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Hunters Stumble Upon Dead Body Near Glasgow Thursday #### Update(Name of Hunter has been released)
Friday, October 31st 2014
Montana Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash after a group of hunters stumbled on a dead body inside a wrecked SUV near Glasgow on Thursday.

MHP estimates the initial wreck occurred on Sept. 19 after a 52-year-old man from Rock Springs, Wyo., drove off Gilberson Road, about a mile west of Highway 24, near Glasgow.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier had identified the man as Kevin Arell Coverdell.

Coverdell was driving a GMC Suburban east when he drove off the road, hit an old piece of farm equipment and then flipped down a steep embankment, landing upside down.

Coverdell was not ejected; his body was trapped inside for 42 days before it was found Thursday by a group of hunters in the area.

MHP is investigating the incident.

Story courtesy of Billings Gazette.


Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/hunters-find-dead-body-in-suv-that-had-been-there/article_22f52b94-8f36-5bdf-8946-70e79426fcc6.html#ixzz3Hj0krhc4

Updated Pictures Of Construction Of New Elementary School
Friday, October 31st 2014
The Glasgow School District has updated pictures of the construction of the new elementary school being built in Glasgow.

Progress has been moving quickly as construction crews try to close up the building before winter. The new school is set to open in August of 2015

http://glasgow.k12.mt.us/District/Department/34-Irle-Elementary-228-2419/Gallery/

Lisa Olk Of Glasgow Elected President Of Montana Association Of Chamber Executives
Friday, October 31st 2014
The Belgrade Chamber of Commerce hosted the Fall meeting of the Montana Association of Chamber Executives (MACE) recently. Chambers of commerce around Montana are separate organizations, but meet semi-annually for professional development and networking.

The featured presenter at the Fall 2014 Conference was Jeff Kline, President and CEO of Accrinet, a web design and Internet marketing company serving nonprofits and businesses nationwide. He presented The 2015 Practical Guide to the Web. Other speakers represented US Chamber of Commerce, Gateway Pacific Alliance, and Charter Business.

Members selected their 2015 officers during the conference. They are:

- President, Lisa Olk of the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce;

- 1st Vice President, Heather Burnham of the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce;

- 2nd Vice President, Daryl Schleim of the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce; and

- Secretary, Nancy MacBride and Treasurer, Webb Brown, both of the Montana Chamber of Commerce, based in Helena.

"It is a privilege and an honor for me to serve as the President of MACE," said Olk. My goal is to increase the number of smaller chambers involvement into this phenomenal organization. MACE provides the much-needed knowledge and training to new and existing Chambers throughout the state. Networking ideas and practices within our organization is critical to each individual chamber's success."

Overall MACE sponsors are Associated Employers, EBMS, Liberty Mutual, Montana State Fund, and NorthWestern Energy. Conference sponsors included Sime Construction, Big Sky Western Bank, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Montana Chamber of Commerce, Charter Business and Gateway Pacific Alliance.

The purpose of MACE is to provide training, education and networking; connecting staff and volunteers as a statewide resource. The Spring 2015 Conference will be held April 30-May 1, 2014 at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow and hosted by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. For additional information about MACE, including sponsoring MACE and/or the conference, contact Nancy at: nancy@montanachamber.com or 888-442-MONT (6668).


Absentee Ballots Continue To Arrive At Valley County Elections Office
Thursday, October 30th 2014
1662 registered voters in Valley County have already cast their ballots in advance of the November 4th General Election. Due to relaxed absentee voter laws in Montana many voters now choose to cast their ballot by absentee rather then go to the polls on election day.

Almost half of the registered voters in Valley County choose to vote absentee and of the 2,252 voters who requested a absentee ballot, 72% half turned their ballots in to the election office.

Voter turnout in Valley County currently is at 34% with nearly 600 absentee ballots yet to be returned and of course this is not counting the plentiful voters who choose to vote on election day.

Voter turnout in Valley County was just 49% during the primary election in June but turnout for the last general election in 2012 was 82%.

New Reports Filed Show Thousands Spent On Race For Valley County Sheriff
Wednesday, October 29th 2014
New political finance reports filed by the two candidates for Valley County Sheriff show that the candidates have spent thousands of dollars and much of it their own money.

Candidates for political office were required to file campaign finance reports last week for the period from June 19th through October 18th.

The two candidates for Valley County Sheriff have loaned or contributed plenty of money for the hottest political race in Valley County for the 2014 election season.

Incumbent Glen Meier spent $2,124 in the period from June 19th to October 18th. Meier reported receiving $1440 in receipts for the period and had $2411.00 in his campaign account as of October 18th. In May of this year, Meier loaned his campaign $3,340.

Challenger Joe Horn reported receiving $6,047 in campaign receipts from June through October 19th. Horn spent $6139.87 and had a cash balance of $1101.95 as of October 19th. Joe Horn reported donating $1025 to his campaign in the general election and also reported loaning his campaign $3050 for the general election.

Here is a link to view who has made donations to the two candidates for Valley County Sheriff and other candidates in Valley County: http://campaignreport.mt.gov

Natural Gas Next In The Bakken
Tuesday, October 28th 2014
Original story in Minneapolis Star Tribune

The next natural resource coming out of the Bakken could be natural gas.

Less profitable than oil and more difficult to transport, natural gas has been so secondary in North Dakota that drillers still burn off more than a fourth of what rises from the ground.

A quiet transformation is underway, however, as the state bids to turn natural gas into a native business and drive down flaring.

A growing network of pipelines and processing plants has made North Dakota a recent target for billions of dollars of investment toward factories that convert natural gas into other products like fertilizer and plastic.

Cullen Goenner, an economist at the University of North Dakota, says it's a natural progression to start using the other resources in the area.

A group called Badlands NGL announced in a news conference with Gov. Jack Dalrymple two weeks ago that it wants to convert cheap, abundant ethane into polyethylene, the raw material of plastic bags and bottles. The $4 billion factory would churn out rail car loads of the tiny, milk-white plastic beads.

2014 Block of Bucks Kick Off
Tuesday, October 28th 2014
The Glasgow Soroptimists along with Pacific Steel and Recycling and the Glasgow High School Student Council announce the annual Block of Bucks collection day on December 5, 2014.

The annual program provides clothing for Valley County children from infant to 12 years of age. Parents may sign up at the Office of Public Assistance, located at 630 Second Ave S., Glasgow. Please note that this is a new location. It is in the same building as the Social Security Office. Sign up begins on Monday, Nov. 3 and continues through Monday, Dec 1.

Parents must sign up in person. Calls will not be accepted. No applications will be accepted after Monday, December 1. Applications MUST be picked up at the Office of Public Assistance and returned to that office. There will be no other location where forms may be picked up or turned in.

Donations are needed to fund the clothes shopping event and are deeply appreciated. They may be mailed prior to collection day to: Soroptimists of Glasgow, Box 961, Glasgow, MT 59230.

Volunteers are needed to help families shop on Saturday, December 6th. Please call Mary Armstrong at 253-350-2070 if you are willing to help, or if you have any questions.

Low-flying helicopter to map Poplar groundwater
Tuesday, October 28th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A helicopter with a large wire hoop hanging beneath it will be making low-level flights over northeast Montana as part of a groundwater survey.

Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey said people who see the flights in the Poplar River Valley should not be alarmed. The flights will begin Tuesday and continue for five to ten days.

The agency is working with the Fort Peck Office of Environmental Protection to study groundwater contamination from the East Poplar oil field.

The helicopter flown by a contractor will tow the wire hoop back and forth over an area of roughly 200-square-miles to measure the electrical properties of the earth.

Scientists will use the information to map a layer of shale that limits the underground movement of water beneath the Poplar River Valley.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

French Knight Of Legion Of Honor Awards To Be Presented Tuesday
Monday, October 27th 2014
VFW Post 3107 will be hosting a ceremony on Tuesday, October 28th at 11:00a.m. to honor 3 area WW II Veterans.

The honorary consul of France in Montana, Laurence Markarian, will be presenting the French Knight of Legion of Honor award to Lloyd Eide, Gordon Olson and Kenneth Newton.

The public is invited to attend.

The Medal of Legion of Honor is the highest and most renowned distinction in France. It is a sign of France's true and unforgettable gratitude and appreciation for an individual's personal, precious contribution to the United States' decisive role in the liberation of France during World War II.

The medal itself is described as a star with 5 double vertices mounted with a crown of laurel and a red ribbon. The front displays the emblem of the Republic. In the back are 2 French flags surrounded by the words "Honor" and "Nation."

Created by Napoleon, it has been presented for the last 2 centuries to the most deserving.

JSEC Committee Looking For Contributions For Scholarships
Monday, October 27th 2014
The Glasgow Job Service Employer's Committee is looking for donations for scholarships for area students.

Their goal is to raise at least $1,000 - which would directly fund 2 or 3 scholarships.

The Glasgow Job Service Employer's Committee believes a post-secondary education is vital for youth to do more than just get a job, but prepares them to successfully pursue a rewarding career. The average debt for Montana college graduates is $27,475 according to a 2012 study by the Institute for College Access and Success. The committee would like to help students minimize that debt by offering a scholarship to Valley County students.

The JSEC Scholarship Committee would choose the recipients based on a written application and an oral interview. The application process would be open for one month, starting in February 2015.

If you would like to join them in supporting area students, contributions may be sent to:

Glasgow JSEC, 74 4th Street North, Glasgow, Montana 59230.

All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be issued upon request. If you have any questions you may call 228-9369.

Downstream Campground Closes For The Season - New Fort Peck Dam & Interpretive Center Hours
Monday, October 27th 2014
The Downstream Campground at Fort Peck Lake closed for the season on October 23, 2014. In support of limited mobility hunter access, the entire Downstream Recreation Area including Kiwanis Park, the Nature Trail and the campground will be closed to both vehicle and foot traffic starting November 6 through November 23, 2014. Kiwanis Park and the Nature Trail will open back up to public use on November 24.

The Fort Peck Interpretive Center hours for November are open Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The center will also be closed on Tuesday November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day and Thursday November 27 and Friday November 28 in honor of Thanksgiving. Powerhouse tours will be available by advance appointment throughout the winter.

For the months of December, January and February the Interpretive Center will not have set hours. Instead, the Interpretive Center will be available for groups to use the meeting room or individuals and families to tour the facility by making an advance appointment during weekdays.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Fort Peck Fort Peck Interpretive Center at (406)-526-3493 or the Project Office at (406) 526-3411.


Glasgow Chamber To Pay $10 Processing Fee For Christmas Cash Loans 5-7pm October 24th
Friday, October 24th 2014
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is kicking off the 2014 holiday season with its Annual Christmas Cash program.

Christmas Cash Script will be available beginning Friday October 24th, 2014, at First Community Bank in Glasgow/Hinsdale, Valley Bank, and Independence Bank. The purpose of the Christmas Cash program is to encourage people in our area to Shop Locally. Glasgow has a very good variety of quality products, services, and retail stores to choose from for your shopping needs.

The Chamber is once again trying a “kick-off night”. Valley Bank, Independence Bank and First Community Bank Glasgow will remain open till 7:00PM and write loans. Local merchants will also remain open for your shopping convenience, in conjunction with the 4rd Annual Chocolate Walk. As an incentive, the Chamber will pay the $10 processing fee for all loans written from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. You are encouraged to stop by one of the participating banks beginning Monday October 20th, 2014 to pick up your paperwork. These are no interest loans and there is a 10 month repayment period starting in January 2015.

Individual shoppers may borrow up to $1,000.00 and married shoppers up to $2,000.00 on approved credit. The Christmas Cash can be used to purchase a variety of goods from toys, tires, gas, appliances, home furnishings or improvements, tools, groceries, clothing gift certificates or meals at the participating Merchants. You must be a Chamber member to accept the cash and participate in this program. You do not, however, need to be a Chamber member to borrow the Christmas Cash.

The last day to purchase the cash is December 23rd, 2014, the last day to use it is December 24, 2014.

A list of all of the participating merchants and promotions is available now at the Chamber office, on the Chamber website, at participating banks and stores. In 2013, 60 business members participated in the program, 185 loans were issued for a total of $159,999.00 dollars Spent Locally! The Chamber encourages residents to buy locally and use the Christmas program.

Chocolate Walk Is Today
Friday, October 24th 2014
Glasgow's 4th Annual Chocolate Walk is today (Friday, October 24th) from 4-7p.m.

There are over 20 businesses participating with sweet delights. Everything is free.

Stop into Alley’s Palace for the Awards Party starting at 9pm. You can pickup your poker sheets at Apple Trolley or Prewett Interiors today.

You can participate in the just the Chocolate Walk and not the poker run part if you’d like.

Call Joy at the Apple Trolley, for more information at 228-2915.

Colorado man pleads guilty to oil patch murder
Thursday, October 23rd 2014
SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to the 2012 murder of a Montana teacher in an oil boom town where residents say their lives were forever altered by the crime.

Montana District Judge Richard Simonton on Wednesday accepted the guilty plea from Michael Keith Spell on a count of deliberate homicide. A charge of attempted kidnapping was dropped under a plea agreement.

Prosecutors are recommending a 100-year sentence. They want Spell to serve his time in prison.

Attorneys for Spell want the mentally disabled 25-year-old from Parachute, Colorado, committed to a state institution for the disabled.

Spell admitted that he and an accomplice killed Sherry Arnold during an attempted abduction as the 43-year-old Sidney High School math teacher was out for a pre-dawn jog. The accomplice pleaded guilty last year and is awaiting sentencing.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Woman dies in crash near Plentywood
Thursday, October 23rd 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 34-year-old woman died in a two-vehicle crash on Montana Highway 5 in northeastern Montana.

Sheridan County Coroner Dave Fulkerson identified the victim as Julia Perkins. He told The Billings Gazette that Perkins had a Nebraska driver's license but her family was contacted in West Des Moines, Iowa.

The Montana Highway Patrol says Perkins was driving eastbound near Plentywood at about 6:10 p.m. Tuesday when she abruptly hit the brakes. Her car slid into the westbound lane and collided with a car driven by a 46-year-old man from Webster, North Dakota.

Perkins died at the scene. Her passenger, a man in his 30s, was ejected from the vehicle. Both he and the North Dakota man were taken to the hospital in Plentywood.

Fulkerson says Perkins had some medical conditions that could have contributed to the crash.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

MDT Proposes Antelope Signing Along Highway 2
Thursday, October 23rd 2014
MDT proposes antelope signing for six segments of U.S. 2 and two segments of U.S. 191 in Phillips and Valley counties

The segments (as indicated by reference posts (RP)) are as follows:

U.S.2 RP 477.6 to RP 490.1 Bowdoin East and West Phillips County
RP 506.5 to RP 512 Hinsdale East and West Valley County
RP 518.5 to 520.5 Vandalia East and West Valley County
RP 533 to RP 535.5 Cut-Across East and West Valley County
RP 536.7 to RP 538.2 Glasgow East and West Valley County
RP 553.3 to RP 555.3 Nashua East and West Valley County
U.S. 191 RP 5.3 to RP 21.5 Malta North Phillips County


Proposed work includes developing wildlife cautionary zones for wintering pronghorn antelope. This will be achieved by utilizing folding signs that will be opened when antelope are wintering in the area and closed when antelope are not present. In the case of Nashua and Bowdoin cautionary zone the addition of a blinking yellow light to notify motorists of lingering or crossing antelope will be added. The lights will be turned on when wintering herds are present and turned off when they leave the area.

The project is tentatively scheduled for construction in 2015, depending on completion of all project development activities and availability of funding.

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

For more information, please contact Glendive District Administrator Shane Mintz at (406) 345-8212 or Project Design Engineer Michael S. Grover, P.E. at (406) 4444188. For the hearing impaired, the TTY number is (406) 4447696 or 1-800-335-7592, or call the Montana Relay at 711. Members of the public may submit written comments to the Montana Department of Transportation Glendive office at PO Box 890, Glendive MT 59330-0890, or online at

http://www.mdt.mt.gov/mdt/comment_form.shtml

November 3 Deadline For ELAP
Thursday, October 23rd 2014
Producers Reminded of Nov. 3rd Deadline for the 2014 Emergency Assistance for Livestock Program (ELAP)
In Montana, Excessive Rain Now Approved as an Eligible Loss Condition for Livestock Feed Losses under the 2014 ELAP Program

Livestock producers that suffered damaged or destroyed mechanically harvested forage, either in the field or in the stack, due to excessive rain or flooding may be eligible for compensation under ELAP. Producers must file a notice of loss and application for payment by Nov. 3, 2014 to be considered eligible. Producers are also required to submit all supporting documentation to support their losses by the deadline. There are no late-file provisions under the ELAP program.

Please contact your local FSA Office before the November 3rd deadline to file an application. Phone: (406)228-4321

Montana Transportation Commission Meeting Set For October 30
Thursday, October 23rd 2014
Helena - The public is invited to attend the Transportation Commission meeting scheduled for 8:30 am, Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Montana Department of Transportation, Commission Room, 2701 Prospect Avenue, Helena MT. The Transportation Commission will review and take action on the following agenda items:

Planning:
1) Interstate Capacity Funding Reserve
2) Construction Project on State Highway System -
Huffine Lane & Cottonwood Road - Bozeman
3) Functional Classification/System Designation -
a. Bench Boulevard – Main Street to Lake Elmo Drive (Billings)
4) Glendive District Culvert Projects -
Culverts - East of Rosebud
Culvert – South of Opheim
5) Bridge Replacement Project -
Middle Fork Porcupine Creek – 11 Miles South of Opheim

6) Tentative Construction Plan/Program Concurrence

Speed Zones:
7) Belgrade – Bozeman Frontage Road (P-205)

Regular Business:
8) Hamilton Limited Access Control Resolution
9) OAC Proposed Rule Notice
10) Certificate of Completion – August, 2014
11) Change Orders – August, 2014
12) Letting Lists
13) Directors Discussion & Follow-up

The time of 10:00 a.m. on Thursday has been set aside for public comment on other transportation related issues. For more information contact Lori Ryan at (406) 444-7200 or lryan@mt.gov .

MDT attempts to provide accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with a person’s participation in any service, program, or activity of our department. If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in this meeting, please call Lori Ryan, (406) 444-7200. For the hearing impaired, the TTY number is (406) 444-7696 or 1-800-335-7592 or call Montana Relay at 711.

Man plans to plead guilty in oil patch killing
Wednesday, October 22nd 2014

SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado man plans to plead guilty to killing a Montana teacher in a case that drew attention to the darker side of the Northern Plains' oil boom.

A plea agreement with prosecutors filed Tuesday calls for a 100-year sentence for 25-year-old Michael Spell on a charge of deliberate homicide.

Spell is charged with the 2012 murder of Sherry Arnold, a 43-year-old Sidney high school teacher who disappeared while jogging. Her body was found buried in a North Dakota field.

Spell is due in court Wednesday before District Judge Richard Simonton in Sidney.

Prosecutors want Spell to serve his time in prison. The defense will ask for him to be sentenced to the state health department, which would allow Spell to be sent to a facility for the mentally disabled.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Hunters are Asked to be Courteous in the Field
Wednesday, October 22nd 2014


As the General hunting season approaches Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks of Region 6 would like to remind you to be courteous of landowners’ property while in the field. While most hunters make a conscious effort to close gates behind them, every year some gates get left open by careless hunters causing landowners additional work. This can result in many hours of effort re-sorting already worked cows and calves. The common rule is to leave gates as they are found, but there can be exceptions.

For example, if you find a gate lying on the ground with cattle on one side and none on the other, the gate may have been left open by another hunter, and not the landowner. Please take a few minutes to find out if the gate should be closed, by calling the landowner, public land agency, or even a MFWP employee (Game Warden, Block Management Tech, or Biologist).

The time you take to contact someone, could be the difference in keeping the land open to hunting in the future.

Glasgow’s Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) Grant Monies Available
Tuesday, October 21st 2014
The Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) announces that 2014/2015 Grant Monies are NOW available to 501c3 Non-Profit organizations. Applications for grants encompass events, projects or tournaments that will bring additional tourism to Glasgow.

The mission of the Glasgow Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) is to generate room nights for lodging facilities in the City of Glasgow, Montana by effectively marketing our region as a preferred travel destination. The TBID receives its funding from the $1.00 per room charge collected by the Glasgow Motels.

Grant Criteria and Applications are available at the Glasgow Chamber, http://www.glasgowmt.net or by emailing Tami Burke @ tbidglasgow@nemont.net.

For more information about the Glasgow Tourism Improvement District (TBID), please contact Tami Burke at (406)480-2819 or by email tbidglasgow@nemont.net.

Valley County Commissioner Candidate Debate Now Online
Monday, October 20th 2014
Stan Ozark sat down with the Paul Tweten and Russ Dahl the 2 candidates for Valley County Commissioner. Here is the audio of the interview.


Valley County Commissioner Candidates

More landowners join Missouri River flood lawsuit
Friday, October 17th 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The list of landowners suing the federal government over major flooding along the Missouri River since 2006 has grown considerably.

The lawsuit filed against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in March was amended Thursday to include 436 plaintiffs. The latest additions to the lawsuit include 38 North Dakota landowners and the Omaha and Winnebago tribes of Nebraska.

The landowners argue that the Corps' decisions since 2006 have contributed to flooding especially during the extended 2011 flooding that devastated hundreds of thousands of acres of mostly farmland in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

The federal government has denied the allegations and says the Corps shouldn't be blamed.

Landowners say the recurring flooding deprived them of their land, so they should be compensated.

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2 men arrested in Glendive in Internet sex sting
Thursday, October 16th 2014
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An eastern Montana man and a western North Dakota man are charged with sexual abuse of children after prosecutors say they responded to online prostitution advertisements for sex with underage girls.

The Montana Department of Justice says 25-year-old Steve Unger of Glasgow, North Dakota and 37-year-old John Allyn Parker of Elgin, North Dakota were arrested Friday in Glendive. That's where officers say they arrived to have sex with girls ages 13 or 15.

Both made initial appearances in Justice Court in Glendive on Tuesday and are scheduled to enter pleas in District Court on October 21st.

Unger was released from jail after posting a $75,000 bond. The DOJ says Parker remains jailed in Glendive with bail set at $75,000.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Local Christmas Cash Available October 24th
Wednesday, October 15th 2014
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is kicking off the 2014 holiday season with its Annual Christmas Cash program.

Christmas Cash Script will be available beginning Friday October 24th, 2014, at First Community Bank in Glasgow/Hinsdale, Valley Bank, and Independence Bank. The purpose of the Christmas Cash program is to encourage people in our area to Shop Locally. Glasgow has a very good variety of quality products, services, and retail stores to choose from for your shopping needs.

The Chamber is once again trying a “kick-off night”. Valley Bank, Independence Bank and First Community Bank Glasgow will remain open till 7:00PM and write loans. Local merchants will also remain open for your shopping convenience, in conjunction with the 4rd Annual Chocolate Walk. As an incentive, the Chamber will pay the $10 processing fee for all loans written from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. You are encouraged to stop by one of the participating banks beginning Monday October 20th, 2014 to pick up your paperwork. These are no interest loans and there is a 10 month repayment period starting in January 2015.

Individual shoppers may borrow up to $1,000.00 and married shoppers up to $2,000.00 on approved credit. The Christmas Cash can be used to purchase a variety of goods from toys, tires, gas, appliances, home furnishings or improvements, tools, groceries, clothing gift certificates or meals at the participating Merchants. You must be a Chamber member to accept the cash and participate in this program. You do not, however, need to be a Chamber member to borrow the Christmas Cash.

The last day to purchase the cash is December 23rd, 2014, the last day to use it is December 24, 2014.

A list of all of the participating merchants and promotions is available now at the Chamber office, on the Chamber website, at participating banks and stores. In 2013, 60 business members participated in the program, 185 loans were issued for a total of $159,999.00 dollars Spent Locally! The Chamber encourages residents to buy locally and use the Christmas program.

Woman dies after car hits skateboard near Poplar
Wednesday, October 15th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 20-year-old woman died when a car struck her as she rode a skateboard on U.S. Highway 2 west of Poplar.

The Montana Highway Patrol says the victim was skateboarding in the eastbound driving lane at about 7 p.m. Monday when she was struck by a westbound car that was passing another vehicle in a passing zone.

The 35-year-old woman driving the car stopped, called 911 and attempted CPR. The skateboard rider was pronounced dead at the hospital. The victim's name and hometown haven't been released.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Highway 2 Association Meeting Is Friday
Wednesday, October 15th 2014
You are invited to attend Highway 2 Association’s 2014 Fall Meeting on at the Cottonwood Inn on Friday, October 17th at noon for a luncheon with keynote speaker Mike Tooley, Director for the Montana Department of Transportation.

The luncheon menu includes a prime rib sandwich, potatoes, grilled asparagus, and dessert for $15.

This is an opportunity for Northeastern Montanan’s to discuss the benefits of providing a 4 lane across the Hi-line. This promotes safety and supports economic development as well as tourism.

New Way For Montana Citizens To Register To Vote
Tuesday, October 14th 2014
HELENA – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch announced on Tuesday a new way for citizens to register to vote for upcoming Montana elections including the November 4th General Election.

The Secretary of State’s office is now offering an online pre-registration tool which allows qualified citizens to enter and submit their registration information online via a computer, tablet or smartphone.

“The pre-registration tool was created to increase accuracy and efficiency of the voter registration process,” Secretary McCulloch said. “It’s important for people using this tool to remember that they still must go into the county election office (or designated location for late registration) where their online submission will be processed just as a paper form is processed, and they will sign the registration form provided by the election administrator in order to receive their ballot.”

Full online voter registration has not yet been implemented in Montana; anyone submitting their registration information using this online tool must still go into the county election office or designated late registration location and sign the registration form before they are legally registered to vote.

“It’s often times hard for citizens to get into the county election office before 5 pm during the late registration period,” Secretary McCulloch said. “This tool gives people the ability to pre-register at their convenience from anywhere at any time, as long as they get to the election office to complete the registration process before the polls close on election day.”

The online pre-registration tool can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at registertovote.mt.gov/Application/Welcome.aspx <https://registertovote.mt.gov/Application/Welcome.aspx>

Montanans can check their voter registration status using the Secretary of State’s online elections tool, “My Voter Page.” Registered voters can also view a precinct-specific sample ballot for the November 4 General Election, find the location of their polling place, and track the status of their absentee ballot once one has been issued.


Thank You From Pioneer Museum
Monday, October 13th 2014
Once again we find great support among the people for all of their help in getting out the 2014 Mailing for Friends Of The Pioneer Museum. This year we had a few glitches we had to work with but the job still got done. We are so grateful to those who gave us a hand. By doing so they also supported the people of Valley County in their efforts to reach our goals. The next time you meet one of these people please give them your own thank you. Their names are listed below.

Carolyn Bachtold Sue Henderson
Berniece Barrett Brenda Leckie
Reid Caldwell---VFW Louise Lemieux
Nicole Cole Alpha Martin
Jerry Collins---VFW Jake Page---Honor Society
Myrel Fischer---VFW Verda Sillerud
Albert Franzen---VFW Cam Storle---VFW
Doris Franzen Joyce Storle
Kathy Granger Jason Thibault---Honor Society
Willie Zeller---VFW

A special thanks to the VFW as a whole organization that gives us a great deal of support as well as the use of their facility. Thanks to people and groups like this we are able to do good work for the Pioneer Museum and will continue to do so in the future.

President Obama Declares Valley County A Disaster Area Due To August Flooding
Friday, October 10th 2014
One week after pressing the Obama Administration for federal disaster assistance for storm and flood-affected parts of central and eastern Montana, Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh are delivering.

President Obama on Thursday declared Blaine, Carter, Musselshell, Petroleum and Valley Counties, as well as Fort Belknap Reservation, major disaster areas. The designation frees up funding from FEMA to help communities recover from severe storms that pummeled the region in late August.

“When disaster strikes, we need to get resources to communities on the ground as soon as possible,” Tester said. “Montanans are tough, but this assistance will help counties rebuild. I appreciate FEMA for responding so quickly to our request.”

“This is important aid to help Montana's communities and families recover from the severe weather this summer,” Walsh said. “It is essential that we work with state and local governments to deliver these resources as quickly as possible.”

Tester and Walsh called on FEMA to quickly approve federal disaster assistance last Friday, October 3, after Governor Steve Bullock sent his official assistance request earlier that day.

The late August storms hit Carter County with microburst winds in excess of 75 mph and caused damage to property in the Town of Ekalaka. The same series of storms also produced heavy rainfall and flooding in the counties of Valley, Blaine, Petroleum, and Musselshell, as well as the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, causing severe damage to roadways, reservoirs, and culverts.

FEMA assistance will help communities with emergency repair work and the replacement of facilities damaged by the storms.

The Agriculture Department also designated Phillips County as a primary natural disaster area earlier this week. The designation makes producers in Phillips County, as well as in the adjoining counties of Fergus, Garfield, Petroleum and Valley, eligible for Farm Service Agency assistance, such as emergency loans, if they meet certain requirements.

Valley County Sheriff's Debate Online
Thursday, October 9th 2014
Kltz/Mix-93 News Director Stan Ozark sat down with the 2 candidates running for Valley County Sheriff/Coroner. Here is the audio of the candidate debate between Glen Meier and Joe Horn.

Valley County Sheriff's Office Interview

Glasgow School Board Tables Decision On Naming New Elementary School
Thursday, October 9th 2014
The Glasgow School Board put off making a decision on naming a new K-5 Elementary School being built in Glasgow.

The present elementary school is named the Irle Elementary School after long time Glasgow educator R.L. Irle.

Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors inquired of the school board last month whether they wanted to keep the name of Irle for the new school or to give the school a new name.

The board asked for public input and offered 3 suggestions for the new school. The suggestions were Irle, Westside or Glasgow Elementary.

A survey was set up on the school website and Superintendent Connors told Kltz/Mix 93 News that respondents on the survey favored keeping the name Irle Elementary.

But at a school board meeting on Wednesday, individual board members said that many of the residents of the Glasgow School District had mixed feelings on the name change and in fact many favored changing the name to Glasgow Elementary.

After much discussion on the issue the school board decided to table the issue of the possible name change and take it up at a later date.

Montana court: Oil-patch murder suspect competent
Thursday, October 9th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has denied a Colorado man's petition to be declared unfit to stand trial in the murder of a high school teacher in the Bakken oil patch.

Attorneys for 25-year-old Michal Keith Spell argued he would be unable to understand the case against him because he is mentally disabled.

But the high court said in a unanimous ruling Tuesday that his disability does not automatically mean Spell can't understand the case and participate in his defense.

Justices also said state District Judge Richard Simonton acted within his discretion when he ruled Spell's competency was restored since a 2010 drug case in Colorado in which he was declared incompetent.

Spell faces a November 17th trial in the January 2012 killing of 43-year-old Sherry Arnold. An accomplice pleaded guilty.


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Representative Daines Calling For Presidential Disaster Declaration For Valley County
Wednesday, October 8th 2014
Representative Steve Daines today called for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for several Montana counties, including Valley County, and Fort Belknap Indian Reservation to repair damages caused by late summer flooding.

In a letter to President Obama, Daines pressed the White House to honor the State of Montana’s request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and Blaine, Carter, Musselshell, Valley and Petroleum Counties.

Severe flooding resulting from several bands of storms from August 21 to August 25 caused significant damage in these areas.

“The flooding, nearly unprecedented at this time of year, caused severe damage to buildings, infrastructure and homes and created considerable hardships for Montana communities. Additionally, we have seen crops destroyed across the region making the livelihoods of many Montanans difficult to sustain,” Daines wrote in the letter to President Obama. “While I understand that Governor Bullock has committed significant state funds to this recovery effort, I believe a federal component is essential to make the necessary repairs as it is beyond the financial means of the state.”

Construction Continues On New Glasgow K-5 Elementary School
Wednesday, October 8th 2014
The Glasgow School District has expended $6,081,846 in renovating 2 schools and building a new k-5 elementary school. The renovations to the Glasgow High School and the East Side School have been completed and work is now focused on the building of the new elementary school.

The school district has paid Sletten Construction, the general contractor for the projects, over $4.6 million as of September 20th. The architect for the projects has been paid over $880,000 and the owners representative over $262,000.

The school district still has $11,409,206 left to disburse for the projects.

The new k-5 elementary school is set to be completed in time for the 2015-2016 school year in August of 2015.

For pictures of the building of the new elementary school access this website:

http://glasgow.k12.mt.us/District/Department/34-Irle-Elementary-228-2419

Wolf Point woman claims $297K Wild Card jackpot
Tuesday, October 7th 2014
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Wolf Point woman has claimed The $297,373 Wild Card jackpot from the Sept. 24 drawing.

Montana Lottery officials say Willow Grandchamp bought her winning ticket at a Conoco in Billings. She claimed her winnings on Monday.

Wild Card is played in Montana, Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The jackpot for Wednesday's drawing is $210,000.

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Valley County Combined Campaign Has Opening
Tuesday, October 7th 2014
The Valley County Combined Campaign has one opening for a rotating member position for their 2015 campaign.

Each organization applying must have their own 501(c)3 non-profit status & must not do any other soliciting during the year they are on the campaign.

Organizations interested in the rotating position may pick up an application & copy of the bi-laws at the Women’s Resource Center to verify their eligibility.

Those applying for the temporary position will be asked to give a brief presentation on their organization & where their monies will be designated at the Campaign’s meeting Tues. Oct. 15th at Noon at the Women’s Resource Center.

If organizations have questions they can call Trinity at 230-0544 or email Trinity.jo.cook@gmail.com.

Indian Reservations Receive Grants
Monday, October 6th 2014
http://www.greatfallstribune.com
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday it has awarded more than $2.2 million in grants to five Montana Indian reservations to assist in developing the tribes’ energy and mineral resources.

The grants were awarded as part of a broader program distributing a total of $9.4 million to 46 tribal projects nationwide.

The projects funded include a panoply of renewable energy sources, including geothermal, biomass, hydroelectric, woody biomass, solar, wind, and plastics-to-energy that will provide clean, low-cost power to tribal members and encourage business on tribal lands.

“The Energy and Mineral Development Program is another example of how Indian Affairs is working to assist tribes in realizing the maximum potential of their energy and mineral resources,” said Assistant Secretary — Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn. “These grants will provide tribal communities who have energy and mineral resources with the opportunity and financial support to conduct projects that will evaluate, find and document their energy and mineral assets, and help bring those assets to market.”

In 2014, the Energy and Mineral Development Program received 78 proposals with total funding requests exceeding $27.5 million. Funds were awarded to 46 of the submissions, including the following in Montana.

• $48,313 to the Blackfeet Tribe to assess the oil and gas potential on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation

• $1,245,920 to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to assist in the final stages of acquiring and operating the Kerr Hydro Project.

• $432,000 to the Crow Tribe of Montana to fund core sampling of the Belle Fourche Shale and the Carlile Shale formations.

• $114,000 to the Crow Tribe of Montana to fund a one-time oil and gas study.

• $80,000 to the Fort Belknap Indian Community to fund an exploration study identifying the quality and quantity of sand and gravel on the reservation.

• $114,000 to the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to assist in 3D seismic studies to assess the potential for petroleum development.
http://www.greatfallstribune.com

Corps invites public to Missouri River operations meetings
Thursday, October 2nd 2014
OMAHA, Neb. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Basin Water Management Division will hold five public meetings in late October to discuss the draft 2014-2015 Annual Operating Plan for the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System.

The public meetings will include a presentation from the Corps regarding 2014 operations and plans for managing the reservoir system in 2015, followed by a question and answer session. There will also be an opportunity for members of the public and stakeholders to speak one-on-one with Corps officials.

The public meetings will be conducted at the following times and locations:

Monday, Oct. 27 – Fort Peck, Mont.
Start time: 6 p.m.
Fort Peck Interpretative Center
Lower Yellowstone Rd.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 – Bismarck, ND
Start time: 11 a.m.
Bismarck Civic Center
315 S. 5th St.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 – Pierre, SD
Start time: 6 p.m.
Capitol Lake Visitor Center
500 E. Capitol Ave.

Wednesday, Oct. 29 – Smithville, Mo.
Start time: 11 a.m.
Jerry Litton Visitor Center
16311 DD Hwy

Wednesday, Oct. 29 – Council Bluffs, Iowa
Start time: 6 p.m.
Western Historic Trails Center
3434 Richard Downing Ave.

The draft 2014-2015 Annual Operating Plan anticipates serving all of the authorized project purposes, including flood control, navigation, hydropower, water supply, water quality control, irrigation, recreation and fish and wildlife, including threatened and endangered species. The draft Annual Operating Plan is available on the Corps’ website at: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/pdfs/draftAOP2014-2015.pdf

Comments on the draft plan will be taken during the series of public meetings. Written and email comments will be accepted through November 21, 2014. Email comments should be sent to: Missouri.Water.Management@nwd02.usace.army.mil

The reservoir system will start the 2015 runoff season at the base of the annual flood control pool, providing the full 16.3 million acre-feet (MAF) of flood control storage. The base of the annual flood control pool is the desired operating zone for the system because it allows the Corps to provide good levels of service to all eight of the congressionally authorized purposes.

“As a result of this fall’s increased water supply, the Missouri River navigation season length has been extended by 10 days and the service level increased in accordance with the guidelines in the Missouri River Master Manual,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Missouri River Water Management Division. “Current releases from Gavins Point Dam will evacuate the stored flood waters in the reservoirs and fully prepare the system for the 2015 runoff season.”

Inslee: More work to prevent oil train spills
Thursday, October 2nd 2014
SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee says more needs to be done to prevent and respond to oil spills, as trains increasingly move volatile shipments of crude oil through Washington state.

The governor on Wednesday received initial findings from a state study looking into the safety and environmental risks of oil transport.

The draft report recommends making changes to allow more railroad inspectors and finding more money to bolster the state's oil spill response and prevention program.

As many as 17 trains a week carry crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota through the state.

Inslee also called on the federal government to lower speed limits for oil trains and shorten the time allowed for older railcars to be updated.

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Montana's Minimum Wage Increases To $8.05 An Hour
Thursday, October 2nd 2014
HELENA — Montana's minimum wage is going up 15 cents an hour to $8.05 beginning in January.

A voter-passed initiative called for Montana's minimum wage to increase by the same percentage as the Consumer Price Index over a year. In this case, it increased by 1.7 percent between August 2013 and August 2014. The wage increase is rounded to the nearest 5 cents.

The Department of Labor and Industry estimates 12,850 Montana workers, or 2.9 percent of the workforce, received hourly wages less than $8.05 an hour last year.

With the increase, workers with a 40-hour-per-week job earning minimum wage would make $6 more per week.

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