Skip Erickson And Deb Partridge To Be Recognized At Glasgow Chamber Awards Night
Wednesday, January 28th 2015
The 2015 Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture Awards Night and Dueling Pianos Road Show, sponsored by Cape Air and Cellular Plus, will be held Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at the Glasgow Elks Club. A no host appetizer buffet and social will begin at 5:30pm, awards at 7:00pm followed by the dueling pianos road show at 7:30pm.
An awards ceremony will be held during the evening for recipients followed by a short program regarding our past year in review.
Deb Partridge will be named The Volunteer of the Year for 2015 and will be recognized for her dedication and involvement with key Chamber events.
Skip Erickson will be given The President’s Award. This award places an emphasis on community involvement and dedication.
Deb Partridge is a Valley County native who graduated from Libby High School but then moved back to Glasgow and worked for Valley Bank for 24 years. Deb has served on the Chamber Board and stayed involved with chamber events by volunteering. Deb has been an invaluable volunteer for the Montana Governor's Cup Walleye Tourney for 15 years, has helped with the ice fishing tournament, Blues and Brews, Feather Fest, Rock the Block, Highland Games and many more. Deb Partridge believes that Chamber sponsored events are a very important part of our community and bringing people in from all over the country to experience the Glasgow area.
Skip Erickson is a Nashua native who graduated from Nashua High School in 1966. Erickson was appointed by Senator Mike Mansfield to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York and graduated from there in 1970. Skip sailed the world for three years and retired a ships captain. Skip came back to Glasgow in 1973 and went to work for United Insurance and Realty, eventually becoming a partner in the company. Skip's involvement with the community is long and distinguished including being a 40-year member of the Glasgow Kiwanis Club, President of Valley County Sportsmen's Club, President and Board Member of Two Rivers Economic Development, President of Glasgow/Valley county Planning Board, President of Glasgow Rural Development Program, President and Board Member of FMDH Foundation, Board member of Valley County Detention Center and was appointed by former Governor Marc Racicot as a original member of Private Land/Public Wildlife Council. As a sportsman, Skip has traveled the world collecting an incredible variety of wildlife. He currently is working on the "World Wildlife Experience" which will showcase his collected wildlife at the Northeast Montana Children's Museum. The exhibit isn't quite done but there are currently 130-140 animals/fish/reptiles and birds on display.
We invite you to join us for a fun-filled night honoring citizens of Valley County and the Glasgow community at the 2015 Annual Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture social/awards night and the Dueling Piano Road Show.
The cost is $25.00 per person or $45.00 per couple. Advanced tickets are available at the Chamber office and KLTZ/KLAN or at the door for $30.00 per person. You do NOT need to be a member to attend. Take this opportunity and join us for a fun-filled evening of entertainment and honoring individuals who wish to promote our local economy and community.
Valley County December Unemployment Rate at 3.1%
Wednesday, January 28th 2015
HELENA – Montana’s unemployment rate continued its decline in December, down 0.1 percentage points to 4.2 percent. The unemployment rate has decreased by over a full percentage point during 2014. The U.S. unemployment rate declined to 5.6 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate remains over a point above Montana’s rate, but has also decreased by over a full percentage point over the year.
“Montana finished 2014 with more employment growth, which will likely put the year into the history books as one of the strongest years for our economy,” Governor Steve Bullock said, “With our state’s strong economy, I remain committed to building on that strength to ensure that all Montanans feel the benefits of this growing prosperity.”
“Montana’s economy is continuing its momentum and promising a good year in 2015” said Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy. “Although we continue to monitor economic performance for any negative impacts from falling oil prices, employment growth in all other industries continues unabated. We will continue to work with businesses to recruit and develop good workers in this low unemployment environment.”
Montana’s total employment levels increased by 829 jobs over the last month, with 12,663 jobs added since last December. These preliminary numbers indicate strong job growth of 2.6 percent in 2014, placing the year in the top quartile for employment growth since 1980. Total employment estimates include payroll employment, plus agricultural and self-employed workers. Payroll employment estimates indicate a gain of 3,100 jobs over the month, with large gains in the construction industry.
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) fell sharply by 0.4 percent in December due to a drop in oil and fuel prices. The gasoline index declined 9.4 percent over the month. The index for all items less food and energy, also called core inflation, was unchanged over the month.
The unemployment rate for Valley County in December was 3.1%. There were 3897 people employed in Valley County in December which is up 40 jobs in the past year.
Speech & Drama Team Does Well At Divisionals
Tuesday, January 27th 2015
Divisionals in Plentywood this last weekend were extremely competitive and our kids faced serious challenges qualifying for state in Ennis this weekend, but of the 14 competitors that we took to Divisionals 8 are continuing on to state.
Amy Nelson took 6th in Original Oratory Morgan Miller took 6th in Humorous Oral Interp Rachel Overby took 5th in Humorous Solo Felicity Soper and Maria Morris took 4th in Serious Duo Andrea Hansen took 3rd in Extemp Mariah Holter took 2nd in Mime Ethan Jamba took 1st in Serous Oral Interp
Funding For Ag Producers Available
Friday, January 23rd 2015
The USDA-NRCS would like to announce the availability of funding for those producers who live along the hi line.
Funding is available for:
Expiring and/or expired CRP ground to assist with grazing infrastructure which includes livestock watering facilities and fencing
Restoring marginally productive croplands back to grasslands and wetlands; and
Sustaining intact grasslands and wetlands in their current condition
Sign up deadline is February 20, 2015. Please stop into the local service center or call Tracy @ 228-4321 ext 126.
Escaped Convict Believed To Be In Northeast Montana
Thursday, January 22nd 2015
Authorities are looking for an escapee from the Warm Springs Addiction Treatment and Change program.
Eric Fowler,33, escaped from the facility about 7 p.m. Monday after two holes were cut in a chain-link fence in the recreation area, said WATCh administrator Alex Vukovich.
Law enforcement authorities believe that Fowler might be in the Glasgow, Poplar or Wolf Point areas.
It's the first escape in the facility's 13-year history, Vukovich said, adding that 2,700 people have graduated from the program.
Fowler was serving time at WATCh for felony DUI out of Sheridan County in northeastern Montana. He also has been sentenced in Valley County and has served time in Montana State Prison for failure to register as a sexual offender and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
He is 6-foot-3, 250 pounds with brown hair.
Vukovich said the area where the fence was cut is just out of sight of security cameras. He added that the program doesn't "keep cutting tools'' on the premises and that the investigation continues as to how the escape occurred.
Fowler had come to WATCh this month for the six-month treatment program. Vukovich said people must apply to be accepted into the program.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Eric Fowler you are urged to contact law enforcement authorities immediately.
WATCh treats felony (fourth and subsequent) DUI offenders. The facility is located in a separate building on the Montana State Hospital campus at Warm Springs, 23 miles north of Butte.
Valley County Jail Roster Now Includes Pictures Of Each Inmate
Sheriff Meier also announced the the Valley County Jail recently has been reaching capacity with 33 inmates at one time last week. The detention center was built to hold 30 inmates. Custer County has a contract with Valley County to hold their inmates but that contract is set to end in June. Meier said that the jail will still be busy with inmates from Phillips County, Daniels County, Sheridan County and McCone County residing in the Valley County Jail.
GNDC to give “Business of the Year” Award
Wednesday, January 21st 2015
Great Northern Development Corporation would like to honor a regional business with “Business of the Year” for 2014. The business would receive an award plaque, free registration to the “Invest in Success” small business conference and a $500 stipend for lodging and travel to Helena on April 29 & 30. The business will also receive a booth at the conference trade show to promote and sell their products.
A condition for applying for this award is being a Small Business Development Center or a loan client in good standing with GNDC. Please submit a letter of interest to GNDC/SBDC by February 15, 2015 to tell us of the accomplishments your business has achieved (or one that you would like to nominate) and why they should receive this honor.
In your letter highlight events of your success: history & background business, challenges you’ve overcome, how your business grown in size or profitability, jobs retained or created, SBDC assistance, and other accomplishments you consider worthy. Letters should be no longer than two pages; they will be judged by the staff at GNDC. The winner will be announced by March 1, 2015.
Mail your letter of interest to GNDC/SBDC 233 Cascade, Wolf Point, MT 59201. Contact Lorene Hintz, SBDC Director at 406-653-2590 or email@example.com for more information.
Interview With Glasgow Superintendent Bob Connors
Wednesday, January 21st 2015
Stan Ozark visited with Glasgow School Superintendent Bob Connors on Tuesday and talked about several issues including the building projects, school election, Common Core and adult education.
Crime Statistics Released By Valley County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday, January 21st 2015
Crime was up in some categories and down in others in 2013 according to Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier.
Meier told Kltz/Miz-93 News that comparing 2013-2014 shows that in the category of crimes against person that the numbers show a 55% decrease. The number of simple assault charges fell from 35 to 18 in 2014 according to the statistics. These numbers are for the Valley County Sheriff's Office and does not include the Glasgow Police Department.
Under the category of crimes against people, crime is up 44% compared to 2013. This would include crimes such as burglary, larceny, fraud and destruction of property.
Under the category of crimes against society, crime was up 76%. This includes drug and narcotic violations.
Under the category of group b crimes, crime was down 7%. This includes bad checks, curfew, disorderly conduct, and liquor law violations.
In fact, the Valley County Sheriff's Office wrote fewer DUI tickets in 2014 compared to 2013. The total number of DUI's in Valley County in 2014 was 32 compared to 39 in the year 2013.
Harold H. and Irene W. Smith Honored With Gift to GHS Educational Trust
Tuesday, January 20th 2015
The sons of Harold H. and Irene W. Smith have proudly made a gift to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust in honor of their parents, pointing out there is hardly a more fitting tribute to Harold and Irene’s memory than supporting the continued education of Glasgow students as they move on to studies at the college level.
As publisher of The Glasgow Courier for nearly a decade before his retirement in 1972, Harold stood for high standards in writing and reporting, and instituted a major modernization of the Courier plant from the old “hot type” method of printing to the photographic-based “offset” lithography printing. Harold was born in a newspaper family in Kansas, and received his degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. He always emphasized to his sons the importance of being well-read as a means to succeed in any profession, and even in his retired years he, along with Irene, volunteered his services regularly to help Glasgow children work on developing their reading skills. Harold brought to Glasgow vast experience in journalism, having previously owned and published newspapers in Colorado (where he met Irene), Nebraska, Idaho, and California, and Irene brought to the Courier her strong skills in organization and business management which she had developed over the years.
Irene also was a life-long musician, and the church life of Glasgow greatly benefited from her accomplished playing of the organ and piano. Harold and Irene both loved American history, and Irene, along with her sons Brad, Spencer, and Barry, became an avid explorer of the Lewis and Clark Trail, studying Lewis and Clark’s journey both in Valley County and elsewhere across the West. Even in her later years when her sight had diminished, Irene was never far from several books on tape, which she listened to regularly. Harold and Irene loved Glasgow and its people, and the gift in their name to the GHS Educational Trust memorializes their goodwill and support of education for a better life.
Whenever the trust receives donations that total $500 or more in honor, recognition, or memory of a particular individual(s), a gift is made to a student or GHS in that person’s name. Donations of $10,000 or more, entitle the donor to an annual naming opportunity in perpetuity.
The Glasgow High School Educational Trust is honored to add the names of Harold H. and Irene W. Smith to its permanent list. The first gift in their memory was given to Vanessa Mattfeldt, an English major with an emphasis in Creative Writing at the University of Montana-Missoula for the Spring 2015 semester.
The generous and grateful spirit of the Smiths and their sons is representative of the trust’s many faithful supporters over the 50 years since its inception. Donations both large and small of cash, stocks, and real estate have grown the corpus to over $4.2 million dollars and enabled the trust to truly become what its founders (alumni of the GHS Class of 1938) envisioned: a significant and effective way to assist GHS graduates in the pursuit of their educational dreams and thereby strengthen the fabric of the community and nation.
To date, the trust has used the interest on the corpus to give 2,030 grants valued over $1.7 million dollars to hundreds of GHS alumni attending schools across the nation in very diverse curricula. Many of these students (89%) have received multiple gifts over their courses of study. Nontraditional full-time students who may be completing their degrees through correspondence and online courses are given equal consideration if they meet all of the other requirements which are posted along with the application on the trust’s website at www.ghsedutrust.org. All eligible GHS alumni are strongly encouraged to apply. Application deadlines are July 1st and October 15th of each year.
In addition to the awards made to students attending either college or vocational/technical school, the GHS Educational Trust also purchases equipment and programs for GHS which cannot be financed within the school’s regular budget. Every department of GHS has been awarded gifts, which now total $190, 308.33 in value. These gifts benefit all students and the public at large when it attends events at the school or uses its facilities.
Normal runoff levels expected in Missouri River this year
Friday, January 16th 2015
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water flowing into the Missouri River this spring is expected to be close to normal levels.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it expects 25.6 million acre feet of water to flow into the Missouri River this year. Typically, the river receives 25.2 million acre feet of water.
Going into the year, the Corps has released enough water to make sure that the full flood control portion of the reservoirs along the river is available.
Corps officials will continue to monitor the mountain snowpack levels and spring rain forecasts. At this point, officials expect to offer full navigation on the river at least through the first half of 2015.
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Glasgow Christmas Cash Loan Program Successful
Friday, January 16th 2015
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture had a very successful holiday season with its Annual Christmas Cash program.
The Christmas Cash Script was available starting on October 24, 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”. The Glasgow merchants offer a variety of quality products along with outstanding customer service
In 2014, 64 Chamber business members participated in the program with 93 loans totaling $83,035 from Valley Bank, 45 loans totaling $39,000 from FCB, and 25 loans totaling $21,750 from Independence Bank for 163 loans and a total of $143,785 dollars Spent Locally!
In 2013 the Christmas Cash program had 185 loans totaling $159,999.
The Chamber Big Bucks program was also very successful. In November/December 2014 alone over $19,780 of Chamber Big Bucks was purchased from the Chamber office.
With both programs $163,565 was spent LOCALLY during the 2014 Holiday season in Glasgow. The Chamber thanks everybody for participating in these programs and supporting our local merchants! “BUY LOCALLY AND THE BUCK STAYS HERE”
Governor Bullock Announces Bainville Ratepayers to Save $178,000 from SRF Program Changes
Thursday, January 15th 2015
Helena, Mont. – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that ratepayers in Bainville will save $178,257 thanks to changes he made to the State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan program last year. The savings come as part of a new $156,000 SRF loan that was approved to improve the city’s wastewater treatment system, as well as the refinancing of an existing $328,000 to the new lower rate.
“Through strong fiscal management, and a bit of common sense, we’re ensuring ratepayers in Bainville can keep more money in their pockets,” Bullock said of the loan. “We’ll continue to work with local communities to find responsible ways to make critical infrastructure improvements, while saving money for Main Street Montana businesses and customers.
The community, which had a population of 150 in 2008, has seen their population swell to 858 due to growth associated with oil and gas development in the region. The loan will allow the city to make important upgrades to the city’s wastewater system, allowing it to serve a population of 1,500. Through the project, the city will replace a water storage tank and approximately 4,000 feet of outdated cast-iron pipeline. It is scheduled for completion at the end of 2015.
Last year, Bullock reduced the interest rates on loans through the SRF loan program in order to expand local government’s access to capital to make important upgrades to local infrastructure, while saving ratepayers money. He reduced long-term interest rates in this program from 3 percent, to 2.5 percent, and reduced construction interest rates from 3 percent to 1.5 percent. In addition, he reduced the amount of financial reserves communities must hold in order to receive a loan, and reduced the debt service coverage communities must have. These changes were made possible through strong fiscal management at the state level and the state’s sterling bond rating. In their first year, these reduced rates are expected to provide $29 million in additional savings for ratepayers.
The changes to the SRF interest rate were made as part of Bullock’s Main Street Montana Project. This project is building and implementing a business plan for the state of Montana that helps businesses grow, supports job creation, and increases wages. One of the goals of the project is to ensure Montana businesses and communities have an efficient and reliable infrastructure.
Bullock has proposed additional investments in infrastructure in Eastern Montana, including upgrades to roads, bridges and schools. This proposal requires approval from the 2015 Legislature.
The State Revolving Fund loan program, which is administered by DNRC and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), enables Montana communities to upgrade or expand critical drinking or wastewater treatment facilities at the lowest possible cost.
Amtrak's Empire Builder back on schedule
Wednesday, January 14th 2015
(Information in the following story is from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com)
WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — Nine months after Amtrak's Empire Builder adjusted its schedule to deal with freight congestion, the passenger rail service has returned the train to its original timetable.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari was in Whitefish Tuesday morning when the eastbound Empire Builder rolled in to the station shortly after 7 a.m. — and 23 minutes early.
Now, Amtrak is working to win back passengers who sought other means of transportation because the trains faced delays caused by freight congestion and track work.
Magliari tells the Flathead Beacon he hopes the lengthy delays of 11 or 12 hours are a thing of the past.
The Empire Builder runs from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, Oregon.
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Glasgow High School Graduation Rate Is Above Statewide Average
Wednesday, January 14th 2015
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's high school graduation rate has risen to 85.4 percent, the highest point since OPI began calculating the rate in 2000.
The number from the 2013 to 2014 school year marks the fourth consecutive year in which the graduation rate has increased. Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced the numbers Tuesday at a Capitol news conference.
Juneau credited the Graduation Matters Montana initiative with spurring communities and schools to work to improve students' college and career readiness. She also announced a new gift of $450,000 from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to fund the program for three more years.
Calculations made by the Alliance for Excellent Education show Montana is likely to see economic gains as a result of 520 additional high school students graduating from 2009-2014.
Here is the graduation rate for area high schools according to the Montana Office of Public Instruction:
Corps increases releases due to cold temperatures; normal runoff forecast for 2015
Wednesday, January 14th 2015
Omaha, Neb. — The U.S Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Water Management Office increased releases from Gavins Point Dam from 17,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 20,000 cfs in late December and early January to offset water lost to ice formation in anticipation of cold temperatures forecasted to enter the basin.
“Extremely cold weather locked Missouri River flows into ice and caused dips in river stages below Gavins Point,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Water Management Division. “Releases will be adjusted, as necessary, to maintain downstream river stages.” Releases will likely be reduced when more moderate temperatures return to the area.
Based on the current soil moisture and mountain and plains snowpack conditions, 2015 runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, is forecast to be 25.6 million acre feet (MAF). Normal runoff is 25.2 MAF. Annual runoff in 2014 was 35.0 MAF, which ranks eleventh highest in the 118 years on record.
The high runoff was the product of above normal mountain snowmelt runoff coupled with persistent summer rainfall in Montana and the Dakotas. “Rainfall events continued to occur in the upper basin through late August at a time of year when rainfall amounts historically diminish,” said Farhat. “Fall releases were increased to ensure the full flood control storage zone is available for the 2015 runoff season, which typically begins around March 1.”
System storage ended December at 56.4 MAF, just 0.3 MAF above the base of the annual flood control zone. Bitter cold temperatures in early January reduced inflows into the reservoir system as tributary rivers froze and system storage dropped sharply. “Current system storage is 56.0 MAF, 0.1 MAF below the base of the annual flood control system,” said Farhat. “The entire flood control capacity of the mainstem reservoir system stands ready to capture high runoff in the spring, reducing flood risk while providing good support to other authorized project purposes.”
Flow support for Missouri River navigation will likely be at full service levels for the first half of the 2015 season. The actual service level will be based on the total volume of water stored in the reservoir system on March 15 in accordance with guidelines in the Master Manual. Flow support for the second half of the navigation season, as well as the navigation season length, will be based on the actual July 1 system storage.
As of Jan. 1, the mountain snowpack was 101 percent of normal in the reach above Fort Peck Dam and 101 percent of normal in the reach from Fort Peck to Garrison Dam. Light plains snowpack has accumulated in western South Dakota and Montana with less snow seen in North Dakota.
“The Corps will continue to monitor the plains and mountain snowpack, and basin soil conditions through the winter and into spring to fine tune the regulation of the reservoir system based on the most up-to-date information,” said Farhat.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 is joining the world of social media. Marc Kloker, Region 6 Information and Education Program Manager, recently launched a Facebook page dedicated to the region: http://www.facebook.com/MontanaFWP.R6
The page will be devoted to Region 6 and statewide FWP news updates, information, and events. Updates will include fishing access site or boat ramp closures, start and end dates of hunting seasons, current ice conditions, new block management areas, regional fish and wildlife projects and more.
“This is an excellent resource to make FWP news and information immediately available to folks who are involved with social media,” Kloker said.
In addition, Kloker is seeking more ways to promote FWP activities via a variety of media platforms. “We are very proud of our region and our staff, and we want to show people what we are doing,” Kloker said. “We will be posting information, photos, and videos of the hardworking wardens, biologists, technicians, office staff and volunteers who help make Region 6 one of the best areas in the state for outdoor recreation.”
FWP encourages the public to be interactive with the Facebook page. People are welcome to add on-topic comments concerning hunting, fishing, camping or just enjoying nature in Region 6. Kloker noted, “We really want to see the public enjoying and celebrating the unique area we live in.”
If you would like to preview the page, log on to Facebook and search “Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6.” In addition, and for more information about FWP at the state-wide level, please view the recently mobile-friendly FWP main website at http://www.fwp.mt.gov.
Governor Bullock's Infrastructure Bill Includes Projects For Valley County
Tuesday, January 13th 2015
Montana Governor Steve Bullock's proposed infrastructure bill is up for a hearing today in the Montana House of Representatives. This proposed legislation includes grant funding for the City of Glasgow and the Glasgow School District along with funding for a bridge to be built in Valley County.
The legislation needs to be approved by both the Montana House and Montana Senate.
The City of Glasgow is looking to make improvements to its water system and the budget includes a $500,000 grant from the Treasure State Endowment Program. The total cost of the water system improvements would be $7,566,129. The City of Glasgow is also seeking $125,000 from the Renewable Reserve and Grant Loan program, a $2,595,336 grant from Rural Development and a loan in the amount of $4,145,794 from Rural Development. The City of Glasgow has already put forth $200,000 for this project.
The Montana Legislature will have to give final approval for the Treasure State Endowment money and the Renewable Reserve and Grant Loan Program.
Governor Bullock's proposed budget also is recommending $494,108 for Valley County to replace the Milk River Road Bridge which is located 2 miles northeast of Hinsdale and crossed over Beaver Creek. Valley County is kicking in $494,108 for the project which would replace the current bridge with a new concrete bridge.
Governor Bullock's budget is also recommending grant money to the Glasgow School District for security upgrades for the 3 schools in the Glasgow school system.
The Quality Schools Grant Program is funded by revenue from the timber harvest on common school trust lands, and rental income received from power site leases.
The Glasgow School District would use the grant of $150,390 to add access control systems to each school. The grant money would be used to install proximity badge readers at critical entry points at each school, to allow access only to those with a badge.
Glasgow School Election Set for May 5th With 2 Trustee Positions Up For Election
Tuesday, January 13th 2015
The Glasgow School District will have their annual school election on May 5th and 2 current members of the Glasgow School Board are up for election this year.
The two members whose terms are expiring are Nick Dirkes and Alison Molvig.
The deadline to file for the Glasgow School Board is March 26th.
For more information on filing as a trustee for the Glasgow School District you can access the school website at http://glasgow.k12.mt.us/ or contact the school administration office.
Video Gaming Generates $57 Million In Tax Revenue For State Of Montana
Monday, January 12th 2015
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Video gambling generated nearly $57 million in tax revenue for the state of Montana in fiscal year 2014.
The state Justice Department's Gambling Control Division says last year's video gambling revenue totals were 0.2 percent lower than fiscal 2013.
Video gambling taxes go into the state general fund.
Tax collections from video gambling machines peaked in fiscal 2008 at about $63 million, but tumbled to about $49 million in 2011 and began heading up, before the slight dip in the most recent year.
Gambling Control Division Administrator Rick Ask tells Lee Newspapers of Montana that based on first-quarter statistics, he expects total video gambling tax revenues in fiscal 2015 to top those in the two previous years.
Record Amount Of Snowfall For Glasgow On Monday
Tuesday, January 6th 2015
The National Weather Service is reporting that 6.7 inches of snow fell in Glasgow on Monday establishing a new record for January 5th. This breaks the old record of 5.3 inches set in 1980.
11.1 inches of snow has now fallen in Glasgow through the first 5 days of 2015. The snow depth in Glasgow is at 4 inches.
New Trends In Agriculture Seminar Set For January 14th
Tuesday, January 6th 2015
The Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce, Glasgow Implement Dealers and Montana Wheat & Barley Committee present New Trends in Agriculture seminar, January 14, 2015 to be held in Glasgow. This will be the ninth Agriculture seminar sponsored by the Chamber Agriculture committee. We are able to book nationally recognized keynote speakers and provide regional, national and global trends with agriculture producers and industry representatives from Iowa, North Central, Nebraska, Kansas, Northeastern MT and Western ND. The seminar is sponsored annually by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, MT Wheat & Barley Committee, Farm Equipment Sales, Border Plains Equipment, Zerbe Bros, Hi-Line Ford, Newton Motors, Pro-Coop and 28 additional sponsors representing financial institutions, insurance companies, chemical companies, seed companies, real estates and BNSF.
Keynote speakers for 2015 are DR. Barry Flinchbaugh and Bob Stougaard. “What to expect from Washington in 2015 and beyond” will be the focus of Dr. Flinchbaugh’s presentation. Dr. Flinchbaugh is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. A native of New York, Pennsylvania, Flinchbaugh holds B.S. in Animal Science (1964) and M.S. in Agricultural Economics (1967) degrees from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics (1971) from Purdue University. Flinchbaugh joined Kansas State University, Manhatten, Kansas, in 1971. He teaches a junior-senior level course in agricultural policy and lectures throughout Kansas and the nation on agricultural and economic policy.
Our other keynote speaker is Bob Stougaard. “Weed science and small grain agronomic research update will be the focus of Bob Stougaard’s presentation. Bob received his B.S. in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1978. He later earned his M.S. in Weed Science from Southern Illinois University in 1983 and his PH.D. in Weed Science from the University of Nebraska in 1987. After completing his PH.D., he joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska as the extension weed specialist for agronomic crops. He left Nebraska in 1991 for his current position with the Montana State University, located at the Northwestern Agricultural Research Center near Kalispell, MT. Current research areas focus on the biology and management of the orange wheat blossom midge, integrated management of stripe rust in wheat, and the development of competitive cropping systems. Farmer, banker and Market to Market host Mike Pearson keeps views informed as host of the “Weekly Journal of Rural America.”
There will also be two financial representatives sponsored by Edward Jones agent Bethanie Knight. Craig Miller from Protective Life & Andria Mueller from Legacy Design Strategies will focus their discussion on succession/estate planning.
The seminar will be held January 14, 2015 from 8:30A-3:30P at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow, MT. Registration is $15.00. For more information contact the Chamber at 406-228-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kloker Named Region 6 Information And Education Program Manager For Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Monday, January 5th 2015
Marc Kloker has been appointed as the Region 6 information and education program manager for Montana of Fish, Wildlife & Parks. He will be based out of Glasgow, and replaces Ron Selden, who passed away unexpectedly in August.
Kloker, 37, a longtime Valley County resident, comes to FWP from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, where he worked as a land use specialist in Glasgow.
He graduated from Nashua High School and obtained college degrees in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and Secondary Science Education from Dickinson State University. For 10 years, Kloker taught science education in both Nashua and Culbertson. During the summers he was a wild land firefighter and range technician with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at CMR in Fort Peck.
As the new information and education program manager, Kloker will be involved in several areas of public outreach and information, including news release distributions, social media updates, setting up public meetings, and administering the Citizens Advisory Council meetings for Region 6.
“I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to reach out to the public about all the great things that are taking place here,” Kloker said. “We have hardworking wardens, biologists, technicians, office staff and volunteers that help make Region 6 one of the best areas in the state for outdoor recreation.”
Kloker will also be involved in youth and adult education and is the Region 6 contact for the Hunter and Bowhunter Education programs. He is also a volunteer instructor.
Kloker will be engaged with other educational outreach, including working with teachers, helping present kids fishing classes and events, and developing programs for area kids and adults such as bird watching, bat netting, and insect collections.
“I’m particularly excited about the educational aspects of the job,” Kloker said. “Coming from an education background, I’m eager to use my teaching skills to share my love and respect for hunting, fishing, nongame wildlife, and all other types of recreation we have in this region, which I hope can lead to developing positive relationships with the state’s fish, wildlife and parks now and into the future.”
Marc and his wife Joanne have two children, Rowen, 5, and Holden, 1. The family loves the outdoors, and can often be seen canoeing, hunting, fishing, and camping across Montana. If you would like to get in touch with Kloker, please call him at 406- 228-3704, or email to email@example.com.
Region 6 Check Station Results Released
Monday, January 5th 2015
The final results are in at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Havre check station for the 2014 hunting season. Overall, hunter numbers and big-game harvest were down.
“In general, big game harvest was slower this year,” said Havre-area wildlife biologist Scott Hemmer. “This is likely due in part to the elimination of all Region 6 deer B licenses and buck-only harvest on the A-tag for mule deer. The weather this year also may have affected harvest. It was unseasonably warm at the beginning of the season, which may have reduced game sightings, and then was extremely cold at the end of the year, which reduced hunter numbers.”
Hunter numbers were down only 4 percent from 2013, but are still down 26 percent from long-term average. “Another factor why hunter numbers and harvest were down when compared to long-term averages is that deer and antelope numbers are still below normal,” Hemmer noted.
The hard winter of 2010-2011, which reduced antelope and mule deer populations in the region, is still showing its effect. In addition, epizootic hemmorhagic disease outbreaks in 2011-2013 impacted white-tailed deer numbers. “While game numbers for these species are recovering, they are still below the long-term average in many areas,” Hemmer said.
The antelope harvest more than doubled from 2013, but is still 81 percent below the long-term average. The mule deer harvest was 59 percent below average and white-tailed deer was 77 percent below. Elk harvest was down 28 percent from the long-term average.
On a positive note, upland bird and waterfowl numbers appeared to be up based on results from the Havre check station. “Pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, and Hungarian partridge harvest were all up from last year, and all but pheasant were above the long-term average,” Hemmer said. “Hunter reports for these species were consistently positive.”
Caregivers Program Starts Monday
Wednesday, December 31st 2014
Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers is a 6 week program beginning Mon. Jan. 5th. It will be each Monday at 10a.m. at the Glasgow Senior Center. This is an educational program for friends & relatives who are care giving for an aging adult or an adult with a chronic medical condition.
Today, nearly 22 million American households care for an adult with a chronic medical condition. While caregiving is always a labor of love, caring for someone can be physically, emotionally & financially draining. As a participant in this class you will learn to care for yourself while caring for another person, which in turn benefits both individuals.
The program involves 6 weekly interactive class sessions taught by Roubie Younkin, a certified Class Leader. You will learn a variety of tools & self-care skills which will help you take better care of yourself & enable you to continue being an effective caregiver. The tools presented in the classes help you to reduce personal stress, improve self-confidence, balance commitments, make tough decisions, & communicate with others.
Caregivers in all situations including direct in-home care, long-distance care giving, & caring for someone in a residential care facility will benefit from the classes.
For more information & to register contact Roubie Younkin at the Valley County Extension Office, 228-6241.
Information Sought in Antelope Poaching South of Hingham
Tuesday, December 30th 2014
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking information on the poaching of a four antelope south of Hingham.
FWP Warden Andy Matakis said the antelope, one buck, one doe, and two fawns, were shot on or around Dec. 23 and left to waste. The poaching took place on State land 9.5 miles south of Hingham on Hingham Road South.
“Antelope season closed nearly one and a half months ago,” Matakis said. “This is just a senseless act of killing and wasting game. There were four antelope shot and nothing was taken from any of the animals.”
Anyone with information about the crimes is encouraged to call Warden Matakis directly at 406-262-2407 or FWP’s 24-hour wildlife tip line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).
The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.
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