Based on the hit Disney cartoon, the high flying Tarzan comes to life on the Fort Peck Summer Theatre stage: a perfect adventure for the entire family. The high energy stage musical features all the beloved Oscar winning music from the film, written by multi-Grammy winner Phil Collins.
EJ Dohring and Kaylin Poirier star as Tarzan, opposite Taylor Caprara as Jane. 12-year-old Poirier, who plays Young Tarzan, hails from Saskatchewan, Canada and is a 4 year veteran of FPST’s Performing Arts Camp. She says “playing Tarzan is really exciting and fun, but it takes lots of work to show the physicality and all the emotion”.
Also featured as ‘human cast members’ are Matthew Whitfield as Clayton, Jay Michael Roberts as Snipes, Jamie Parnell as Porter and Chae Clearwood & Andy Meyers as Tarzan’s parents.
The jungle is inhabited by Hailey Stone as Turk, Chanel Bragg as Kala, John Knispel as Kerchak and Tayte Prewett as the Leopard with Brittany Brook, Aurora Chappell, Daniel Dunn, Sydney Hayward, Ethan Henry, Kerry Hoffman, Lauren Kolstad, Morgan Phelps, Noah Schleimer and Cordell Youkin.
Making her FPST directorial debut is Megan Wiltshire, who served as choreographer for last season’s Buddy Holly and has toured internationally as an actor/director with Missoula Children’s Theatre. She leads the artistic team that also includes Artistic Director Andy Meyers as choreographer, with musical director Alicia Bullock-Muth and Scenic Designer Sara Gunderson, who previously designed the magical world of Willy Wonka a few seasons ago. “Tarzan Goes Green”: The set is created almost entirely from re-used, re-imagined and re-purposed materials, collected thru generous donations from the local community. A portion of funds saved from set budget by using recycled materials will be donated to the World Wildlife Foundation’s Adopt a Gorilla program.
The entire summer company is very excited and has risen to the challenge of creating the world of Tarzan. According to Wiltshire, “Audiences will experience the thrill of being completely immersed into the story as it is brought to life with the feel of a theme park attraction, beginning the moment they step into the lobby.”
Performances are July 31 – August 16: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm.
For tickets and information, call the Fort Peck Summer Theatre Box Office at (406) 526-9943 Following Tarzan, the 2015 season concludes with STEEL MAGNOLIAS: August 21 – September 6
Nashua's Bud Geer Inducted into Montana Cowboy Hall Of Fame
Thursday, July 30th 2015
Today the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) announced the eighth class of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The inductees were chosen from a field of candidates nominated by the general public. Inductees are honored for their notable contributions to the history and culture of Montana.
“The board of trustees, our volunteer network from around the state, has reviewed this year’s nominations and completed the voting process,” said Bill Galt, White Sulphur Springs rancher and MCHF & WHC president. “This process gives local communities a strong voice in who will represent them in the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame exists to honor those—famous cowboy or not—who have made an impact in their community and serve as a symbol of Montana’s authentic heritage for future generations.”
The MCHF & WHC board of directors has designated 12 trustee districts across the state from which up to 20 trustees may be appointed. Nomination criteria established by the board for the Class of 2015 inductions allowed the election of up to one Living Inductee and two Legacy Inductees from each of the 12 districts. In the case of a tie, winning nominees are jointly inducted.
The 2015 inductees into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame are:
District 1 (Daniels, Phillips, Roosevelt, Sheridan, & Valley Counties): Living Award – Miles “Bud” Geer, Nashua. Legacy Award – Circle C Ranch, Zortman and Montie Montana, Wolf Point.
District 2 (Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Prairie, Richland, & Wibaux Counties): Living Award – Marvin K. Ley, Glendive. Legacy Award – C.A. “Bud” Kramer, Jordan and Chappel Brothers Corporation (CBC’s), Prairie Elk.
District 3 (Carter, Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Rosebud, & Treasure Counties): Living Award – Jack L. “Slug” Mills, Boyes (tie) and Doug Wall, Miles City (tie). Legacy Award – Charles G. Patten, Broadus and Manly Anderson Moore, Sr., Broadus.
District 4 (Blaine, Chouteau, Hill, & Liberty Counties): Living Award – Robert “Bud” Boyce, Big Sandy. Legacy Award – Larry Kane, Big Sandy and Harry Stuart Green, Big Sandy (tie) and Miller Brothers Land and Livestock, Chinook (tie).
District 5 (Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton, & Toole Counties): Living Award – Jay Joseph Contway, Great Falls. Legacy Award – Alfred Bertram “Bud” Guthrie, Jr., Choteau and Mary “Stagecoach Mary” Fields, Cascade (tie) and Doctor Ernest Bigalow Maynard, Choteau (tie).
District 6 (Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum, & Wheatland Counties): Living Award – Eldon H. Snyder, Lewistown. Legacy Award – Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous, Lewistown and Merle J. Boyce, Winifred.
District 7 (Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, & Yellowstone Counties): Living Award – Henry Albert “Hank” Scobee, Hardin. Legacy Award – Malcolm S. Mackay, Roscoe and Charlotte “Rusty” Linderman Spaulding, Belfry.
District 8 (Broadwater, Jefferson, & Lewis and Clark Counties): Living Award – Joseph W. “Joe” Enger, Helena. Legacy Award – Auchard Creek School, Augusta. District 9 (Gallatin, Meagher, & Park Counties): Legacy Award – Robert “Bob” Shiplet, Clyde Park and Thomas R. “Tom” Hunter, Clyde Park (tie) and Robert Anderson “Bob” Haugland, Belgrade (tie). District 10 (Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, & Sanders Counties): Living Award – Richard B. “Dick” & Patricia B. “Tricia” Vinson, Thompson Falls. Legacy Award – C.R. Williams, Kalispell. District 11 (Mineral, Missoula, & Ravalli Counties): Living Award – Frank R. Mason, Jr., Corvallis. Legacy Award – Vernon Woolsey, Stevensville and Clarence Barron “C.B.” Rich, Seeley Lake. District 12 (Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Silver Bow, Granite, Madison, & Powell Counties): Living Award (three-way tie) Edward Francis “Butch” O’Connell, Butte, “Gunner” Gun Again, Dillon, and John W. “Jack” Briggs, Dell. Legacy Award – Melvin R. Icenoggle, Ennis.
Since the initial round of inductions to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2008, including this year’s inductions, 240 inductees have been honored. Full biographies for past inductees are available on the MCHF & WHC’s website, http://www.montanacowboyfame.org.
In July, the MCHF & WHC commenced its first phase of construction in the central location of Big Timber, Mont., with modifications to the Hall of Fame headquarters and the creation of a world-class outdoor arena. The arena’s programming will allow the MCHF & WHC to highlight and celebrate the many traditions of our western heritage and cowboy way of life through quality western sporting events.
For more information about the MCHF & WHC, or for more details on the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees, please contact Christy Stensland by calling (406) 653-3800, emailing Christy@montanacowboyfame.org, or visiting http://www.montanacowboyfame.org.
Lori Dailey and Taylor Strommen are the preschool teachers at First Lutheran Preschool. The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Wednesday, July 29th 2015
After 25 years of teaching at First Lutheran Preschool, our teacher Liz Schmitt has resigned. Taylor Strommen has been hired and will be teaching the 3-year-olds on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 4 year-olds on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The morning classes are from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and the afternoon classes are from 12:30 to 3:00 pm.
Miss Taylor attended Hinsdale and Glasgow schools and graduated in 2009. She is currently completing her degree in Elementary Education. Taylor has a passion for singing: she traveled in Europe with the Northern Ambassadors’ program as a choir member and was a longtime performer at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre. Her decision to pursue an education degree and join the staff at FLP was greatly influenced by two of her favorite teachers. Taylor and Nathan Hopstad have two children: Hank is 6 years old and will be attending kindergarten this fall and Porter, a newborn, 3 months old.
Lori Dailey teaches the 5-day a week class which meets from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, Monday through Friday. Miss Lori has been a teacher at FLP since 2000. Lori and her husband Mike have 2 daughters, Sienna and Megan, who both attend college in North Dakota studying elementary education. Miss Lori is also the Glasgow High School Volleyball coach.
If you are interested in being a substitute teacher at First Lutheran Preschool, please stop by the church office for an application.
First Lutheran Preschool is excited to welcome Taylor Strommen to the staff and welcome back Lori Dailey. We do have a couple classes that are not yet full. Please call or pickup an application soon. FLP is located at 641 2nd Ave. N., Glasgow, Montana and the phone number is 228-4862.
Malmstrom Air Force Base Team Arrives In Glasgow To Check Out Ordnance At Pioneer Museum
Tuesday, July 28th 2015
A piece of ordnance on display at the Pioneer Museum in Glasgow became the subject of some frantic activity on Monday as a team from Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls arrived to examine the ordnance.
The ordnance which was about 30 inches tall had been on display for years at the Pioneer Museum but on Monday a visitor to the museum alerted officials that they were concerned that the shell hadn't yet been exploded.
A crew from Malmstrom Air Force Base arrived and examined the ordnance and initially felt the weapon was from World War 1 and possibly contained mustard gas. But after further review the ordnance was verified to be from World War 2 and was inert.
The shell was placed back on display but other ordnance's from the museum will be taken back to Malmstrom Air Force Base for further examination.
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier said the museum was closed for most of the day on Monday as the examination took place.
South Dakota Regulators To Hear Keystone Xl Arguments Again
Monday, July 27th 2015
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State regulators are considering whether to approve for the second time in just over five years construction through South Dakota of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, but it's unlikely a decision will come immediately.
The Public Utilities Commission hearing process starts Monday. The state authorized TransCanada Corp.'s project in 2010, but permits must be revisited if construction doesn't start within four years.
Commission Chairman Chris Nelson says it's unlikely the panel will come to a decision immediately.
He says TransCanada will present its case first, and then opponents will offer their side. Supporters say the pipeline will create jobs and tax revenues, while opponents argue it could contaminate water supplies.
The pipeline would transport oil from Canada to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines headed to the Gulf Coast.
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Public Comment Sought On Proposed 2015-16 Ice Fishing Contests
Saturday, July 25th 2015
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on ice fishing contests proposed for the 2015-16 winter season.
Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Most contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish.
Applications for contests may be approved, approved with conditions, or denied. Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts, or require additional access site maintenance when needed.
Information on the proposed fishing contests can be found on FWP's webpage at fwp.mt.gov; click "Fishing" then click "Fishing Contests". Look for "2015-16 Proposed Ice Fishing Tournaments" at the bottom of the page. Comments must be received by Aug. 20. Email comments to email@example.com; or mail to FWP Fisheries Division; Attn: Fishing Contests; P.O. Box 200701; Helena, MT 59620-0701.
Proposed 2015-16 Ice Fishing Contests
Northwestern Montana, Region 1 Dec. 12, 2015 Perch Assault - Smith Lake Dec. 13 Ice Duels Montana - Smith Lake Dec. 20 Perch Masters - Lower Stillwater Lake Dec. 26 Sunriser Lions Smith Lake Family Fishing Derby - Smith Lake Jan. 23-24, 2016 Bull Lake Ice Fishing Derby - Bull Lake Jan. 30-31 Fisher River Valley Winter Fishing Derby - Thompson Lake, et al Feb. 1-28 Perch Pounder, 13th Annual - All Region 1 Waterbodies Feb. 6 Snappy’s Lake Mary Family Derby, 16th Annual – Lake Mary Ronan Feb. 13 Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Murphy Lake Feb. 13-14 McGregor Lake Annual Fishing Derby - McGregor Lake Feb. 20 Perch Assault - Middle Thompson Lake Feb. 21 Ice Duels Montana - Echo Lake Feb. 27 Canyon Kids Christmas Fund Derby - Lion Lake March 5 Perch Assault - Lake Mary Ronan March 12-13 Bitterroot Bash, 5th Annual - Bitterroot Lake
South Central Montana, Region 3 Jan. 17 Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifier - Hebgen Lake Jan. 30 Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Clark Canyon Reservoir
North Central Montana, Region 4 Jan. 2 Scheels Ice Fishing Derby - Wadsworth Pond Jan. 23 Western Bar Ice Fishing Derby - Willow Creek Reservoir Jan. 23-24 Broadwater Lions Club Perch Derby - Canyon Ferry Reservoir
Northeastern Montana, Region 6 Jan. 30 Murph's 10th Annual Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament - Nelson Reservoir Jan. 30-31 Fresno Ice Derby, 5th Annual - Fresno Reservoir Feb. 20 19th Annual Glasgow Chamber Ice Fishing Derby - Fort Peck/Marina Bay Feb. 20 Hell Creek Ice Fishing Tournament - Fort Peck/Hell Creek Bay
AIS Inspections Station Numbers for Region 6
Saturday, July 25th 2015
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have released information on the number of watercraft inspected at Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) stations and the number of failed inspections. FWP reminds folks recreating on Montana waters to continue to be aware of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), and to continue to stop at AIS inspections stations.
As of July 10, Fort Peck roving inspection stations have checked 489 watercraft. Of those, five watercraft failed inspections. At the Culbertson inspection station, 76 boats have been inspected and 15 have failed inspections. Failed inspections were due to illegal bait or containing standing water.
AIS roving inspection stations will continue to move around to various locations around the region. Also, inspection stations will be randomly set up at water-access points. All watercraft, including boats, canoes, kayaks, and jet skis, ARE REQUIRED to stop at the inspection stations as directed by the designated signs. Tickets can be issued for watercraft that do not stop.
The focus of these efforts are to assist boaters with self inspection procedures and educate them about the importance of cleaning watercraft, checking live wells, and to ensure that any watercraft moving to another water body is completely clean and dry of AIS.
Last Hunter Education Class Offered in the Glasgow Area for 2015
Saturday, July 25th 2015
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunter Education course dates have been set for the Glasgow area, August 14-16. This will be the last hunter education class offered in the Glasgow area for this year’s hunting season. To be eligible to hunt and be fully certified during the 2015 season, hunters must be 12-years old by January 16th, 2016.
The hunter education class will be held in the Quonset building at the FWP headquarters in Glasgow. Classes will run from 4:30-9:00 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. on Sunday.
For the Hunter Education classes, please go to the FWP website at www.fwp.mt.gov to register. Look under the “Education” tab, go to the “Hunter Education” heading, and click on the “Hunter education programs” link. On the next screen, click on the “Find a class or field course” and follow the directions from there. Please make sure to print out all necessary material, and sign all necessary forms!
Parents, please have students pick up the Hunter Education Manual from the FWP office in Glasgow. Students are to read each chapter and COMPLETE all review sections before class on Friday. If workbooks are not complete, students will not be able to take the course. If you have any questions, please call the Glasgow FWP office at 228-3700.
State Wildlife Officials To Host Bison Impact Study Hearings
Friday, July 24th 2015
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State wildlife officials will host five public hearings in August on a draft environmental impact statement for bison conservation and management in Montana.
The draft report prepared by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks considers the possibility of restoring bison somewhere in the state where the animals could be managed as a native species.
The hearings for discussion and public comment will take place at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman on Aug. 4; the Holiday Inn Grand in Billings on Aug. 5; Great Falls College Montana State University in Great Falls on Aug. 18; Malta High School in Malta on Aug. 19; and at the Bureau of Land Management Office in Miles City on Aug. 26.
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Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Lesley Robinson of Dodson
Friday, July 24th 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today honored Phillips County Commissioner Lesley Robinson of Dodson, Montana for her service to Montana and counties in several other western states.
Mrs. Robinson was recently elected as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Counties (NACo) during the Committee’s 80th Annual Conference. She will now serve as regional representative for the entire western region of the United States.
Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.
Relay for Life is more than just an event. It's an experience. It's powerful. It's uplifting. It's HOPE. The Relay began in May 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran around a track in Tacoma, WA. for 24 hours. He ultimately raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society and inspired others to join the movement. To date, Relay for Life has raised over $5 billion to fight cancer. Northeast Montana's Relay for Life will be held at the Valley County fairgrounds in Glasgow beginning August 14 at 7 p.m. and continuing until 9 a.m. on August 15. Team registration and survivor registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the survivor dinner scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. Survivors are encouraged to contact Doris Ozark with any questions at 406-230-0663.
Each year, Relay for Life invites cancer survivors to share their experiences with the community. This year, Carol Neufeld will be speaking at the survivor dinner, and Megan Shaefer will share her experience during the opening ceremonies. You can expect entertainment, activities, and music throughout the event. In addition to various food vendors, a midnight meal and a Saturday morning breakfast will be provided.
The always inspirational and moving luminaria ceremony will be held at 10:00 p.m. Friday. The luminaria ceremony is traditionally held after dark. Candles are lit inside personalized bags and placed around the walking area and are meant to honor, remember, and support those affected by cancer. It will literally and figuratively cast a light on cancer's menacing touch. I am confident that every reader knows at least one person who has been touched by cancer. Luminaria forms can be picked up at multiple locations around town, including the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. For questions, contact Jamie Seyfert at 406-230-0137 or mail your completed forms to 109 Kilty Drive, Glasgow, MT 59230. For team members tasked with staying awake throughout the night, the fan favorite Amazing Race begins at 2:00 a.m. To wind down from the marathon of fun, or to gather yourself for the day ahead, participants are invited to join Toni Marie Lagree from the Yoga Wellness Center Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. for an instructional yoga class. Closing ceremonies for the annual event are scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.
It's not too late to join the fight. If you want to register a team, contact Andi Buckley at 406-478-4117. If you've never attended a Relay for Life event, mark your calendar for August 14 and 15 and plan to attend.
Valley County Community Foundation Scholarship Winners
Wednesday, July 22nd 2015
Two students, one studying art education and the other studying diesel mechanics and business, are recipients of the 2015 Clarence and Charlotte Fuhrman Scholarships, announced Ken Oster, chairman of the Valley County Community Foundation, which administers the scholarship.
The two exemplify attributes the Fuhrmans set when they established the scholarship, he said, adding that each will receive $1,750.
Recipient Melissa Unger begins her senior year at the University of Montana at Missoula this fall, graduating next spring with an art degree and licensure to teach kindergarten through 12th grade. She is a 2012 Glasgow High School graduate. Arlie Armbrister returns to Montana State University Northern in Havre this fall for his third year. The Hinsdale High School graduate plans a future in agriculture implement repair and business management.
The Fuhrmans, who farmed near Opheim, provided the scholarship to benefit graduates of all Valley County high schools. Scholarships are given annually and applications for 2016 will be available next spring. Notice of the due date is given through the VCCF website, http://www.valleycountycf.net, local media and high school guidance counselors. Among the requirements for the scholarship are completion of at least one year of study beyond the high school level and a 2.8 scholastic average.
Track Reopened After Derailment
Tuesday, July 21st 2015
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Travel restrictions have been lifted for a northeastern Montana highway where an oil train derailed last week and leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil.
The state Department of Transportation said Monday that U.S. Highway 2, the region's main artery, had returned to full operation after the wreckage site was cleared about five miles east of Culbertson.
The highway closed following Thursday's derailment and re-opened Friday with speed and lane restrictions.
Twenty-two cars of a BNSF train hauling fuel from North Dakota to the Cherry Point refinery in Washington state, derailed.
Nearby residents were temporarily evacuated, but no one was hurt and no fire or explosion occurred.
Oil leaked from four of the cars.
Federal Railroad Administration spokesman Matthew Lehner says the accident remains under investigation with agency officials still on the scene Monday.
Oil Train Derails Near Culbertson With At Least Two Cars Leaking Oil
Friday, July 17th 2015
CULBERTSON, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say an oil train derailed in rural northeastern Montana, prompting the evacuation of some homes and leaving at least two of the cars leaking oil.
Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick says there are no reports of injury or fire, but of the 21 cars that derailed only two remained upright.
BNSF spokesman Michael Trevino says the train was pulling 106 loaded crude oil cars when it derailed near Culbertson near the North Dakota border just after 6 p.m. Thursday.
Police and fire crews are at the site of the derailment, which has forced the closure of federal Highway 2, the region's main artery.
Frederick tells The Associated Press that crews are not going too close to the leaking cars until a BNSF hazardous materials team, enroute from Texas, reaches the scene. But he said that there was no immediate threat to public safety.
The sheriff didn't know how many homes were evacuated but described area as a rural setting with ranch homes spread apart.
New Irle Elementary School Ribbon Cutting Set For August 20th
Wednesday, July 15th 2015
The brand new Irle Elementary School which will serve K-5 students in the Glasgow School District will have its official ribbon cutting ceremony on August 20th.
The new school which took 2 years to construct is basically done but just minor finishing touches are being done now.
The new school will house K-5 students making it the largest school in the Glasgow School District.
The old Irle School is currently being demolished to make way for a parking lot, playground and grassy area for the new school.
Governor Bullock Announces Economic Development Funds for Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes
Tuesday, July 14th 2015
Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary today announced the recent award of $65,000 to support economic development efforts by the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes. The funds will support a Business Development Manager position, which will manage several projects critical to economic success on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
“This grant will support efforts by the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes to continue to build and strengthen their regional economy,” said Bullock. “We are pleased to be able to support tribal entrepreneurial ventures, create and retain jobs, and further develop infrastructure on reservations.”
Available through the Indian Country Economic Development (ICED) program, Director O’Leary said the funds will help the tribes bring new and existing projects to fruition.
“The ICED program allows tribes to focus on economic development projects that will bring the greatest benefit to their regions,” she said. “This position will continue to work on local projects that the tribes have determined are the highest priority for their area. The Department of Commerce is pleased to help with this effort.”
Projects the Business Development Manager will focus on include development of the old airport area with housing and commercial development, work on the Wellness Center, rail spur planning, analysis and development of tribal water usage, specialty crop feasibility, and progress toward a hotel and travel plaza.
“The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes hereby express our sincere thanks to Montana Governor Steve Bullock and his staff…for their award to the Fort Peck Tribes,” said A.T. Stafne, Tribal Chairman. “Economic development projects developed and grown on this site will have a major impact on the future of our Tribes, the community of Poplar and the entire economy of Northeast Montana.”
The state-funded ICED program is designed to promote economic growth on Montana’s Indian reservations. For more information on the ICED program, contact Program Manager Heather Sobrepena-George at (406) 841-2775 or visit www.iced.mt.gov.
Fire South Of Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge Has Been Contained
Tuesday, July 14th 2015
Wildland Firefighters achieved 100 percent containment of the The Alex Camp Road Fire by the end of the day July 10, 2015.
The 5,700-acre fire, first reported July 2, burned in an area five miles northwest of Crooked Creek Camp Ground in Petroleum County, Mont., south of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service Montana Department of Natural Resources, and contracted crews, including Arden Solutions Inc., cooperated to send 156 personnel to battle the lightning-caused fire, according to BLM Incident Commander Dennis Crawford.
To report wildfires, call 911 or the Lewistown Interagency Dispatch Center at (406) 538-1072. For more information on this wildfire, go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4370/. For information on fire restrictions, visit the fire restrictions website at www.firerestrictions.us.
Bow-Fishermen Urged to Properly Dispose of Fish & Related Waste
Tuesday, July 14th 2015
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is asking bow-fisherman to properly dispose of unwanted fish and related wastes. It’s summertime, and lots of people are out recreating on area waters, including bow-fisherman who are pursuing paddlefish and non-game fish with bows and arrows.
Warm summer evenings, calm weather and the July 1st opener of the Dredge Cut archery paddlefish season brings in hundreds of bow fisherman that participate in this unique fishery. Bow-fishing is the only means by which paddlefish can be harvested (i.e. no snagging is allowed), and a valid “blue” paddlefish tag is required. The bow-and-arrow harvest season for paddlefish in the Fort Peck Dredge Cuts runs from July 1 to Aug. 31.
Archers also shoot carp and other non-game fish while pursuing paddlefish. FWP is encouraging bow fisherman to either take these fish home (they make great garden fertilizer) or dispose of fish in areas that will not create problems for other recreationists. Disposal for fish should include being in deep water, well away from boat ramps, docks and swimming areas, and popping the balloon-like air bladder and letting the discarded fish sink to the bottom.
“The most unfortunate scenario is when fish are disposed of and left to rot near boat ramps,” said Steve Dalbey, Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6 Fisheries Program Manager. “Fish that are shot and still floating will eventually wash up on shore and potentially create a smelly mess that someone else has to deal with. Please try and dispose of your fish in an ethical manner.”
Dalbey said this is the busiest time of the year on our area waters, and there are all types of recreationists out enjoying the summer and the sun. In respect to all of these other users, bow-fishermen are asked to take the time to properly dispose of their harvested fish and related waste.
Parents: New vaccines added to school attendance requirement for 2015
Tuesday, July 14th 2015
The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) reminds parents that it is not too early to start thinking about back-to-school immunizations.
Parents need to be aware that the immunization requirements in Montana have been changed.
During the 2015 Legislative session, Governor Bullock signed into law House Bill 158 that added two more vaccines a student needs for school attendance. The law is effective October 1, 2015.
For the coming school year, students will need to be vaccinated against varicella disease, more commonly known as chickenpox. All students in kindergarten through 12th grade will need to have two doses of varicella vaccine. Students attending a preschool or prekindergarten will need one dose of varicella. If a student has already had a case of chickenpox, documentation from a physician can be accepted in lieu of the vaccine. Additionally, students who already had two doses of the vaccine do not need to repeat it.
According to DPHHS officials, many students may already be current on their immunizations. “National surveys show that many students are already in compliance with the new law,” said Jim Murphy, chief of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Bureau. “Parents may just need to check their child’s immunization status and provide an update to the school.”
Students in 7th -12th grades will also be required to have one dose of pertussis (whooping cough) containing vaccine. In previous years, only a Td, or tetanus/diphtheria, shot was required. The new law adds the pertussis component.
As long as a student has received at least one vaccine in the required series, that student may qualify for a conditional attendance as allowed by current regulations. A conditional attendance provision allows the student to stay in school while they finish the required shots.
The changes to the law were made to bring Montana’s immunization requirements more in line with the most current immunization recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP). Of note, Montana was the only state that did not require the varicella series and one of five not requiring a pertussis booster at middle school for attendance.
Additionally, the new requirements are intended to reduce the incidence of diseases like chickenpox and whooping cough both in school settings and in the community. Montana’s rates for both of these diseases are typically higher than any other state in the region.
DPHHS encourages parents to talk to their family physician or local health department should they have questions about whether or not their child has the necessary shots for school.
Fire Restrictions Take Effect on FWP properties in Blaine, Hill Counties
Thursday, July 9th 2015
In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and wildlife management areas (WMAs) are under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Blaine and Hill counties.
Officials in Blaine and Hill counties enacted the Stage I Restrictions, which ban campfires except where specifically exempted. Stage 1 Restrictions also prohibit smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, and in areas at least three feet in diameter that are cleared of all flammable materials.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for FWP sites in Blaine County will be in effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, July 9. Campfires will be prohibited at the Faber Reservoir FAS.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Hill County will be in effect as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 10. Campfires will be prohibited at Fresno Tailwater and Bailey Reservoir FASs, and also at the Rookery, Lost River, Fresno Tailwater, and Fresno Reservoir WMAs. Campfires will still be allowed, within steel campfire rings, at Bearpaw Lake FAS.
For updates on restrictions and closures around the state, go to http:///www.fwp.mt.gov and under the “news” tab, click on “drought and fire.”
FSA Looking For Committee Candidates
Thursday, July 9th 2015
The Valley County Farm Service Agency is looking for farmers or ranchers interested in serving on the local FSA County Committee. From June 15 through August 3, you can nominate a candidate for your local committee. Almost anyone participating or cooperating in an FSA program - and of legal voting age - can be nominated.
FSA county committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Through the county committee system, farmers and ranchers have a voice and their opinions and ideas are heard. So make a difference by nominating a fellow farmer or rancher.
Download the nomination form from the FSA website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections or pick one up at the Valley County FSA office in Glasgow. Remember, forms must be postmarked or delivered back to the county office by the August 3 deadline. Voting will take place this fall.
Filing Period Closes For Municipal Elections
Tuesday, July 7th 2015
The filing period closed for municipal elections in Valley County on July 2nd. Elections are set for November 3rd. Here are the filings for municipalities in Valley County.
Ward 1- Nancy Schoenfelder
Ward 2- Doug Nistler and Butch Heitman
Ward 3- Rod Karst
Ward 1- Michael Roberton
Ward 2- Les Redfield
Nashua: 2 positions available
Robert Zeluff Michael Stingley Judy Boyum
Mayor- John Jones
3 positions available on Town Council
Justin Schaaf Kirsten Marie Holte Mark Sullivan
City Of Glasgow Moves Forward With Purchase Of New Ladder Fire Truck
Tuesday, July 7th 2015
The Glasgow City Council moved forward with the purchase of a ladder fire truck for the Glasgow Fire Department.
The City Council gave Fire Chief Brandon Brunelle the go ahead to start looking for a used ladder truck for the GFD. The expected cost of the truck is $500,000. The Fire Department currently has saved $145,000 for the purchase of a truck.
The City of Glasgow will look into the formation of a Special Assessment District to pay for the purchase of the truck. This Special Assessment District will levy an assessment on every property in the city.
There are concerns that if the Glasgow Fire Department doesn't get a ladder truck in its inventory that insurance premiums could increase for Glasgow residents because of a lack of fire coverage.
American Classic Comes to Life at Fort Peck Summer Theatre
Monday, July 6th 2015
Texas Has a Whorehouse in It! Fort Peck Summer Theatre is pleased to continue the 46th season with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the lively musical, is based on the true story of the legendary brothel known as The Chicken Ranch in Gilbert, TX, which operated from 1840 to 1973, until a crusading, Houston radio commentator Melvin P. Thorpe (played by Morgan Phelps) forced it to shut its doors.
Audience favorite Shannon McMillan, whose Fort Peck credits include Roxie in Chicago, Penny in Hairspray and Rusty in Footloose, stars as Miss Mona, a role immortalized on screen by Dolly Parton. In her time away from Fort Peck, McMillan’s diverse resume includes headlining as a vocalist on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Matthew Whitfield tackles the Burt Reynolds role, Sheriff Ed Earl.
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a directed and choreographed by Fort Peck Artistic Director Andy Meyers, with musical direction by Luree Green-Chappell. Quinn Vaira serves as Assistant Director.
The large cast also features Becky Johnson, Chanel Bragg, Brittany Brook, Lily Helland, Taylor Caprara, Chae Clearwood, Megan Wiltshire, Ellen Walstad, Rachel Lynn Pewitt, Hailey Stone, Dan Hance and Jon Svingen, as well as a live band.
The Aggie’s Football Team, which is challenged with the musical’s famous 7 minute dance break (and includes many local actors making their FPST debuts) is: Jacoby Collins, Nick Dirkes, Joe Doney, Daniel Dunn, Chaz Gordon, Ethan Henry, John Knispel, Jamie Parnell, Noah Schleimer and Harlan Taylor.
Performances are July 10 – July 26: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 4:00 pm. For tickets and information, call the Fort Peck Summer Theatre Box Office at (406) 526-9943
Following The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the 2015 season continues with: DISNEY’S TARZAN: July 31 – August 16 STEEL MAGNOLIAS: August 21 – September 6
Fireworks Display Set For Saturday Night
Friday, July 3rd 2015
The 4th of July fireworks display is set for Saturday night about 10 p.m. at the Valley County Fairgrounds.
This year marks the use of electronic firing which should make for a better, safer show for the volunteers.
If you choose to set off your own fireworks, remember that it is illegal in the Glasgow city limits, as well as on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land and the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge.
Other events this weekend include the Hinsdale rodeo and parade; the rodeo begins Friday night at 6 p.m.
And the John Hahn Memorial Softball Tournament starts Friday evening, running through Sunday.
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