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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each of FWP’s seven administrative regions has a volunteer CAC to help guide policies and programs. The Region 6 group meets three times a year, and will be recruiting for new CAC members this fall. For more information about the Region 6 Citizens’ Advisory Committee, visit the FWP Web site at fwp.mt.gov/regions/r6/cac/.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Sage Grouse Meeting Set For October 1
Tuesday, August 25th 2015
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Bureau of Land Management are working together to develop new methods for mapping land cover across sage grouse habitat in Montana. The land cover mapping method under development combines high resolution aerial photography with high precision digital photography from representative ground locations throughout Valley County.

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

The public is invited to a meeting sponsored by the Valley County NRCS to meet NRCS and BLM specialists and members of the NWM field crews to learn more about this project and provide their input on the mapping products being developed.

The meeting will be held at the USDA Service Center 54062 US Hwy 2 W, October 1st at 1 p.m. Contact Tracy Cumber at 406-228-4321 extension 126 for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


On behalf of the members of The Glasgow Fire Department

Brandon Brunelle

Glasgow Fire Chief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2015 Can-Am Fort Peck Sailing Regatta
Fort Peck Marina

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tanja Fransen
Glasgow Levee Committee/Local Emergency Planning Committee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please contact GHS Administration if you have any further questions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First time recipients:

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

Second time recipients:

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

Third time recipients:

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

Fourth time recipients:

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

Fifth time recipient:

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

The following gifts to GHS were also awarded:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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