of traveling time just to find the season has already closed or is close to being finished.”

For more on the paddlefish seasons, see the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov under “Fishing” and “Regulations” and “Eastern District” then click on “Paddlefish Regulations” for a pdf file. Or pick up a copy of the 2014 paddlefish pamphlet with all the current regulations at FWP offices or any other license provider.
Cornwell Ranch Is A Montana Neighbor Award Winner
Wednesday, April 23rd 2014
The Cornwell Ranch has participated in FWP’s Block Management Program since 2001, with over 11,000 acres of their private land enrolled. This property in turn opens up access to more than 100,000 acres of public lands that extend into the Bitter Creek Wilderness Study Area. Ranch owners Lee and Madylon Cornwell and Kirk, Cody and Stewart Cornwell also have more than 11,000 acres signed into a conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy. Also helping present the award is Glasgow-based FWP Wildlife Biologist Drew Henry, right.
Gov. Steve Bullock, center, presents one of the 2014 Montana Neighbor Awards to Lee and Madylon Cornwell of Glasgow during an April 16 ceremony at the state capitol in Helena. The awards are given annually to Montana landowners who exemplify the tradition of good-neighborliness through community leadership, cooperation, top-quality land stewardship, and allowing public recreational access. The awards are decided by a team from Artemis Common Ground, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the Montana Association of Land Trusts, The Nature Conservancy, the Montana Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a rancher, and the governor’s office.
First Round Of Absentee Ballots Mailed For Montana's June Primary Election
Tuesday, April 22nd 2014
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The first group of absentee ballots for Montana's 2014 primary election are in the mail.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch said Monday that county election offices have mailed ballots to the state's absent military and overseas citizens who have requested absentee ballots.

Ballots for others who want to vote absentee in the primary will be mailed on May 5, the last day for regular voter registration.

Late registration for the primary runs from May 6 through 8 p.m. on June 3, the day of the primary election

McCulloch says 61 percent of the ballots cast in the 2012 primary were absentee ballots.

Glasgow Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt Scheduled For Saturday
Thursday, April 17th 2014
The Glasgow Kiwanis Club will once again organize and host the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Glasgow scheduled for April 19th. Glasgow Kiwanis Club members are stuffing 2000 eggs for this yearly event.
This year’s hunt will be held at Hoyt Park next to the Glasgow Swimming Pool and will begin at 11am sharp! Please don’t be late or you may miss the fun!

FMDH and Reynolds Market graciously sponsored the Easter Eggs and candy for the Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt.

Age groups for the event are ages1-3, 4-5 and 6-8.

Special thanks to the City of Glasgow for letting the Kiwanis Club use Hoyt Park for the event.

If you have questions, contact Glasgow Kiwanis Club Member Stan Ozark at 228-9336.

Reminder – GHS Educational Trust Application Deadline July 1st
Thursday, April 17th 2014

Glasgow High School alumni who are attending college or vocational/technical school are reminded that they may be eligible for a financial gift from the Glasgow High School Educational Trust to assist with their educational expenses. Application deadlines are July 1st and October 15th of each year. Awards made during the summer are for both semesters of the upcoming school year, while those made in the fall are for the upcoming spring semester only.

The Glasgow High School Educational Trust was established by the GHS Class of 1938 in 1964. Since its inception, the trust has awarded over $1.5 million dollars in financial assistance to over 1,000 different alumni attending schools across the nation. Many of these students have received multiple gifts over their courses of study.

Students must have completed at least one year of college as a full-time student or one semester of vocational/technical school as a full-time student, be in good academic standing, and complete other requirements listed on the application, which is available on the trust’s website at http://www.ghsedutrust.org.

Man charged with assault, attempted kidnapping
Wednesday, April 16th 2014
(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The son of a man who drowned while ice fishing on Fort Peck Lake in January is charged with confronting his father's fishing buddy and threatening to kill him.

The Billings Gazette reports 25-year-old Tyler Daniel Gilstrap made an initial appearance in Justice Court Tuesday on charges of assault with a weapon and attempted kidnapping. Bail was set at $25,000.

Charging documents say the victim reported Gilstrap showed up at his home on April 11 and asked him about how his father died. The man said he was telling Gilstrap the story when Gilstrap called him a liar and pointed the gun at his head.

The man told investigators Gilstrap forced him outside and told him to get in the back of his pickup truck, saying "this is where you're gonna die."

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Absentee Ballots Mailed For Glasgow School Election
Wednesday, April 16th 2014
Absentee ballots for the May 6, 2014 Glasgow School District 1A annual election are now available at the School Administration Office located at 200 7th Street North in Glasgow. A qualified elector may obtain an absentee voter application by stopping by the office or by calling 228-2406. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is noon on May 5, 2014.

1205 absentee ballots were mailed on April 15th to those voters who have signed up as permanent absentee voters, provided they have returned their address confirmation form to the County Election Administrator. The deadline to return absentee ballots is the close of polls on Election Day, which is May 6, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Wolf Point to redraw districts for school board
Tuesday, April 15th 2014
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Wolf Point school district has agreed to redraw its voting districts for school board elections after an ACLU lawsuit argued the districts favored white voters in a predominantly Native American area.

The ACLU said Monday the settlement approved on April 9 calls for reducing the total number of school board members and redrawing districts so they all include nearly the same number of residents.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit after learning that members of the majority white voting district had been electing one board member for every 143 residents, while those in the Native American district had been electing one board member for every 841 residents.

The Wolf Point school website says 80 percent of its students are Native Americans.

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T. rex gets new home in Smithsonian dinosaur hall
Tuesday, April 15th 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Tyrannosaurus rex is joining the dinosaur fossil collection on the National Mall after a journey of more than 2,000 miles from Montana.

For the first time, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History will have a nearly complete T. rex skeleton. FedEx is delivering the dinosaur bones Tuesday in 16 crates.

Visitors can get their first look as curators examine each bone over the next six months. But it will take five years for the museum to overhaul its dinosaur hall with the T. rex mounted as the centerpiece of a $48 million gallery devoted to the history of life on Earth.

The T. rex was found in 1988 on federal land and was previously displayed at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont.

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Local Tax Deadline Is 4 p.m. Tuesday
Monday, April 14th 2014
For those of you waiting until the last minute to file your taxes, remember that the deadline to file by mail in Glasgow is at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15th.

Since the mail has to be shipped by truck from Glasgow to Billings, it isn't post-marked until it reaches the Billings mail center. That truck leaves Glasgow just after 4 o'clock, so if you mail something after that 4 p.m. deadline, it will not be post-marked until the NEXT day from Billings.

Bison meeting cancelled; plan timing uncertain
Monday, April 14th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The prospects for a state-wide bison conservation plan in Montana are uncertain after wildlife officials cancelled a public forum on the issue.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said Monday that livestock interests and wildlife advocates had complained about the format of the forum scheduled for April 15 and 16 in Lewistown.

Aasheim says the agency decided the meeting would have been counterproductive. He says it's now uncertain if the conservation plan can be completed by the end of 2015 as earlier anticipated.

Wildlife officials have struggled for years to reconcile bison restoration efforts with worries about disease and bison competing with livestock for grazing space.

Bison, or buffalo, once numbered the tens of millions in North America before overhunting drove them almost to extinction in the 1800s.

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Pipeline Protesters Carve Our Resistance Message
Monday, April 14th 2014
NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — Opponents of a proposed pipeline to carry Canadian oil south to the Gulf Coast have carved a message of resistance into a Nebraska field in the project's path. The 80-acre artwork reads "Heartland#NoKXL." Critics of the Keystone XL pipeline want President Barack Obama to reject the project because they fear it could contaminate groundwater and contribute to pollution.

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11 Senate Democrats to Obama: Approve Keystone XL
Friday, April 11th 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eleven Senate Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.

The senators say the five-year review of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline has been "exhaustive" and taken longer than reasonably justified. The letter sent Thursday says approval is needed to ensure the pipeline doesn't miss another construction season.

But politics is likely a larger factor. Six of the Democrats who signed the letter face challenges this year. They are Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, John Walsh of Montana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mark Warner of Virginia.

Democratic efforts to keep control of the Senate could hinge on those races.

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Fort Peck T-Rex Headed To Smithsonian Institution
Thursday, April 10th 2014
By Eileen Williamson, Public Affairs Specialist
Omaha District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

It plays like a dance...
Open the crate, photograph the contents of the crate, inspect the fossil, document it's condition... 1,2,3,4… 1,2,3,4

When a crate is opened, sometimes the first thing to see is a bunch of boxes, sometimes it's packing paper, foam wrap or plaster. Each box inside the crate is labeled to identify what body part is inside. Then, the box, the plaster, and the paper are opened.

There are dozens of elements within the collection including pieces that are at least 5 feet long and take up the length of an entire crate and pieces that are smaller than 5 centimeters, wrapped in foil and paper and stored in sealed plastic bags.

Following a checklist that identifies the crate, the box, the body part, and the bone piece; the team photographs and inspects the condition of each fossilized bone.

The specimen that is the focus of this delicate dance is identified as MOR 555, or Museum of the Rockies fossil specimen number 555, but is known to Montana and many as the Wankel T.rex and will soon be known to the world as "The Nation's T.rex."

In collaboration with the Museum of the Rockies, in Bozeman, Mont., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District entered an agreement to loan one of its two Tyrannosaurs Rex specimens to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History for 50 years.

This process marks the final task before Wankel T-Rex embarks on its journey to Washington D.C.

The official send-off at the Museum of the Rockies will follow three days of unpacking, inspecting and repacking the collection following a process the team refers to as condition reporting. The team is documenting a precise inventory of each bone and bone fragment, including a tiny arm, which was the first complete forelimb found with a T.rex and the fossils that launched the journey of the Wankel T.rex.

Pat Leiggi, Director of Exhibits and Administrative Director of Paleontology for the Museum of the Rockies, was the crew chief for excavating the Wankel T.rex from the shores of the Fort Peck Reservoir in the Nelson Creek Recreation area in Montana in 1990.

Reflecting on his first encounter with Kathy Wankel and her husband, in 1988, he said he remembered it was during lunch. Wankel showed him what she had found and he was pretty excited and felt pretty confident it was something special.

Since April 7, Leiggi, along with Carrie Ancell, Senior Preparator of Paleontology; and Bob Harmon, Chief Preparator of Paleontology - all with the Museum of the Rockies - who worked together on the original excavation of the Wankel T.rex have been reminiscing about the summer of 1990 when they worked with teams from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge to excavate what, at the time, was the most complete and one of the largest T.rex specimens ever found.

Also performing condition reporting with the original dig team are Brian Baziak, a preparator of paleontology for the Museum of the Rockies; Becky Kaczkowski, Winterthur Conservation Fellow from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History; Cathy Van Arsdale, a physical anthropologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections (MCX-CMAC); and Gail Celmer, Chief of the Cultural Resources Program for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division.

While USACE is actually the "owner" of the Wankel T.rex and Peck's Rex specimens Van Arsdale points out that the Corps is a steward of the lands placed in its trust and has a responsibility to ensure the proper care and treatment of discoveries such as the Wankel T.rex. Of course, the Corps isn't exactly in the business of excavating, preserving, studying, displaying or storing fossils.

The Museum of the Rockies is designated as a Federal repository for fossils, which means that when fossils are discovered on Federal lands, they may be placed within the collections at the Museum of the Rockies where they can be studied and perhaps advance the research taking place through Montana State University and led by professionals such as Leiggi and Jack Horner, Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies and a Regent's Professor at Montana State University. Horner is regarded as one of the world's foremost paleontologists and noted for fieldwork and research concerning dinosaur growth and behavior. He is also well known for his work as the technical advisor for the Jurassic Park movies and the inspiration for the movie's lead character, Dr. Alan Grant.

When the discovery was brought to the Museum of the Rockies, Horner, Leiggi and their team knew and followed the proper protocols for gaining a permit to excavate on Federal land. Since the discovery of the Wankel T.rex, a more formal partnership between the museum and the Corps has evolved and the museum continues to serve as a paleontological expert for the variety of fossils located around Fort Peck Lake and under the care of the USACE.

When the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the Rockies and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began the process of establishing the agreement, which would enable the USACE to place the Wankel T.rex specimen on loan to the Smithsonian for 50 years, the Corps looked to its Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections in the St. Louis District to lead up the USACE condition reporting process.

Dr. Sonny Trimble, MCX-CMAC Director, and Van Arsdale, a physical anthropologist, with the Center, work with a number of agencies to establish agreements to help preserve and protect items of historical significance and, when possible, make them available for the public good.

For Van Arsdale, this is the first dinosaur fossil she has worked with. She says its size has really made an impression on her. "The T.rex is enormous, powerful and intimidating. The size of a single vertebra is very impressive," said Van Arsdale.

"Sometimes you don't know exactly what you have," said Van Arsdale. One of the items in a plastic bag was identified as simply a bone fragment.

"In this line of work you never make assumptions," said Leiggi. "The fossils aren't usually found all in one piece. They are delicate and break apart. Sometimes you have all the pieces of the puzzle, sometimes you don't, and sometimes, we just identify the item as a fragment."

Kaczkowski takes notes about how items are packed, unpacked, and what her team at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will see when they unbox the specimen and perform another condition report in Washington D.C.

Van Arsdale is more frequently involved with the inventory of human remains and artifacts discovered on USACE lands.

"We have a very specific process that we follow when discoveries occur on Corps lands," said Van Arsdale. The Corps works to fulfill obligations to preserve and protect trust resources, comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), National Historic Preservation Act, the Archeological Resources Protection Act and ensures reasonable access to sacred sites and to repatriate remains and artifacts to their respective Tribes.

Next to the Smithsonian, the USACE is the largest holder of archaeological artifacts with more than 50,000 items and more than 3,000 linear feet of records. These artifacts and records are in the trust of the Corps and are managed through the Center.

Van Arsdale said the Center oversees Corps compliance for NAGPRA and regulations regarding archaeological curation.

Fossils in the Museum of the Rockies' Federal repository collection belong to various Federal agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Agreements with repositories such as the one with the Museum of the Rockies and Montana State University allow the items to be placed within collections, permitting scientists to evaluate and study the items, and protect and preserve them. While many fossils are on display at the museum, many more are in storage and being studied behind the scenes.

One of the more frequent questions Van Arsdale has been asked is how many bones are there? She said the specific number hasn't been determined yet because the inventory hasn't been completed. There are many small fragments of bone, fossils of other animals, and samples of soil and plant materials that were excavated with the Wankel fossil.

The entire collection is being shipped in 16 crates that were originally used to ship Peck's Rex, the "other" USACE T.rex specimen from eastern Montana to the Museum of the Rockies. The museum intends to put Peck's Rex on display sometime next year.

Another question, what happens after the 50 year loan ends? "The specimen will return to Montana and the Museum of the Rockies," said Van Arsdale.

With the condition reporting complete, crews will begin loading the crates for the cross country trip that will begin on April 11, following a send off celebration honoring members of the original dig team including Kathy Wankel who found the specimen.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History will receive the specimen and another team will repeat the condition reporting process to ensure the specimen wasn't damaged in transit.

The Smithsonian will also host a number of events, beginning April 15, to welcome the Nation's T.rex to the Nation's Capital.

State Parole Board To Consider Barry Beach's Application For Clemency
Thursday, April 10th 2014
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state Board of Pardons and Parole is scheduled to meet at the end of the month to consider Barry Beach's application for clemency in the 1979 killing of a Poplar teen.

Executive Director Fern Johnson tells the Great Falls Tribune the board is scheduled to meet April 29 in Deer Lodge to consider whether to accept Beach's application, which was filed in September.

Beach is asking the board to reduce his life prison sentence and make him eligible for parole or a commutation from Gov. Steve Bullock.

The board will take public comment and could make its decision that day or issue a decision later.

Beach has long maintained his innocence in the death of Kim Nees. He was released from prison in 2011 when a judge ordered a new trial. The Montana Supreme Court overturned the judge's decision.

Corps says plenty of room in Missouri reservoirs
Thursday, April 10th 2014
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers says there's plenty of room in upper Missouri River reservoirs to handle spring runoff.

But some groups are urging the corps to step up dam releases sooner rather than later, to guard against devastating flooding like the region experienced three years ago.

The corps is holding a series of public meetings in Missouri River states on its plans for managing the river this year. Meetings were held in Bismarck, N.D., and Pierre, S.D., on Wednesday.

Officials forecast runoff at 32 million acre feet — 27 percent above average but well below the 61 million acre feet recorded in 2011. Available storage in river reservoirs is about 53 million acre feet.

Still, Bruce Engelhardt with the North Dakota Water Commission says "constant vigilance must be maintained."

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Second Round of Glasgow Hunter Education Classes Scheduled
Thursday, April 10th 2014
GLASGOW, Mont. – A second round of hunter education classes in Glasgow is set for May 12-16.

Any person born after Jan. 1, 1985, must present a hunter education certificate in order to purchase a hunting license in Montana, and students must be at least 11 years old to be certified. Students over the age of 18 have the option of taking the course online through the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov.

The Glasgow classes will run each evening May 12-16 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the East Side Elementary School library. Students must attend each of the classes and are required to read their instruction manual before coming to the first class. The manuals can be picked up at the FWP Region 6 office during regular business hours.

A mandatory field day, where practical skills are tested, will take place from 8-11 a.m. on May 17 at the Valley Country Rifle & Pistol Range just north of Glasgow. Field day events are also open to students who took their course online, but they must register for it in advance through the FWP website.

May 1 is the deadline to apply for moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and bison licenses in Montana, and June 1 is the deadline to apply for Elk B and antelope licenses.

Class sizes for courses are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. Registration for the Glasgow classes is open now and is only being conducted online through the FWP website by going to the “Education” and “Hunter Education” sections and filling out the required information.
VCSO Arrests Valley County Woman On Drug Charges
Thursday, April 10th 2014
The Valley County Sheriff's Office has arrested Mary Ann Sutton, a Valley County resident, on a single drug charge and 2 misdemeanors.

The VCSO obtained a search warrant and searched her property 4 miles east of Glasgow on Wednesday morning at 9:30am. The VCSO confiscated numerous marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia.

Sutton was charged with Felony Criminal Production of marijuana, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Sutton remained incarcerated on Wednesday afternoon and Sheriff Meier said the investigation continues.

Two-Day Discussion Set For April 15-16 In Lewistown On Issues Related To Bison
Thursday, April 10th 2014
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a two-day discussion in Lewistown, April 15-16, on issues related to efforts to complete a bison conservation and management plan for Montana.

FWP has invited a diverse group of interests and a number of state and community leaders to continue to participate in the facilitated gathering at the Yogo Inn, 211 E. Main St. in Lewistown.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m. on April 15 and end at 4 p.m. on April 16.

This is the second gathering of bison interests. The first meeting, held in September, was intended to build trust and understanding among groups and individuals as they candidly discussed and examined bison conservation and management issues and the Montana Environmental Policy Act process.

"We've assembled a large discussion group to be representative of various constituencies," said Jeff Hagener, director of FWP in Helena. "The discussion is designed to review issues and possible alternatives as Montana moves ahead with an environmental impact statement for bison conservation and management."

The discussion group includes conservation and agricultural representatives, state and federal agencies, county commissioners, and state legislators. Members the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission also will participate.

Hagener stressed that the discussion will not lead to decisions beyond an appropriate range of bison management alternatives to consider, including a "no action" alternative.
Working group members will be available to informally visit with the public from 7-8:30 p.m. on April 15.

For a full agenda and to examine the framework for completion of a conservation and management plan that will guide discussions at the meeting, visit FWP online at fwp.mt.gov, then click "Bison Discussion Group". For information call 406-444-2612.

Judge John McKeon Rules That Yellowstone Park Bison Will Remain Classified Wild Even When Moved To Other Locations In Montana
Wednesday, April 9th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge says bison from Yellowstone National Park still count as wild animals even after they were relocated and placed into fenced pastures.

The ruling shoots down a claim from some eastern Montana officials and property rights advocates who argued that relocated bison fall under authority of the Department of Livestock.

District Judge John McKeon wrote in Monday's order that state law allows the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to capture, confine or relocate bison. He says such activities do not change the animal's wild status.

The plaintiffs sued in 2012 hoping to stop the relocation of 68 bison to central Montana's Fort Belknap and Fort Peck Indian reservations.

State wildlife officials last week announced plans to relocate a group of roughly 135 Yellowstone bison before next winter.

City Of Glasgow Looking At Upgrading Water Treatment Plant And Water Distribution System
Tuesday, April 8th 2014
The City of Glasgow is looking at upgrading its water treatment plant and water distribution system but the cost is significant. A preliminary engineering report from Morrison-Mairele indicates the cost could be over $7.5 million dollars.

The existing water treatment plant was constructed in 1966 to treat groundwater but the plant was upgraded to treat surface water in 1987 and the last significant upgrade was in 1995.

Morrison-Mairele is recommending a new process to remove solids from the raw water. They are recommending a Contact Adsorption Clarifier which is ideal for low turbidity water, more cost effective, better treatment process and has more capacity to treat water. A new filtration system is also recommended which would involve new media filters, a building expansion, more flexibility for operators and easier future rehabilitation. As part of the retrofit there would also be electrical and control upgrades, chlorine system upgrade, high lift pump upgrade and heating and lighting upgrades.

The total cost of the new treatment systems plus other upgrades would total $4,670,000.

As part of this upgrade there would also be upgrades to the water distribution systems. This would include Highland Booster Pump Station upgrades, 4th Street North water main replacement, 7th Street Reservoir improvements and Highland Reservoir improvements.

The cost of these upgrades would total $1,054,700.

When you factor in that costs would increase by the time construction starts on these projects plus engineering design and construction services and grant administration and financial costs the project could cost $7,566,100.

The Glasgow City Council has hired a company to research how to pay for these upgrades and at this time if all the grants and low interest loans fall into place their wouldn't be a water rate increase for Glasgow residents.

Residents of the City of Glasgow had a water rate increase in November of 2013 and another one going into effect in May with the combined average water and sewer rate per household at $80.88. This is an increase of 57% over the past 10 years.

The Glasgow City Council will consider approving the preliminary engineering report and identified proposed water system improvements project at their April 21st meeting.

Reservoir system ready to capture runoff from high mountain snowpack
Saturday, April 5th 2014
OMAHA, Neb. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Basin Water Management Division has increased the annual runoff forecast for the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, to 32.0 million acre feet (MAF), 127 percent of normal. Typically, the average annual runoff volume is 25.2 MAF. Runoff during March was 4.2 MAF, 142 percent of normal, as a result of plains snowmelt runoff and ice breakup on the Missouri River and its tributaries.

As of April 3, mountain snowpack was 132 percent of normal in the reach above Fort Peck Dam, and 140 percent of normal in the reach between Fort Peck and Garrison Dams. The mountain snowpack typically peaks in mid-April, and runoff from the melting snow enters the reservoir system from May through July.

The total volume of water stored in the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System is 53.2 MAF, which is still below the base of the annual flood control and multiple use zone of 56.1 MAF.

“It's important to remember that in 2011, we had high runoff from three sources in the Missouri River Basin: mountain snowpack, plains snowpack, and rainfall,” emphasizes Farhat. “Only one of those conditions exists today: the above normal mountain snowpack.” The current mountain snowpack is near the same levels as this time in 2011 yet still below the peak levels seen in 2011. Plains snowpack was generally light this year, and system storage ended March 8.5 MAF lower than in 2011. “The Corps will continue to monitor the plains and mountain snowpack, basin soil conditions, and rainfall events to fine tune the regulation of the reservoir system based on the most up-to-date information,” said Farhat.

Region 6 Hunter & Bowhunter Education Instructors Receiving Awards
Friday, April 4th 2014
HAVRE, Mont. – Ten volunteer instructors affiliated with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6 hunter and bowhunter education program will be recognized with service awards at a workshop and luncheon April 12 at Havre’s Duck Inn.

All service award recipients receive a plaque, and other awards are made for additional years of service. Award recipients this year include:
· 20-year Bowhunter Education Award: Rick Robinette, Circle
· 20-year Hunter Education Award: Don Holden, Havre
· 15-year Hunter Education Award: Gifford Fjeld, Hinsdale
· 10-year Hunter Education Award: Doug Shennum, Circle; Scott Thompson, Malta; Mark Brandt and Leanne Brandt, Glasgow
· 5-year Hunter Education Award: Bill Viste, Nashua; Ron Jackson, Wolf Point; Andrew Olson, Westby.

State law requires anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1985, to present a hunter education certificate in order to purchase a hunting license in Montana. While run and certified by FWP, nearly all hunter and bowhunter education courses are taught by volunteer instructors, who dedicate many hours of their time to the program year after year.

New volunteer instructors are now needed in various communities across the Hi-Line. For more information or to request an application, please email rselden@mt.gov or call 406-228-3704.
FWP Region 6 Elk & Bighorn Sheep Survey Results Tabulated
Friday, April 4th 2014

GLASGOW, Mont. – The most-recent aerial surveys of elk populations in the Region 6 portions of the Missouri River Breaks and the Bears Paw Mountains south of Havre indicate a sizeable increase in animals in both areas over survey numbers that were last gathered.

According to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 Wildlife Program Manager Mark Sullivan, biologists flew the surveys in Breaks Hunting Districts 621 and 622 and then in HDs 631 and 632. A total of 1,950 elk were counted in HD 621 and 622, and a total of 646 elk were observed this winter in HDs 631 and 632. In the Bears Paw Mountains survey area, a total of 832 elk were counted this year in HD 680 and 690.

In HDs 621 and 621, the 2014 survey numbers are comparable to the numbers gathered two years ago. In HDs 631 and 632, observed numbers this year are up approximately 45 percent from the last count. Elk numbers in the Bears Paw Mountains study area are up 127 percent from the last count and 134 percent above the long-term average.

Sullivan said elk population data for these surveys, as in past years, should be considered conservative since not all elk on the ground can be spotted during the flights. Survey conditions ranged from good to excellent, depending on the depth of snow cover, which helps observers spot both animals and tracks.
The surveys in the Breaks hunting districts were flown in February, while the Bears Paw area survey was conducted in early March. The counts were completed by FWP biologists Scott Thompson of Malta, Scott Hemmer of Havre and Drew Henry of Glasgow.

The elk surveys were coordinated with others Breaks hunting districts, including HD 410, to avoid duplicating animal observations. There was one group of 50-100 elk tracks crossing the Missouri River southward into HD 410 during the HD 621 survey, and those animals are thought to have been accounted for in that FWP Region 4 district. Similarly, a group of 217 elk crossed east into HD 631 after being observed in HD 622 the day prior. This group is accounted for only in the HD 622 survey data.

The elk cow-calf ratio in HDs 621 and 622 in this year’s count is 37 calves per 100 cows, and the bull-cow ratio is 51 bulls to 100 cows. In HDs 631 and 632, this year’s cow-calf ratio is estimated at 52 calves per 100 cows, and the bull-cow ratio is 45 bulls per 100 cows.

In the Bears Paw Mountains survey area, the current cow-calf ratio is 39 cows per 100 calves, which is down 25 percent from the long-term average. The HD 680 and 690 bull-cow ratio this year is 63 bulls to 100 cows, which is 11 percent below the long-term average. In particular, the cow-calf numbers represent recent reproductive success.

Sullivan said the survey zone in the Bears Paw Mountains area was expanded slightly further south along Cow Creek this year because of previous elk observations in the area. Elk “B” licenses in HD 680 and 690 were increased from 150 licenses to 300 licenses in 2010, and a management season was implemented in part of the district this past winter.

In spite of the management changes, however, elk numbers in HD 680 and 690 have remained well above the district’s management objective of 250 animals. The high numbers are in large part due to a lack of access for public hunting in the area.

Mule deer observations were also tracked in the Breaks hunting districts. Sullivan said the deer were not sought out, but counted incidentally to the elk surveys. A total of 916 mule deer were counted HD 631 and 632. An additional 1,118 mule deer were observed during the surveys in HD 621 and HD 622. This was compared to 551 mule deer observed during the 2012 Breaks survey in those districts.

Bighorn sheep also were surveyed across all habitat in sheep Hunting District 622 from Mickey and Brandon Buttes to the Bone Trail area east of Timber Creek. Sullivan said a record-high total of 299 sheep was observed, as compared to the 218 sheep that were spotted during the 2012 survey.

Ninety-eight rams were counted this year, putting the overall ram-ewe ratio at 70 rams per 100 ewes. In 2012, 78 rams were observed, which put the ratio at 85 rams per 100 ewes. Lamb ratios have also stayed relatively high, with 64 lambs observed this year. This year’s lamb-ewe ratio is 47 lambs per 100 ewes. Sullivan said that’s compared to a 51 to 100 lamb-to-ewe ratio in 2012, and a long-term average of 42 lambs per 100 ewes.

Nearly all of the increase in sheep numbers in recent years is occurring in the Larb Hills and Ironstake Ridge portion of the habitat, with overall numbers there increasing 55 percent between 2012 and 2014.

In the Mickey and Brandon Butte area, sheep numbers have been stagnant-to-decreasing since 2006. Sullivan said the decrease could be attributed to several factors, including past over-utilization of habitat on this relatively small range, as well as predation.
Fort Peck Water Levels Expected To Increase 14 Feet This Summer
Thursday, April 3rd 2014
The United States Army Corps of Engineers said that water levels on Fort Peck Lake are expected to increase 14 feet this summer due to a large amount of snowpack in the mountains of Montana.

John Daggett told Kltz/Mix-93 that with normal precipitation this summer that Fort Peck will increase 14 feet and if there is plentiful spring moisture that could increase even more.

Water levels on Fort Peck currently at elevation of 2224.7. On April 1st of last year the level was 2222.

Last year, water levels on Fort Peck were down and the lake only increased to 2227 in July. The forecast for this year expectes the levels to get to 2238.

The Corps' Missouri River Basin Water Management Division will host five public meetings throughout the basin, between April 8 and 10, to update stakeholders on current hydrologic conditions, and the planned operation of the Mainstem Reservoir System through 2014.

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

April 8, 1 pm NWS Training Center, 7220 NW 101st Terrace, Kansas City, Mo.

April 8, 7 pm Lewis and Clark Center, 100 Valmont Drive, Nebraska City, Neb.

April 9, 11 am Capitol Lake Visitor Center, 650 East Capitol Ave, Pierre, SD

April 9, 7 pm Bismarck Civic Center, 315 S 5th St, Bismarck, ND

April 10, 10 am Fort Peck Interpretive Center, Yellowstone Road, Fort Peck, Mont.

Malta School To Hold Classes Today
Thursday, April 3rd 2014
Students attending Malta public schools will head back to class on Thursday after school was canceled on Wednesday due to a bomb threat.

Malta superintendent Kris Kuehn was notified on Tuesday afternoon of a bomb threat at the high school, and believed it was credible enough to warrant closing school on Wednesday to allow the Phillips County Sheriff's Office to investigate.

Kuehn says that classes will resume on Thursday, April 3rd, and that to make up for lost instructional time, all remaining 2:45 dismissal days will become 3:10 dismissals.

Officials are continuing to investigate the incident.

Former Hi-Line Legislator Pleads Guilty To Theft, Bribery And Tax Evasion Charges
Thursday, April 3rd 2014
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A former state legislator has pleaded guilty to theft, bribery and tax evasion charges.

Prosecutors say Tony Belcourt used his position as head of the Chippewa Cree Construction Corp. to award federal money to contractors and consultants.
Prosecutors say those companies kicked back hundreds of thousands of dollars to him between 2009 and 2011.

Belcourt appeared in U.S. District Court Wednesday after reaching plea deals with federal prosecutors in four of six indictments. The other two related cases are pending.
Prosecutors agreed in the plea deal to drop dozens of other charges and recommend that Belcourt's sentences run concurrently.

He faces a maximum of three to 10 years in prison on each of the four charges he pleaded guilty to Wednesday.

Sentencing has been set for Aug. 14.

Baaken Oil Production Expected To Average 1.1 Million Barrels Per Day This Year
Thursday, April 3rd 2014
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A research and consulting firm estimates that oil production in North Dakota and Montana will average 1.1 million barrels per day this year.

Wood Mackenzie anticipates that oil production in the North Dakota and Montana sections of the Bakken and Three Forks formations will grow to 1.7 million barrels per day in 2020.

The company announced its estimates on Wednesday.

Wood Mackenzie projects that $15 billion will be spent on drilling and completion of wells by Bakken players in 2014.

The company says there is close to $118 billion in remaining value in the American portions of the Bakken and Three Forks formations, which also stretch into Canada's Saskatchewan and Manitoba provinces.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council expects that state alone to hit 1 million barrels per day in June.

Montana seeks proposals to take quarantined bison
Wednesday, April 2nd 2014
A new home is being sought for a group of roughly 135 bison that came through an experimental program to see if animals from Yellowstone National Park can be used to establish herds in Montana or elsewhere.

After earlier attempts to move them ran into opposition, more than 80 bison captured from the park and their offspring have been held since 2010 on a ranch near Bozeman owned by philanthropist Ted Turner.

Under a deal hatched by former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Turner cared for the animals and gets to keep 75 percent of the offspring. That’s expected to be more than 150 bison after spring calving.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to pass the remaining animals over to public agencies or organizations interested in starting “conservation herds.”

Yellowstone bison are highly prized for their genetic purity.

Federal animal health officials tested the bison proposed for transfer twice annually since the first were captured in 2005 to make sure they don’t have brucellosis. That’s a disease that can cause pregnant animals to prematurely abort and is carried by about half of Yellowstone’s bison.

Officials say proposals to take the bison on Turner’s ranch are due by April 30. They could be moved by November when the state’s agreement with Turner expires.

Wildlife officials said interested parties will have to show how they intend to manage the bison, including whether hunting will be allowed and future population size objectives.

Another group of bison that went through the disease testing program were transferred to the Montana’s Fort Peck and Fort Belknap tribes in 2012.

The move came over intense opposition from livestock groups and some state lawmakers, who continue to worry about brucellosis and the potential for bison to compete with livestock and knock down fencing.

Valley County Unemployment Rate Decreases In February
Tuesday, April 1st 2014
The unemployment rate in Valley County for February decreased from 4.4% to 4.2% according to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.

Numbers released last week show that Valley County has a workforce of 4,048 and 3,880 of that workforce is employed.

The February unemployment rate of 4.2% compares to 4.4% in January and 5.2% in February of 2013.

The labor force in Valley County continues to swell as the labor force of 4,048 is significantly larger then February of 2013 when it was 3,866. In fact, if you go back to February of 2010, the labor force in Valley County was just 3,510.

The labor force in Valley County is now larger and the unemployment rate is smaller indicating that the economy in Valley County continues to be strong.

Amtrak to change Empire Builder train schedule
Tuesday, April 1st 2014
(Information in the following story is from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Amtrak officials say the company is changing the schedules of its Empire Builder passenger train because of congestion from increasing oil freight along the line.

The Empire Builder runs daily between Chicago, Seattle and Portland, Ore., passing through Glacier National Park. In recent months, it has been consistently late because of freight traffic, particularly trains from the Bakken oil region.

Freight derailments on the line and avalanches also have contributed to the delays this winter.

Eastbound trains from Seattle and Portland will depart three hours earlier, at 1:40 p.m., starting April 15. Westbound trains will run more than an hour later than they usually do.

Empire Builder route director Jim Brzezinski tells the Flathead Beacon Amtrak hopes to return the passenger train to its normal schedule in June.

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FWP Region 6 Using Helicopter for Stocking Fish in Some Area Ponds
Tuesday, April 1st 2014
GLASGOW, Mont. – For the first time, the Fort Peck Multi-Species Fish Hatchery will be using one of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks helicopters to stock fingerling rainbow trout to many Region 6 public and private ponds that are opened for public fishing.

In the past, the ponds – which are included in the “Region 6 Pond Fishing Guide” published and distributed free by the FWP -- were stocked using pickup trucks, said Hatchery Manager Wade Geraets.

“We plan to begin helicopter stocking on April 16 and continue through completion, likely on April 18,” Geraets said. “We are also working in conjunction with the FWP Region 7 helicopter plants that are scheduled earlier that same week out of FWP’s Miles City Fish Hatchery.”

Geraets said the Fort Peck Hatchery will stock two-inch-long Arlee rainbow trout, which are commonly known as fingerlings. These fish were received as eggs from FWP’s Jocko River Hatchery late last December.

Members of the public should be aware that the helicopter will be flying north and east of Glasgow and south and east of Scobey, between Culbertson, Circle and Richey, north and west of Plentywood, north and south of Chinook; and on federal Bureau of Land Management lands and private areas east of the DY-Junction area of the Missouri River Breaks south of Malta. A total of 37 ponds will be stocked this way in Region 6, Geraets said.

“We also have a couple of large fingerling stocks, and all of our catchable-size rainbow trout stocks will be planted using pickups as in previous years,” he said.

Geraets said there are several reasons to switch to helicopter stocking. First is that it will relieve stress on the fish because they can be stocked much earlier in the year than before. Comparisons of overall costs of stocking with a helicopter versus state pickups will need to be evaluated once the fish have been moved.

“Due to Mother Nature, we are sometimes forced to stock the trout in late May and into June because we are unable to get our vehicles into certain areas,” Geraets said. “By waiting this long, water temperatures in some of these ponds increase to levels that create more stress and higher mortality rates for the fish.”

For more information about the upcoming changes in the pond stocking program, call Geraets at 406-526-3689, Ext. 205.
Glasgow Kiwanis Club To Organize And Host Annual Easter Egg Hunt On April 19th
Tuesday, April 1st 2014
The Glasgow Kiwanis Club will once again organize and host the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Glasgow scheduled for April 19th. Glasgow Kiwanis Club members are stuffing 2000 eggs for this yearly event.

This year’s hunt will be held at Hoyt Park next to the Glasgow Swimming Pool and will begin at 11am sharp! Please don’t be late or you may miss the fun!

FMDH and Reynolds Market graciously sponsored the Easter Eggs and candy for the Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt.

Age groups for the event are ages1-3, 4-5 and 6-8.

Special thanks to the City of Glasgow for letting the Kiwanis Club use Hoyt Park for the event.

If you have questions, contact Glasgow Kiwanis Club Member Stan Ozark at 228-9336.

Valley County Sheriff's Office Investigates Shooting Incident West Of Glasgow
Monday, March 31st 2014
The Valley County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting incident west of Glasgow and charges are expected to be filed against two juvenile males.

According to Sheriff Glen Meier, the VCSO was called to an incident where a resident of a home near the bowling alley west of Glasgow heard a gunshot and a bullet went through her house and stuck in a wall.

The VCSO investigated the incident and determined that 2 juvenile males were playing with a gun when the gun fired and the bullet traveled 4/10th's of a mile and hit the house located in a subdivision near El Cor Del Bowling.

No injuries occurred as a result of this incident but Sheriff Meier said charges will be filed against the juveniles and the investigation continues by the VCSO

Longest Dam Race Is June 21
Friday, March 28th 2014
Tired of the long winter-then think Summer. Think of getting into shape by taking a walk or run enjoying the sounds and smells of the great outdoors with family and friends. Think about a day at Kiwanis Park at Fort Peck Lake, MT. Think about signing up for the 20th Annual Longest Dam Race to be held June 21, 2014 at Fort Peck Dam, Fort Peck MT.

The race offers something for everyone. The race begins with the 10k run and will cross 1.8 miles of the Fort Peck Dam. The 5k run/walk begins at the top of Fort Peck Dam, which participants are bused to the start, and will go down a gravel road for approximately 1K and finish at Kiwanis Park. The one-mile run/walk will be will be on the Nature Trail at Kiwanis Park, which is a flat course that is paved. This Course is perfect for all ages and is very fun for the whole family. The bike route begins at Kiwanis Park. The novice bike route is an out and back course over flat terrain for approximately 10 miles, and finishes at Kiwanis Park. The bike course has flaggers in the front and rear to ensure safety on the road. All races are assisted by FMDH EMT’s, local law enforcement, the Montana Army National Guard and dozens of volunteers.

The race concludes with an awards ceremony at Kiwanis’s Park. Early Bird registration is $18.00 for each participant and $5.00 for each additional event, and must be postmarked by May 31, 2014. The entry fee is $20 starting June 1st. Participants 14 years old and younger the fee is $10.00. The first 75 entries will receive a free ticket for the Saturday June 21 performance of Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre. Fort Peck offers other activities for families and visitors, fishing, the Fort Peck Interpretive Center, Warm Water Multi-Species Fish Hatchery, swimming and watchable wildlife tours.

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

Glasgow Area Chamber Of Commerce & Agriculture Announces Launches The Annual Longest Dam Race T-Shirt Contest
Friday, March 28th 2014
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is launching its annual Longest Dam Race T-Shirt contest.

The 20th Annual Longest Dam Race will take place on June 21, 2014 at Kiwanis Park in Ft Peck, MT. The annual logo contest is meant to spur the imaginations of the young and old alike in the area. The Chamber is calling all artists to create a concept design that uses the events of the longest dam race along with the power houses as the theme. The events of the race include a 5 mile bicycle race, 10K & 5K run, along with a 5K walk and 1mile walk/run.

The logo must include the race name & date: 20th Annual Longest Dam Race 2014, Fort Peck, Montana. We encourage all entrants to be as creative as they wish and use a hand drawn logo. We will accept computer art, however, the design will be limited to two colors.

The winner of the contest will receive a free t-shirt and a complimentary entry to the race. The final t-shirt design consideration will be at the discretion of the Chamber.

April 28th @ 3:00p.m. is the contest deadline.

For more information contact the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture at 406-228-2222 or chamber@glasgowmt.net.

4 Candidates Vying For Glasgow School Board
Friday, March 28th 2014
There are now 4 candidates for 2 positions on the Glasgow School Board. The May 6th School Election will feature two levy requests along with a 4 person race for 2 positions on the board.

The 4 candidates include incumbents, Dave Irving, Patt Etchart and challengers, John Daggett and Suzanne Billingsley.

The school election will be held on May 6th.

Judge To Decide If Murder Suspect Fit For Trial
Wednesday, March 26th 2014
SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — Starkly different images of a Colorado man charged with killing a teacher in Montana's oil patch have emerged from a hearing to determine whether the suspect is fit for trial.

Prosecutors cast 24-year-old Michael Keith Spell as a manipulative if mentally challenged conniver, eager to reduce his punishment by playing up his intellectual disability.

Defense experts describe Spell as easily confused and prone to forget facts within minutes. They say that leaves him unable to meaningfully participate in the complex murder case he faces for the alleged killing of 43-year-old Sherry Arnold.

After two days of testimony, Montana District Judge Richard Simonton said Tuesday he'll rule soon on whether Spell is fit for trial.

If convicted in Arnold's January 2012 murder, Spell could face the death sentence.

An accomplice pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors.
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Groundbreaking At New Irle Elementary School
Tuesday, March 25th 2014
Glasgow School Officials broke ground on a new elementary school on Monday joined by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Denise Juneau. Officials had shiny shovels that they used to break the ground on the new school which is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Irle Elementary students were on hand for the groundbreaking on a windy, cold March morning.

The new school will house grades grade k-5. The current Irle school houses grades k-4.

Glasgow School Voters approved a $16.8 million dollar bond issue in March of 2013 to construct a new elementary school along with renovations to the East Side School and the Glasgow High School.

The renovation at the East Side School are currently ongoing and should be completed by the upcoming school year in August of 2014. Renovations at the Glasgow High School should also be completed by August of 2014.

Renovations at Glasgow High School include moving the school district's kitchen from Irle School to the GHS along with building a new entryway to the main office and also a new entryway at the gym entrance. The locker rooms will also be renovated in the gymnasium.

Fort Peck Reservoir Research Findings & 2014 Fishing Outlooks Released
Tuesday, March 25th 2014
GLASGOW, Mont. – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists say lower Fort Peck Reservoir water levels have had an impact on some fish populations, but benefits are still being realized from good water years in 2008 through 2011.

“Since 2011, water levels have dropped 29 feet and approximately 65,000 surface acres have been lost on Fort Peck,” said FWP Biologist Heath Headley. “That acreage equals nearly two Canyon Ferry Reservoirs.”

Fort Peck Reservoir elevations rose only a foot from January through June of 2013. The impact of these operations is that no shoreline vegetation was flooded during the spring and early summer, resulting in significantly less habitat available for fish to use. With declining reservoir elevations, most fish populations have generally followed a similar declining pattern, Headley said.
Annual netting surveys in 2013 indicated relative abundance of walleye decreased from a record 6.8 per net in 2012 to 4.8 per net. However, Headley noted that this is still above the long-term average of 3.6 walleye per net.

“Walleye in the 15-to-20-inch range continued to be the most abundant due to a very large group of five-year-old fish, but anglers should be encouraged because good numbers of walleye more than 25 inches long continue to be measured during these sampling efforts,” he said.

Northern pike relative abundance decreased from a record 5.0 in 2012 to 3.2 per net in 2013. Similar to walleye, however, northern pike relative abundance is still above the long-term average. Headley said this is attributed to increased spawning and rearing habitat created by the flooded shoreline vegetation over the past few years. Most pike sampled during this time were between 20 and 28 inches long and averaged close to four pounds.

Abundance of shoreline forage fish such as yellow perch, crappie, spottail shiners and emerald shiners decreased in 2013 following declining reservoir elevations. Most of these shoreline forage fish are now at or below long-term averages, he said.

“Unlike the high water years of 2010-12, young-of-year and age-one-plus yellow perch numbers in 2013 declined greatly due to the lack of spawning and rearing habitat as well as increased predation from a growing walleye and northern pike population,” Headley said. “It should also be noted that we observed a decrease in condition of the small-to-medium-sized walleye during our annual sampling. Shoreline forage fish are a critical component for the growth and survival of these smaller walleye.”

In contrast, netting results for cisco, an important coldwater forage fish, showed a substantial increase in young-of-year individuals from less-than-one per net in 2012 to 191 per net in 2013.

“This was more than double the long-term average and the fifth-largest year class recorded,” Headley said. “While this is great news for the medium-to-larger-sized walleye, northern pike, Chinook salmon, and lake trout, it may make things a bit more difficult for anglers. Anglers may have to change tactics in 2014 by fishing deeper as summer progresses and when corresponding water temperatures warm. Warmer temperatures will force cisco to head to deeper, cooler water where larger predatory fish will pursue this abundant food source.”

Several record-breaking fish from Fort Peck Reservoir were also noted in 2013. One angler caught a smallmouth bass that went 6.7 pounds, and another angler caught a channel catfish that weighed in at 34.8 pounds. Also, fisheries staff captured one of the largest Chinook salmon ever during last fall’s egg-taking operation, a lunker that tipped the scales at 29.5 pounds.

“The surge in all types of forage fish numbers created from the high water years clearly gave these species the extra boost they needed to attain trophy weights.” Headley explained.

If Fort Peck continues to be operated in the same manner and there is not a substantial increase in reservoir levels, anglers can expect to see reduced growth and survival of their favorite game fish species.

And that’s despite a snowpack in the Missouri River drainage above the reservoir that currently sits about 122 percent of the 30-year average. If retained in the reservoir – instead of being largely allowed to flow through it -- that runoff would contribute to rises in water levels that would benefit fish, Headley said.
Minnesota Man Ordered to Pay $2,070 in Phillips County Illegal Elk Case
Tuesday, March 25th 2014
GLASGOW, Mont. – A Minnesota man has been ordered to pay $2,070 in fines and restitution for allowing his teenage son to illegally kill a 5x5 bull elk in the Larb Hills area of the Missouri River Breaks during the 2013 archery hunting season.

Troy A. Carlson, 48, lives in the St. Paul suburb of Inver Grove Heights, but his family owns property in the Larb Hills. The elder Carlson was cited by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Warden Ben Morin for possession of the illegal elk and hunting without a license by accountability for allowing his son to shoot and kill the animal without a permit. The minor son was not charged.

Carlson entered into a deferred-prosecution plea agreement in Phillips County Justice Court in Malta, where he forfeited the fines and restitution. Morin said Carlson also agreed to not apply for any archery elk permits in Blaine, Phillips and Valley counties for one year, which covers the 2014 hunting season.

Morin was responding to a trespassing call from the family’s Blue Ridge Ranch last Sept. 24, when he stopped along a public road to talk with Troy Carlson and his son, who had the dead elk in the back of their truck.

Further investigation and a search warrant that was authorized on the family’s ranch revealed that Carlson’s son did not have the proper permit to kill the animal. Morin said the elk, archery equipment, and other evidence was seized as part of the case.

In 2010, Troy A. Carlson and several other members of his family agreed to pay a total of $50,000 in restitution and fines to the state of Montana for illegal baiting of elk, hunting without licenses and/or permits, illegal outfitting, and other wildlife-related crimes on the same Phillips County property.

Scottie Cheerleaders Finish Second In Cheerfest
Monday, March 24th 2014
Glasgow High School Cheerleaders competed in CHEERFEST 2014 on Saturday in Lewistown.

The competition included brackets for jazz/tap dancers, mascots, cheerleaders, stunt groups, & individual jumps.

The Scottie girls took 2nd place in the Class B division for High School Cheer.

Tayte Prewett, Lauren Runningen, & Abigail Helland made it to the semi-finals in the Jump-Off Competition.

MSU & UM had cheerleaders in attendance to assist and give out information for any seniors interested in becoming part of the university dance & cheer squads.

GHS Cheer coaches are Sereta Heser and Jorey Garsjo.

GHS Cheerleaders in attendance: Josie Braaten, Fallon Larsen, Maddie Hansen, Abigail Helland, Alexa Shipp, Tayte Prewett, Lauren Runningen, Breanna Barstad, Des’Rea Dible, McKenna Gagne

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