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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.

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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.

Glasgow Chamber To Pay $10 Processing Fee For Christmas Cash Loans 5-7pm October 24th
Tuesday, October 21st 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.

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.

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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.

Glasgow School District Seeking Public Input On Possible Name Change For Irle Elementary School
Wednesday, October 1st 2014
As construction continues on a new k-5 elementary school for Glasgow the Glasgow School Board is seeking public input on whether the new school should continue to be named R.L. Irle Elementary School.

The school district is seeking input in the form of a survey at the Glasgow school website. There are 3 choices for people to choose from.

1. Glasgow Elementary
2. R.L. Irle Elementary
3. Westside Elementary

People can vote at the school website: http://glasgow.k12.mt.us/

Two Valley County Residents Arrested And Charged With Growing Marijuana
Wednesday, October 1st 2014
The Valley County Sheriff's Office has arrested 2 people allegedly involved in a marijuana growing operation in the cabin area of Fort Peck near Duck Creek.

Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 that the VCSO and the Tri-Agency Drug Task force arrested Donald Allen and Lisa Hill both with addresses listed as 43 Mallard Drive in Fort Peck.

The VCSO executed a search warrant on August 22nd at 43 Mallard Drive and found a marijuana growing operation and confiscated marijuana with a street value of an estimated $80,000.

Both Donald Allen and Lisa Hill were charged with felony criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs.

Bond was set at $5000 for both and as of Tuesday night they were incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center.


Valley County Sheriff's Office Turns Over Theft Investigation To Outside Law Enforcement Agency
Monday, September 29th 2014
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier told Kltz/Mix-93 News that his office has turned over an investigation of theft involving the Fort Peck Fine Arts Council to an outside law enforcement agency.

Sheriff Meier said his office has been investigating the alleged theft since March and a suspect has been identified. Meier said that due to the complexity of the alleged theft and also white collar crime in general, the investigation has been turned over to an outside agency.

Felony charges are expected to be filed soon against the suspect according to Sheriff Meier.

The Fort Peck Fine Arts Council is the governing organization of the Fort Peck Summer Theatre.

Flu Clinic Set For October 7th
Monday, September 29th 2014
The Valley County Health Department will have a special flu vaccination clinic at the Health Department, located in the Annex, on Tuesday, October 7 from 8-5:30pm for those residents of Valley County who have not yet been immunized.

What are the benefits of flu vaccination?

There are a lot of reasons to get a flu vaccine each year.

Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick from flu. Protecting yourself from flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.

Flu vaccination can help protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from flu, like older adults, people with chronic health conditions and young children (especially infants younger than 6 months old who are too young to get vaccinated).

Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.

Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations and deaths.

A recent study* showed that flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74% during flu seasons from 2010-2012.

One study showed that flu vaccination was associated with a 71% reduction in flu-related hospitalizations among adults of all ages and a 77% reduction among adults 50 years of age and older during the 2011-2012 flu season.

Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions. Vaccination was associated with lower rates of some cardiac events among people with heart disease, especially among those who had had a cardiac event in the past year. Flu vaccination also has been shown to be associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes (79%) and chronic lung disease (52%).

Vaccination helps protect women during pregnancy and their babies for up to 6 months after they are born. One study showed that giving flu vaccine to pregnant women was 92% effective in preventing hospitalization of infants for flu.

Other studies have shown that vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-related hospitalizations in older adults. A study that looked at flu vaccine effectiveness over the course of three flu seasons estimated that flu vaccination lowered the risk of hospitalizations by 61% in people 50 years of age and older.

Montana Department Of Transportation Invests In Valley County Transit
Friday, September 26th 2014
HELENA -- The Montana Department of Transportation is investing $2.1 million for local and intercity transit equipment and infrastructure. Vehicles ranging from 45-passenger motor coaches to 5-passenger vans will be added to fleets around the state. New facilities and car ports will also be built.

According to Mike Tooley, MDT director, continued investment in community transit programs benefits not just those who rely on transit, but enhances community livability.

“Most Montanans can take for granted the ability to get to the grocery store, doctors and daily activities,” Tooley said. “But for many Montanans, these local transit providers are a life line to meeting basic transportation needs.”

MDT has concentrated on a coordinated process that encourages agencies in Montana communities to work together to pool transit resources to better serve their communities. Reliable transportation is important to quality of life in a large state like Montana.

Sixteen communities and two intercity providers will be receiving funding for capital investments. Earlier this year MDT awarded $7.8 million to providers for operating expenses.

Funding is awarded through a competitive process, with applications ranked by need and funding availability. These Federal Transit Administration funds are administered by MDT and provided to communities with a local match rate from 13.42 – 20 percent. The following list recipients and what will be funded:

BAKER

Fallon County -- 13-passenger van

BIG SKY

45-passenger motor coach

BOZEMAN

HRDC -- 40-passenger bus, 17-passenger bus

REACH -- 5-passenger van

BROADUS

Powder River -- 6-passenger minivan

BUTTE

BSW -- 12-passenger van

Butte Silver Bow -- Accessible van, 10-passenger van from Laurel Transit Authority

AWARE -- 12-passenger van

FORSYTH

Rosebud -- 2 carports

GLASGOW

Valley County Transit – facility, 19-passenger bus

HELENA

HATS -- 27-passenger bus

HATS Westmont -- accessible van

HOT SPRINGS

Sanders County COA -- 6-passenger minivan

KALISPELL

Flathead County Eagle Transit -- 17-passenger bus

LIBBY

Lincoln County Transit -- 12-passenger van

MALTA

Phillips Transit -- 19-passenger bus

MISSOULA

MRTMA -- 6-passenger minivan, 12-passenger van

RONAN

Lake County Transit -- accessible van

Mission Mountain Enterprises -- 6-passenger minivan,

SHELBY

Toole – NTI -- 19-passenger bus

WHITEHALL

Liberty Place -- 12-passenge van, facility improvements

INTERCITY SERVICE

Jefferson Lines -- facility upgrade for Billings relocation, retrofit motor coach

Salt Lake Express -- 27-passenger bus


Oil-patch killing suspect called fit for trial
Thursday, September 25th 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Department of Justice is asking the state Supreme Court to deny a Colorado man's petition to be declared unfit to stand trial in the murder of a Sidney teacher.

Mental health experts for both the prosecution and defense have agreed 25-year-old defendant Michael Keith Spell is mentally disabled.

But Assistant Attorney General Tammy Plubell wrote in a filing Wednesday with the high court that Spell's disability does not automatically render him unfit for trial.

She said Spell demonstrated his competency during a two-month evaluation last winter at the state mental hospital in Warm Springs.

A Nov. 17 trial is scheduled. Spell could spend life in prison if convicted in the January 2012 death of 43-year-old Sherry Arnold.

An accomplice pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors.

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Repairs To Rail Line Cause Disruptions To Amtrak Service In North Dakota
Wednesday, September 24th 2014
Amtrak continues service disruption to ND cities

(Information in the following story is from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com)

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Amtrak will continue to suspend westbound rail service from Fargo on its Empire Builder line and passengers traveling on to Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby will have to complete their journeys on buses.

The Minot Daily News reports the detour route will be reassessed before the holidays.

The service disruption is so that BNSF Railway Co. can make repairs to the line, which BNSF owns and Amtrak uses. The repairs were originally expected to last through Sept. 30.

Passengers traveling to Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby will get off the train in Fargo and take a bus to their destination stations. Passengers heading west from the three affected cities will be taken to Minot, where they'll board the westbound train.

Eastbound traffic will maintain its usual route.

Families from 2 reservations charged with theft
Tuesday, September 23rd 2014
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal investigation into corruption on Montana's Indian reservations has led to the indictments of members of two families.

In the first, prosecutors accuse Brockton's business manager of forging checks from the Fort Peck reservation town's bank account to herself, her husband and their daughters.

Desiree Lambert, Bernard Lambert Jr., Kayla Lambert and Kaycee Lambert were indicted Monday on charges of wire fraud, theft and identity theft.

Separately, a husband and wife who worked for Stone Child College in Box Elder are accused of taking more than $242,000 in kickbacks from a construction company.

Melody and Frank Henry are charged with embezzlement conspiracy, theft and bribery.

A phone listed under Melody Henry's name was disconnected. There is no phone listing for the Lamberts.

It is not clear whether any of the defendants have hired attorneys.

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Senator Tester Announces Federal Grant To Fight Domestic And Sexual Violence In Bakken Region
Tuesday, September 23rd 2014
Senator Jon Tester today announced that eastern Montana will receive more resources to fight domestic and sexual violence in the Bakken region.

The support comes from the Violence Against Women Act’s (VAWA) Bakken Regional Initiative, which aims to reduce domestic violence and offer increased support to survivors in the growing region.

The grants to reduce sexual violence will go to:

· Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence - $750,000

· Fort Peck Assiniboine And Sioux Tribes - $689,823

Tester is a strong supporter of the Violence Against Women Act and taking action to address the social and economic changes in the Bakken. He is holding a Senate field hearing on Friday, Sept. 26, at 9:00 a.m. in Sidney at the Richland County Fair Event Center to take an in-depth look at infrastructure and law enforcement challenges in the region.

Tester also wrote an op-ed earlier this month marking the 20th Anniversary of VAWA and held a hearing as the Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on human trafficking in the Bakken.

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